Humanities Affiliates

The Humanities Affiliates Program was created to allow full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members to teach for an extended period in the HUM Program and to pursue a project of importance to the program. It also builds a core of consistent contributors to work alongside the coordinators, lecturers and adjuncts. Each year in the fall, up to three faculty members who have taught at least once in the HUM Program will be selected as HUM Affiliates. They will begin their instruction in the following spring semester.

Current full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty of UNC Asheville may download the application for the Humanities Affiliates Program here.

 

Humanities Affiliates:

 

Samer Traboulsi
History Department
Project: "Integrating Islam in the Humanities Curriculum"
2018-2020

 

A photo of Dr. Kirk Boyle, smiling.

Kirk Boyle
English Department
Project: "The Role of Film in Humanities 324 and 414"
2019-2021

"My project looks into what films UNC Asheville students are exposed to during their studies in the Humanities Program. How can HUM faculty enhance their syllabi by incorporating cinematic texts that represent key course concepts, events, and themes? How can we enhance and assess students’ understanding of HUM learning objectives by using the art of moving pictures? I am in the process of surveying HUM faculty to gather data on what films individual faculty teach, for what reasons, and the logistics of how they do so. Two future projects will focus on HUM 324 and 414 specifically. I will compose a 15-minute montage of film clips that represent major topics covered in HUM 324 to be shown at the final HUM 324 “lecture” before a panel of faculty debate the legacy of modernity for us today. For 414, I will either develop a film series, or because we have a couple of those that cover issues pertinent to 414, a film library and attendant instructors guide on how to use film for pedagogical purposes in 414."

 

Funding for the Humanities Affiliates Program was acquired as part of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation