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All teachers of art history, visual culture, or material culture at the college/university level are invited to apply to join a peer-supported learning community devoted to creating innovative pedagogical materials that engage with computational image generation technologies such as DALL-E 2, Midjourney, or Stable Diffusion. Applications are equally welcome from educators interested in talking about these technologies as direct subjects of inquiry as well as from those who wish to use them as pedagogical tools for the study of the visual and material culture throughout human history.

Participants in this peer-supported learning community will be offered travel funding to convene for a one-day, face-to-face workshop at the University of Pittsburgh on January 26, 2024. This event will include a hands-on workshop focused on the dangers and opportunities presented by computational image generators, a mid-day keynote, and structured, collaborative work time. The cohort will then have a chance to continue their conversations and mutual support during monthly videoconference sessions held between February and April 2024. Individual research assistance and project management support will also be offered to participants by the Visual Media Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh between January and April 2024. Participants will have the opportunity to publish their final pedagogical deliverables to the project’s website.

We wish to assemble a highly diverse cohort of college/university-level educators currently teaching in the fields of art history, visual culture, and material culture. Applications are welcome from educators at all career stages as well as all contract types and disciplinary backgrounds. We also welcome applications from teachers at all types of institutions of higher learning, including (but not limited to) community colleges, smaller teaching colleges, larger research universities, tribal colleges, and HBCUs. Candidates from historically underrepresented or marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest (2-3 pages) that includes a description of the changes they would like to make to their course(s) or pedagogical practice and also offer a timeline on which they plan to implement these changes in the classroom. The letter of interest should directly address the applicant’s pedagogical reasons for engaging with these technologies as well as the outcomes they desire from participating in this learning community. Proposals for a wide range of pedagogical approaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels–from syllabi transformations, to reimagined, technologically-inflected seminar practice, to the creation of modular hands-on workshops–are eagerly sought. Applicants are welcome to submit pre-existing syllabi or pedagogical materials, although a thorough description of the course material and/or teaching approach under consideration will be acceptable. Please also include a current CV or resumé.

The travel support for the one-day, face-to-face workshop held in Pittsburgh on January 26, 2024 will include two-night’s accommodation in a local hotel, up to $160 in per diem expenses, and up to $750 in transportation expenses. Applications are due November 29, 2023. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance on December 8.

Application materials should be emailed to Dr. Alison Langmead at vmwshop@pitt.edu.