2022-2023 Faculty Scholars Program

The Grefenstette Center is excited to announce that applications are now available for the 2022-2023 class of Faculty Scholars!


Please read the detailed description below for more details and instructions on how to apply. The application window will close on Friday, June 17, 2022.

1. Fellowship Announcement

The Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University invites any Duquesne University faculty (tenured, non-tenured, part-time) to apply for the Grefenstette Faculty Scholars program for Academic Year 2022-2023. The Grefenstette Center seeks scholars from all academic areas and all backgrounds to contribute to the conversation around the responsible use of digital technology, broadly construed. The goal of the program is to provide financial, administrative, and content support to faculty members who wish to begin or cultivate a research agenda in that area. Part of the program will include some light technical content instruction in digital technology, but no technical background is necessary or expected.

2. Mission and Vision of the Grefenstette Center

The Carl G. Grefenstette Center leverages the University's commitment to ethics in order to promote partnerships with leading regional institutions and to become a transformational force for both Duquesne and the region. This Center is the first of its kind in the world to bring Spiritan values and ideals in an ecumenical framework to grapple with the growing challenges presented by science and technology in society. Our vision is to enrich the conversations and practical implementations of ethics in digital technology by incorporating religious ethics into future discussion and development.

3. Benefits of the Program

1. All Scholars can receive a stipend of up to $2000 for the year. One third will be distributed upon acceptance as a Scholar, one third upon completion of all roles and responsibilities after the Fall Semester, and one third upon completion of all roles and responsibilities after the Spring semester.
2. Scholars will benefit from the feedback, accountability, and encouragement of a research cohort.
3. At the conclusion of the academic year, all who complete the program will be named "Affiliated Faculty" of the Grefenstette Center.
4. Any Affiliated Faculty has the opportunity to lead or participate in future external initiatives of the Grefenstette Center. Examples of future initiatives may include workshops, conferences, or consultations. This work is typically compensated.

4. Eligibility

Any faculty member (tenured, non-tenured, part-time, or adjunct) at Duquesne University can apply to be a Grefenstette Scholar.

5. Roles and Responsibilities

1. Monthly in person or virtual meetings: All scholars must attend one discussion meeting each month, August-May, for a total of 10 meetings. Most of the meetings will be virtual, but some may be in person, especially at the beginning and end of the academic year. Meetings will be scheduled in advance, in order to accommodate schedules. Each meeting will last approximately 2 hours.
2. Presentation of scholarship: During the Spring semester, each scholar will be expected to present their own scholarship to the group for discussion. An essay or article must be disseminated to the group no less than one week before the meeting so it can be read for discussion. Scholars are strongly encouraged to submit their work for publication, and will be additionally compensated if completed. (see 6.a.)
3. Grefenstette Fall Symposium: Scholars must attend the Fall Symposium on October 28, 2022, in person at Duquesne University.
4. Prior reading: Before we begin meeting regularly in the Fall, scholars will be expected to read the book Atlas of AI by Kate Crawford and Tools and Weapons by Brad Smith. The books will be provided either digital or physical. These books are not meant to be comprehensive, but represent compelling, widely shared positions that will help to establish a common language for the cohort.
5. Student encouragement: Scholars will be expected to announce the Grefenstette Events to their current students, including inviting them to create posters for the symposium, participating in the make-a-thon, or submitting research for the URSS or GRSS. This could be in the form of a guest lecture by Dr. Slattery or a Grefenstette Fellow, a percentage of the course grade for a poster submission, a day or two of discussion, etc.


6. Optional, Compensated Activities

a. Proof of submission for publication: Scholars are strongly encouraged to submit their research for publication. This publication could be in a popular or scholarly outlet. If research is submitted within 12 months of the end of the program, an additional $200 stipend will be given to the scholar.
b. Proof of curriculum additions. Scholars are strongly encouraged to add a poster submission for the Symposium (in the Fall) or an entry for the MakeAThon (in the Spring) to their course curricula, as well as other substantive technology ethics conversations. Proof of such additions to courses (syllabus) will result in an addition stipend of $100/course.

7. Application and Deadline

Faculty interested in applying to be a Scholar of the Grefenstette Center should submit an application by Friday, June 17, 2022. A complete application includes a statement of interest in the program, including how you expect to benefit from and contribute to the program. This statement may also contain a description of your potential area of research and teaching biography, although this is not required, as it is expected that some cohort members will use the program as a way to initiate a research agenda. The above items must be combined in a single document of no more than one page. In addition to this, please send along a copy of your CV.
Applications should be emailed to John Slattery at slatteryj@duq.edu.

8. Selection Process

A selection committee composed of the Grefenstette Center personnel will meet to evaluate each application. Scholars will be selected based on potential to benefit from and contribute to the program, with the additional selection criteria of maintaining diversity of academic areas. The ideal cohort will have 5-8 faculty representing several schools at Duquesne University. Final decisions will be announced by the end of June.

9. Contact for Additional Questions

John P. Slattery, PhD
Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law
Duquesne University
slatteryj@duq.edu