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i3 PhD Teaching Fellow

Number of Openings: 4

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information seeks four doctoral students to serve as Teaching Fellows at the upcoming 2019 iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3).

i3 is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Each year 20-25 undergraduate students from across the country are selected to become i3 Scholars. Those students undertake a year-long experience that includes two summer institutes held at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information and a team research project.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has supported i3 with four grants totaling more than $2.3 million. Most recently, a three-year renewal grant of $850,000.00 was awarded in June 2016 to expand the size of the program through 2019. Additional support has come from the iSchools Caucus, a consortium of information schools dedicated to advancing the information sciences as a broad, interdisciplinary field. Select partner iSchools have created scholarship offerings for i3 Scholars applying to their respective graduate programs.

Job Duties

i3 Teaching Fellows will co-teach a two-week module to the 2019 cohort of i3 Scholars (25 students). Two Teaching Fellows will be selected to co-teach a two-week Programming Module, introducing students to the basics of a programming language (preferably Python, but will consider others). An additional two Teaching Fellows will be selected to co-teach a two-week Research Design module introducing students to key research elements (e.g., formulating research questions, choosing between qualitative and quantitative methods, coordinating a research study, data collection, data analysis, presentation of findings).

Teaching Fellows will be responsible for co-teaching 1.25 hours per day for 10 days. Additional time will be required for instructional preparation and follow-up with i3 Scholars. Teaching Fellows may also attend any of the other i3 events, speakers, or tours included in the institute schedule.

The class schedule, a detailed curriculum outline, and teaching resources will be provided by i3. With assistance from i3 Faculty and Staff, Teaching Fellows will be responsible for developing and delivering syllabi, as well as the daily, in-class content of their respective modules.

Teaching Fellows will be provided with work space within the School of Computing and Information, access to our labs, access to the University’s 17 libraries, access to office supplies and equipment, and the support of our administrative staff.

During their residency, Teaching Fellows will have the opportunity to individually teach a workshop/seminar on a topic of their choosing. In addition, Teaching Fellows will be paired with a faculty mentor from the School of Computing and Information throughout the fellowship period to provide guidance and facilitate professional development.

Teaching Fellow Dates

  • Arrival to University of Pittsburgh: June 20, 2019
  • Departure from University of Pittsburgh: July 6, 2019
  • Teaching Modules: June 24 – July 5, 2019


  • Applicants must have documented experience as a teaching assistant or course instructor within an iSchool or similar institutional context
  • Applicants must have completed one semester of coursework at the doctoral level
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients
  • Applicants should have experience working with students from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds and documented experience working in a diverse, multicultural teaching and research environment
  • Applicants should ideally have the long-term goal of becoming a faculty member at an iSchool or similar institutional context
  • Doctoral students at iSchools will receive priority consideration
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and increasing opportunities for underrepresented populations


Fellows will receive a $1,000.00 honorarium. Fellows will receive up to $250.00 for course supplies and materials. Travel expenditures to/from Pittsburgh will be paid for by i3. Housing arrangements will be made in University of Pittsburgh apartments and provided by i3 at no cost to Teaching Fellows.

Application Materials

Application packages should include a cover letter, CV, and sample course evaluations or a letter from a faculty member attesting to the applicant’s teaching excellence. Applicants should indicate in their cover letters their preferred teaching module (i.e., Programming or Research Design).

Application packages should be submitted online here. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Preference will be given to applications submitted by February 15, 2019.

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