NFCDS Pedagogy Fellowship

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The Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship Pedagogy Fellowship is an opportunity for Notre Dame PhD students to build their teaching expertise, gain instructional experience, and engage in a community of practice. In addition to devising and delivering digital scholarship learning opportunities (including, but not limited to, geographic information systems, data analysis/visualization, natural language processing, and discipline-specific computational tools), fellows will gain experience in evidence-based and innovative instructional methods, collaborative teamwork, and communicating their research and scholarly interests outside of their discipline.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters or College of Science PhD student is eligible to apply. If you are not affiliated with the Colleges of Arts and Letters or Science but are interested in exploring whether you may be able to participate in this fellowship, please email with more information about your interest and circumstances.
  • Applicants do not need previous digital scholarship expertise or teaching experience.
  • Note: Applicants who are offered a fellowship must provide confirmation that advisor support for participation has been secured prior to the program start date.

Program Goals and Activities


  • Goal 1 — Learn: Understand, apply, analyze, and reflect on evidence-based practices and principles related to the teaching and learning of computational, technological, (digital) methodological skills.
  • Goal 2 — Teach: Engage in teaching observation activities as both a teacher and an observer.
  • Goal 3 — Collaborate: Serve as a member of the fellowship community of practice and the NFCDS team.


  • Orientation.
  • Book discussion group participation.
  • Meet with cohort weekly for discussions on pedagogy and professional development, Kaneb Center training in workshop delivery and inclusive pedagogy, virtual or in-person consultations with invited speakers, and other activities.
  • Dedicate time to mastering appropriate digital skills through project-based learning.
  • Develop a new curriculum module for the NFCDS workshop series.
  • Deliver a test-run of their workshop series for fellows, mentors, and the ND community.
  • Implement a class assessment for fellows to provide feedback and troubleshoot.
  • Meet with mentors to discuss pedagogy, professionalization, and career discernment.
  • Continue to meet with cohort weekly for discussions, training, interaction with invited speakers, and other opportunities.
  • Book discussion group participation.
  • Deliver their workshop in one or more train-the-trainer sessions.
  • Implement a class assessment for students to provide feedback to instructors.
  • Lead an assessment review with a group of instructors.
  • Revise the workshop series into an element of a larger hypothetical course/syllabus.
  • Identify and pursue appropriate professional venues to showcase the workshop, the design process, and/or lessons learned from iteration (e.g. open-access syllabus on GitHub Pages, public humanities or digital pedagogy peer-reviewed journal).
  • Meet with mentors to discuss digital pedagogy, professionalization, and career discernment.
  • (Potential) Collaborate with NFCDS, the City of South Bend, and the St. Joseph County Public Library to develop and teach data literacy workshops for South Bend region non-profit organizations.
  • (Potential) Record “teaching observation” and screencasts of an introductory module of their workshop with help from the ND Office of Digital Learning.
  • Exit interview.


NFCDS Pedagogy Fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000 for approximately 5 hours per week of work over the course of an academic year.

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Important Dates

Application opens

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Application deadline

Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 11:59pm

30-minute interviews (scheduled via email with finalists)

  • Friday, August 20, 2021 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 10:00am - 11:30am

Fellowship offers sent via email

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Deadline for email response to fellowship offers

Friday, September 3, 2021


To be confirmed

Weekly meetings begin

Week of September 6, 2021

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Applications are accepted from Thursday, July 15, 2021, through Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 11:59pm.

Application Form

View application as PDF in new tab

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Meet the Fellows

Cohort 1, Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Coming soon!

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Email the NFCDS Pedagogy Fellowship Team at

  • Arnaud Zimmern, Program Facilitator
  • Ben Chiewphasa, Program Lead
  • Daniel Johnson
  • Julie Vecchio
  • Matthew Sisk
  • Michael Deike
  • Natalie Meyers
  • Scott Weingart
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