For Graduate Students

Navigating Uncertainty through Humanities-Business Connections

Call for Project Assistant

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017

The Center for the Humanities and the Wisconsin School of Business invite applications for a Project Assistant, to help implement and support Risk and Reward: Navigating Uncertainty through Humanities-Business Connections for the 2017-18 academic year. 

This is a nine month, 50% PA appointment (approximately 20 hours/week), beginning August 21, 2017. It includes salary, benefits, and tuition remission.  

Project Overview

Navigating Uncertainty is a new, multiyear project generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This project, a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Letters & Science (L&S) and Wisconsin School of Business (WSB), seeks to expand the role and impact of the humanities in the undergraduate business curriculum, by a) launching an undergraduate curricular innovation which challenges the standard notion of the humanities as theoretical and business education as practical, and b) forming a faculty learning community that brings together UW-Madison scholars from across campus to explore connections between humanities and business education.

Navigating Uncertainty will:

1) create a set of humanities seminars to be offered to business and humanities majors during their first two years of introductory college coursework. These courses will share a common question, developed by faculty from the humanities and business, around the concept of Navigating Uncertainty; each seminar will explore this question from different disciplinary lenses;

2) develop a project-based, mentor-supported co-curricular experiential learning opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of upper-level undergraduates; this opportunity will be grounded in extracurricular activities offered to students enrolled in the set of seminars, leading towards teams of business and humanities students proposing projects for the Center’s Public Humanities Exchange program for undergraduates (HEX-U);

3) bring together faculty in the humanities and business to explore the theme of Navigating Uncertainty through a public lecture series, Foreseeing the Future, which will bring nationally-known visiting scholars to Madison for an annual public lecture, as well as encourage smaller group scholarly interactions among faculty.

Position Description

The Navigating Uncertainty Project Assistant will be responsible for regularly meeting with the project team members and in particular the faculty teaching the set of seminars; publicizing the project in both the WSB and L&S across a wide range of platforms/media, including direct outreach to undergraduate students and advising programs; and creating a project website or platform where students can engage with their cohort across the three seminars, access shared texts/resources, and collaboratively address the common question(s) taken up across the seminars.

The PA will also coordinate extracurricular events for the cohort of seminar students in spring 2018, including helping to plan and implement a workshop or discussion group led by the Foreseeing the Future speaker.

We expect the graduate student hired for this position to have experience teaching undergraduates and building experiential learning into course design; facility using technology to create virtual communities and generate scholarship; and genuine interest in building humanities connections with other fields, including professional fields. They should also have experience with or willingness to learn academic and advising outreach, including providing in person, print and social media publicity for the project. Experience with First Year Interest Groups (FIGs) and/or the Center for the Humanities’ HEX program is desirable, as is business education or private sector work experience.

Eligibility and Application Procedure

This position is open to UW-Madison graduate students in the humanities and related fields. Applicants will be reviewed based on their relevant experience and skills; academic accomplishments in the humanities; and their interest in creating connections between the humanities and other fields.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for two references, in a single PDF document, by email to Emily Clark, Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities, at

Deadline to apply: Friday, June 30, 2017