SAEL Presidential Teaching Fellowships

The USC Presidential Teaching Fellowship in Social Advocacy & Ethical Life provides generous support to doctoral students interested in advanced study and teaching that explores the relationship between communicative practices and the development of moral systems and socio-political frameworks of ethical engagement.

Launched in November of 2011, the USC Presidential Teaching Fellowship in Social Advocacy & Ethical Life facilitates the recruitment and training of outstanding doctoral students, promotes the development of innovative pedagogy, and enhances interdisciplinary inquiry across campus. Keyed to a set of theoretical and practical problems that have long concerned the liberal arts, the fellowship program is dedicated to promoting inquiry that draws from a variety of fields and informs different disciplinary interests in the humanities and the social sciences. Open to qualified students from a wide range of departments, including Anthropology, Comparative Literature, English, History, Languages, Linguistics, Political Science, and Sociology, the program is committed to inquiry rooted in a diverse set of intellectual interests and perspectives.

The USC Presidential Teaching Fellowship in Social Advocacy & Ethical Life offers students an opportunity to undertake both specialized scholarship and directed interdisciplinary inquiry. As Teaching Fellows, students participate in a cross-disciplinary seminar that investigates the theoretical and practical linkage of advocacy and ethics. This seminar provides comprehensive teacher training for Social Advocacy & Ethical Life (SAEL) 200, a course that fulfills the University of South Carolina’s General Education requirement for foundational instruction in oral communication (CMS) and values, ethics, and social responsibility (VSR). In subsequent semesters, Fellows teach two sections of SAEL 200 and participate in the Social Advocacy and Ethical Life Colloquium. An ongoing series, the colloquium supports professionalization and builds intellectual community, not least through the presentation of student research and close interaction between Fellows, faculty, and notable visiting scholars.