Rachel Arteaga, Ph.D.
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 2017-present)
Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a Mellon-funded program
Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington

Made possible by a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2015-2019), this four-year program builds cross-institutional partnerships between the University of Washington and two-year colleges in Seattle in order to establish a new model of professional development for doctoral students by placing them with two-year college faculty mentors in their disciplines. It also advances the methods and practices of public scholarship in humanities doctoral education by supporting summer fellowships for University of Washington faculty to develop new graduate seminars with prominent public scholarship components and by offering summer support for doctoral students to pursue independent public-facing research projects.

Past Leadership Positions

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

Assistant Program Director (July 2015-July 2017)                                                         Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington


PhD: English, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (June 2016)
Dissertation: “Sorrow Brought Forth Joy”: Feelings of Faith in American Literature Dissertation Advisor: Kathleen Woodward (English)
Committee Members: Brian Reed (English), Gillian Harkins (English)
Graduate School Representative: Ralina Joseph (Communication)

Certificate in Public Scholarship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (June 2015)
Practicum Title: “Public and Digital Humanities in Southwest Washington State”
Portfolio Advisor: Miriam Bartha (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

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

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

Public Scholarship & The Profession


Mentors, Projects, Deliverables: Internships and Fellowships for Doctoral Students in the Humanities.” Co-authored with Kathleen Woodward.
Profession (May 5, 2017).

Ph.D.s (and Advisers) Shouldn’t Overlook Community Colleges.”
Inside Higher Ed (December 20, 2016).

Teaching 21st Century Literacies in a Social Justice Frame.”
Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis 4.1 (2015).


“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: Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics (UW) and 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


Spar: A Grays Harbor County K-12 & Higher Education Partnership (2014-2016)

The history of Grays Harbor County, in Washington State, is based in large part on logging and the stewardship of forested lands. The name of this project honors that history. Spar trees were used to anchor logging operations across the Pacific Northwest during the early 20th century, and the image of the spar tree resonates deeply in the cultural memory of the region. This project connects the labor histories of a prior era with the contemporary economic landscape by constructing a collaborative framework for high school teachers to design and test curriculum introducing students to emerging technology platforms and new academic research in the field of digital humanities. All of the materials related to the project are available as open educational resources (OER).

Leadership & Service

Member, Review Committee (2018)
Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau

Member, Steering Committee (June 2016-present)
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

Invited Talks

Commencement Speaker. University of Washington Department of English Graduation Celebration (June 7, 2017) Remarks: Full Text

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)

Teacher Training & Development

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
Sponsor: Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16. Participation in online network dedicated to pedagogy and technology.

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