Rachel Arteaga is Assistant Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. In this role, she works on the development, implementation, and assessment of academic projects, initiatives, and programs and is a main point of contact for institutional partners in the region. She also serves as Associate Program Director for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics: Catalyzing Collaboration, a program supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her publications on higher education have appeared in Profession and Inside Higher Ed, and a range of materials she has developed related to humanities curriculum and advocacy are accessible on Humanities Commons.

Arteaga speaks and writes regularly on doctoral education, public scholarship, and the value of the humanities. Her commitments to these topics are motivated by the conviction that the humanities—in short, the study of literature, language, culture, and history—are the rightful inheritance of every person in every time and place; that they offer us, through nuance, complexity, and the representation of our differences, a deep and rigorous understanding of ourselves and others; and that preserving and furthering these fields, through teaching, research, and community engagement, is essential to American democracy and public life.

She has served on the steering committee of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) and planning and review committees for the National Humanities Alliance and Humanities Washington. She has supported and participated in a wide range of cross-institutional partnerships across Washington State, working with teachers and instructors in the K-12 system, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities to strengthen educational infrastructure and access to opportunity for students in the Pacific Northwest. She received her PhD in English from the University of Washington in 2016.

Contact

Rachel Arteaga, PhD
Email: rarteaga@uw.edu
Office: 4109 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195

Current Employment

Assistant Director (July 2017-present)
Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington

The Simpson Center for the Humanities is one of the largest and most comprehensive humanities centers in the United States; it is dedicated to supporting crossdisciplinary research and inquiry among faculty and graduate students and to underwriting initiatives in the humanities, broadly understood, at the leading edge of change. The Simpson Center administers a budget in excess of $1,000,000 and endowments in excess of $10,000,000 and works with a wide range of academic departments and units at the University of Washington as well as with cultural organizations, institutions of higher education, and granting agencies and foundations.

Associate Program Director (July 2019-present)
Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics: Catalyzing Collaboration
Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington

Made possible by a generous $650,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2019-2021), this two-year program builds on the work of a prior Mellon grant award ($750,000 from 2015-2019) to continue a cross-institutional partnership between the University of Washington and the Seattle District two-year colleges. The program establishes new models of professional development for doctoral students in English, History, and Philosophy by placing them, in teams of two, with community college faculty mentors in their disciplines. Doctoral students shadow their mentors throughout the academic year and participate in a culminating week-long pedagogy institute. Other fellowships made possible through the program directly advance the methods and practices of public scholarship in humanities doctoral education by supporting summer fellowships for University of Washington faculty to work with departmental colleagues to develop new graduate seminars with prominent public scholarship components, and by offering summer support for doctoral students to work with one another on public-facing research projects.

Past Leadership Positions

Interim Assistant Director (September 2016-July 2017)
Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington

Associate Program Director (July 2017-June 2019)
Assistant Program Director (July 2015-June 2017)
Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a Community College-Research University Partnership supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington

Education

PhD: English, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (June 2016)
Dissertation: “Sorrow Brought Forth Joy”: Feelings of Faith in American Literature

Certificate in Public Scholarship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (June 2015)

MA: English, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (May 2010)

BA: English with Distinction, Spanish Minor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (June 2005)

Current Projects

[In progress] Literary Criticism as Public Scholarship. Co-edited with Rosemary Erickson Johnsen. In contract with Amherst College Press.

Selected Presentations

“Building Intellectual and Institutional Infrastructure in the Humanities.” (January 2020)
Panel: Career Directions for PhDs in English, Lori Askeland (Wittenberg), Chair
Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA

“Leadership Roles in Humanities Centers and Institutes.” (January 2020)
Panel: A Showcase of Career Diversity, Brian DeGrazia (MLA), Chair
Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA

Session Moderator (November 2019)
Panel: Professional Pathways in the Humanities
National Humanities Conference, Honolulu, HI

Session Moderator (November 2019)
Panel: Digital Public Humanities: Navigating Community and Identity in the 21st Century
National Humanities Conference, Honolulu, HI

Invited Discussant (September 2019)
Symposium: Humanities Graduate Education for the Public Good
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

“Public Scholarship and Professional Development.” (January 2017)
Panel: Career Training for Humanists, Beth Seltzer (Bryn Mawr), Chair
Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA

