HASTAC is a growing global community known as the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. The international HASTAC Scholars program is designed for graduate students with interests and expertise in digital media, 21st-century higher education, the digital humanities, and technology in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

The UI’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies invites applications from graduate students who would like to work with us as a HASTAC Scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Obermann HASTAC Scholar will collaborate with Obermann staff members and affiliated faculty to develop a Wordpress site our 2017-18 Obermann Humanities Symposium. The HASTAC SCHOLAR is the Center’s ambassador to graduate students on campus and to thousands of HASTAC members.


  • participate on the planning committee for the spring 2019 Obermann Humanities Symposium through the academic year
  • learn to use Wordpress effectively for event planning
  • help to develop resources for the conference Wordpress site
  • strategize with Center staff to design imaginative, engaging social media plan to engage graduate students, in particular, in the conference and related events. The media plan might include blogging, tweeting, vlogging, podcasting, and other forms of networking with the online HASTAC community and with local communities. 

We anticipate that our HASTAC Scholar will spend an average of one to two hours a week on this project. We will plan collaboration time with the Scholar, respecting the student’s primary obligation to her or his graduate work. We believe the digital, design, and marketing skills combined with learning to work as part of a collaborative team are excellent preparation for a range of careers.


The appointment includes a $1,000 stipend to be used for research expenses.

 To learn more about this program, visit the HASTAC Scholars website.

Application Period: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 to Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Applications are due April 10, 2018.


Applications are welcome from students in any discipline, but applicants must be enrolled in a UI graduate program (in any college or department), on campus in AY 2018-2019, and in good standing in their graduate programs.

Selection Criteria

  • Good standing in student’s graduate program.
  • Evidence that the applicant understands and shares HASTAC’s core values.
  • Evidence that the applicant’s ongoing academic and professional goals will benefit from participation in HASTAC.
  • Interest in learning more about the activities, programs, participants, and communication challenges of an academic center.

Required Items

Submit the following materials in a single PDF to Erin Hackathorn at erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu by April 10, 2018:

  1. A one- to two-page letter of interest that explains how your participation in HASTAC will benefit you and how your work to date reflects HASTAC’s principles.
  2. A brief bio paragraph of no more than 250 words that describes you research interests (which may be your work as an artist). Include your dissertation topic, if applicable.
  3. A curriculum vitae of no more than two pages.
  4. An e-mail from your academic advisor addressed to erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu stating the following: “I affirm that APPLICANT’S NAME is in good standing in NAME OF GRADUATE PROGRAM and will be on campus for the 2018-2019 academic year. I support this application to the HASTAC Scholar program.

Additional Notes

For more information or questions, contact Erin Hackathorn at 319-335-4034 or erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu.