“Foundations in the Humanities” Prison Correspondence Program

Read the featured story in The Current about the “Foundations in the Humanities” program.

“Foundations in the Humanities” is a correspondence program for people incarcerated in California Men’s Colony and Kern Valley State Prison. The curriculum for the course consists of short works of fiction, poetry, and essays. The course is taught by IHC Graduate Teaching Fellows, and the “Foundations in the Humanities” program provides students a paid opportunity to explore issues of civic engagement and social justice, as well as to gain experience teaching in the humanities, working with non-traditional students, and alternative course delivery.


Working with the IHC Director, Graduate Teaching Fellows will teach a correspondence course, consisting of six texts and accompanying worksheets, for incarcerated individuals throughout California. Each Fellow will work with up to fourteen participants and will receive $750 for participation in the program. Fellows also enroll in a quarterly one-unit seminar with the IHC Director, in which Fellows discuss short readings about the California prison system as well as course goals and pedagogical approaches. The course will be scheduled for an hour each week and will meet many, but not all weeks throughout the year, as needed. Fellows spend a total of about 40 hours in class and responding to students’ work, and they are expected to read and provide written responses to student assignments within five days of receiving them.

Fellows must have prior teaching experience in humanities courses in which they have provided critical feedback on student essays devoted to close reading. To apply, please submit a CV and letter of application expressing your interest in the project and describing relevant prior experience to ihcucsb@gmail.comby Friday, August 31, 2018. Please also have a faculty member submit a letter of reference that speaks to how this work will support your graduate studies, the quality of your responses to student assignments, and your reliability. Recommenders should send their letters directly to ihcucsb@gmail.com by Friday, August 31. Contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad at nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu with any questions about this program.



The Graduate Teaching Fellows Program was previously known as the Graduate Affiliates Program.

Previous Graduate Affiliates Program Fellows:

2017-2018: Graduate Teaching Fellows

Nicole Dib, English
Olga Faccani, Classics
Gena Goodman, Classics
Adam Morrison, Religious Studies
Cierra Raine Sorin, Sociology

2016-2017: Community Matters

Corinne Bancroft, English Department
Daniel Grinberg, Film and Media Studies
Matt Harris, Religious Studies
Jasmine Kelekay, Sociology Department
Jennifer Lugris, Art Department

2015-2016: The Humanities and the Brain

Sara Balance, Department of Music
Rebecca Chenoweth, Department of English
Rena Heinrich, Department of Theater and Dance
Evelyn Patrick Rick, Department of Classics
Allison Shapiro, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
John Thibdeau, Department of Religious Studies

Visit here for more information on The Humanities and the Brain.

2014-2015: The Anthropocene: Views From The Humanities

Chloe Diamond-Lenow, Feminist Studies
Corrie J. Ellis, Sociology
Andrew Esch, History
Yanjun Liu, Political Science
Alexandra Magearu, Comparative Literature
Brian Tyrrell, History
Christopher Walker, English

Visit here for more information on The Anthropocene: Views from The Humanities.

2013-2014: The Value of Care

Heather Berg, Feminist Studies
Lauren Ming Holden, Theater and Dance
Cheryl Jaworski, English
Chandra Russo, Sociology
Jay Stemmle, History

Visit here for more information about The Value of Care.