NFCDS Pedagogy Fellowship

About // Important Dates // Apply // Meet the Fellows // Questions


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

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Meet the Fellows

Cohort 1, Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Elizabeth Brooks

Elizabeth is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Biology. Her research is focused on using genomics techniques to investigate the impact of environmental change on phenotypically divergent natural populations. It is her goal to deliver a workshop that leverages the experience that many researchers have in R programming to reinforce best practices in data analysis. This will lead to learning command line basics, and how the command line can be used with R and BASH scripting to develop custom data analysis pipelines.

Kenya Lee

Kenya is a third-year graduate student in the Sociology program. Her research focuses on school discipline, institutions, and the school-to-prison nexus. As a NFCDS fellow, Kenya aims to develop a workshop that encourages local high school students to think critically about data and how it shapes the world, through activities that focus on how students can start their own critical data analysis and visualization work. Her goal for the workshop series is for every participant to see themselves as a social scientist and critical consumer of data.

Jacob Swisher

Jacob is a second-year graduate student in the Department of History. His research focuses on the entangled histories of people, animals, and commodities in the early modern Rio Grande Basin. Jacob also has broad interests in environmental history, the history of the North American West, and the digital humanities. During the 2021-2022 academic year, Jacob is excited about developing a workshop for humanities students who are interested in learning to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to conduct scholarly research and communicate with a variety of audiences.

Craig Waitt

Craig is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is currently working with William Schneider in the Chemical Engineering department, where they have been developing computational models to understand molecular structure and catalytic reactivity at the atomic level. His goal as a NFCDS fellow is to design and implement a workshop or workshop series that introduces students to the basics of LaTeX: How do you create a document? How can you change the document format? How do you compile (or export) your document? This workshop will provide introductory guidance that will help students create publications, resumes, and letters in LaTeX.

Yuyi (Wynona) Wan

Wynona is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Physics, specializing in experimental particle physics. Her research work with professor Kevin Lannon and Randal Ruchti focuses on the CMS experiment at CERN and scintillating material studies for the hadron calorimeter. While academic life is not merely a unitary practice of course materials, Wan is also interested in enhancing her abilities as a speaker and instructor. The NFCDS fellowship provides a great opportunity to inspect, explore and learn. Through developing and delivering workshops, fellows are able to improve their instructing, lecturing, and communicating skills that are crucial to all career circumstances. Wan aims to design workshops that bring physics-related digital knowledge such as circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, etc., to the Notre Dame non-physics community. It’s important to her that the subject she is passionate about can also bring excitement and change to her students’ view of the world.

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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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