“Community Colleges and Doctoral Training in the Humanities.” (May 2016)
Joint panel with the Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance (CUNY)
HASTAC National Conference, Tempe, AZ

“The Value of Our Contributions.” (January 2016)
Panel: Articulating the Value of the Humanities to the Larger World, Kathryn Temple (Georgetown), Chair
Modern Language Association, Austin, TX

“Projects in Digital and Public Humanities.” (January 2014)
Panel: Reforming the Literature PhD, Russell Berman (Stanford), Chair
Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL

Leadership & Service

Member, Planning Committee (2019)
National Humanities Conference, Honolulu, HI

Member, Working Group (2018-2019)
Carnegie Community Engagement Application, University of Washington

Member, Review Committee (2018)
Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau

Commencement Speaker (2017)
Department of English Graduation Celebration, University of Washington

Member, Steering Committee (2016-2019)
HASTAC: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory

Chair, Teaching with Technology Committee (2013-2015)
Expository Writing Program, English Department, University of Washington

Member, Editorial Committee (2013-2015)
University of Washington’s Journal of 100-Level Writing

Member, Budget Committee, Provost Advisory Committee for Students (2013-2014)
Graduate & Professional Student Senate, University of Washington

Teaching Appointments

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Teaching Assistant
English 200 – Reading Literary Forms (June 2014)
English 111 – Composition: Literature (2013-2014)
English 131 – Composition: Exposition (2012-2013)

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Writing Tutor
Student-Athlete Academic Services: LEAP Summer Course (July 2013)

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Graduate Teaching Fellow
English 010 – Freshman Writing Seminar (2009-2010)

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Graduate Writing Fellow
MA02201 – Managerial Accounting (2008-2009)

Curriculum Development & Teacher Training

Independent Project Lead (2014-2016)
Public and Digital Humanities in Southwest Washington State
This K-12 and higher education partnership, designed as a practicum project for the Certificate in Public Scholarship at the University of Washington, produced a collaborative framework for high school teachers in Grays Harbor, a coastal rural county in Washington State, to design and test curriculum introducing students to emerging technology platforms and academic research in the field of digital humanities (DH). It was one of the first instances of the extension of DH scholarship and teaching to the K-12 system in the United States. All of the materials related to the project are adaptable to any high school English classroom and are available as open educational resources (OER). Other project outcomes include:

Departmental Liaison – English (2013-2015)
University of Washington in the High School Program
This dual-enrollment program trains high school teachers in UW writing curriculum; their students earn credit from both institutions. Liaisons give workshops to high school teachers, conduct on-site classroom observations, and support instruction statewide.

“Including All Students: Teaching in the Diverse Classroom.” (September 2014)
Center for Teaching and Learning TA/RA Workshop, University of Washington

Multi-Modal Learning: Flipped-Classroom Lesson Planning.” (April 2014)
Center for Teaching and Learning Symposium Poster, University of Washington

“Teaching 21st Century Literacies across Disciplines.” (March 2014)
Center for Teaching and Learning TA/RA Workshop, University of Washington

Workshop Support, Course Development for “Multiethnic U.S. Literature” (June 2013)
Texts and Teachers Dual-Enrollment Curriculum Development Program

Awards & Fellowships

Arts & Sciences Graduate Medal, Humanities Division (June 2016)
University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences
Awarded annually to the outstanding graduate student in each of the four divisions of the College.

Citizen Scholar Medal Award Finalist (June 2016)
University of Washington Graduate School
This award recognizes PhD candidates whose academic expertise and social awareness are integrated in a way that demonstrates an exemplary commitment to the University and its larger community.

Andrew Hilen Dissertation Fellowship (Spring 2015)
University of Washington English Department

Mildred Cartwright Hainer Fellowship (Summer 2014)
University of Washington English Department
Research support for Certificate in Public Scholarship Practicum

Teaching with Technology Graduate Interest Group Grant (2013-2016)
Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington
The group was awarded funding for three consecutive years. Its work is profiled in a video interview for the Simpson Center website, and featured as a case study on the MIT Annotation Studio website under the title “The Power of Collaboration.”

Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) Course Scholarship (June 2013)
University of Victoria

HASTAC Scholar Fellowship
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16) Participation in online network dedicated to pedagogy and technology.


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