FSI CDH Course Fellow

Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)

Humanistic Approaches to Media and Data (HUM 295)

Course Fellow Job Description

Summer 2023


Freshman Scholars Institute: Program Overview

FSI is a seven-week summer program that allows a cohort of entering students the chance to experience the intellectual, co-curricular, and social life at Princeton prior to the beginning of the fall semester. During the program, Freshman Scholars immerse themselves in the intellectually vibrant culture at Princeton through seminar-style courses and laboratory experiences. They engage with fellow scholars in a variety of co-curricular, community-building activities, and work closely with faculty members from a range of academic disciplines and fields. By experiencing early the many resources that Princeton has to offer, Freshman Scholars have the chance to prepare themselves to be future campus leaders and peer mentors. In the summer of 2023, which we anticipate teaching in-person, FSI will begin on June 28th (Monday) and conclude on August 18th (Friday). 


Humanistic Approaches to Media and Data: Course Overview Description

This course introduces students to humanistic frameworks, methods, and tools for thinking critically about our screen- and data-saturated environments. Starting with the premise that studying these environments involves both reading theory and working with data, this course consists of reading discussion seminars alongside a weekly “collaboratory” where students will learn the basics of coding, computational analysis, and visualizing cultural data. As we explore these approaches to the study of media, culture, and technology, we will consider the stakes of such inquiry from the standpoint of racial justice, ethics, and equity.


HUM 295 Course Fellow: Position Description

Course Fellows are experienced peers learners who work with students enrolled in HUM 295. In addition to attending the weekly seminars and collaboratory (total of 6 hours per week), Fellows will facilitate group study sessions to help students understand course readings and brainstorm responses to weekly guided questions (~2 hours per week; schedule TBD), and set weekly “office hours” for students to check in and get help with weekly assignments (~3 hours per week; schedule TBD). Course Fellows will also regularly meet with members of the HUM 295 teaching team to discuss course progress, and contribute overall to a welcoming and inclusive academic community during FSI. Fellows will receive training from the Freshman Scholars Institute’s Inclusive Pedagogy Symposium once per week, and ongoing guidance and support from their seminar instructor. 


Note: Because of the time commitment involved in the position, Course Fellows may not also take part in a full-time summer research opportunity, including but not restricted to ReMatch and OURSIP.



HUM 295 Course Fellows will gain:

  • Room and 3 meals/day beginning June 27 and ending August 18
  • An additional $17/hr for 20-25 hrs/week during the 8-wk FSI term 
  • Intensive mentorship and training from FSI staff and HUM 295 instructors.
  • Teaching experience with a diverse undergraduate population.



Commitment: ~25 hours/week


Pre-FSI commitment

FSI Course Fellows should expend to spend approximately 10 total hours prepping for FSI prior to June 28 on the following activities:

  • Attending professional development trainings and staff meetings 
  • Communicating with and disseminating information to accepted Freshman Scholars


FSI Program Commitment

Course Fellows should plan to spend 25 hours per week on the following responsibilities: 

  • Attend and participate in a 3-day training on June 28-29
  • Attend and help facilitate FSI Orientation on July 2-3
  • Attend and help to facilitate FSI Reorientation on August 17-18
  • Attending and participating in ongoing professional development trainings
  • Attending Monday/Wednesday seminars and Friday collaboratory; supporting HUM instructors in their lesson plans.
  • Meeting weekly with HUM instructor to plan upcoming instruction and debrief recent work.
  • Becoming familiar with all readings and related discussion questions at least one week prior to FSI students’ engagement with them.
  • Scheduling and leading weekly group study sessions with small groups of HUM students to help them understand readings and brainstorm responses to weekly discussion questions.
  • Actively participating in and helping moderate Canvas discussion forums.
  • Providing additional mentorship, curricular, and co-curricular support to Freshman Scholars as needed.


Mature undergraduate students possessing advanced critical reading and writing skills, along with a passion for teaching and mentoring. Familiarity with or interest in critical media and data studies, Python programming, web scraping, data analysis, data visualization, or digital humanities a plus, but not necessary


Deadline to Apply: Monday, March 20, 2023, 12:00 PM (noon) EDT



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