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AI Summer Institute for Teachers of Writing

Thanks to support from the Institute of Data Science, the Department of Writing and Rhetoric will offer a unique, paid training opportunity for faculty at the University of Mississippi during the summer of 2023. Eighteen faculty members will receive stipends of $1,000 each to attend a two-day summer institute in early June, where they will learn from colleagues about incorporating generative AI, like ChatGPT, into their courses.

This training is specifically tailored to faculty of writing-intensive and speech courses. The DWR welcomes applications from faculty across campus. Participating faculty will build AI literacy, and this first summer program will serve as a pilot to assess the skills and needs of faculty interested in teaching with this emerging technology.

By participating in the AI summer institute, faculty members can expect:

  • Enhanced awareness, knowledge, and skills in AI and information literacy
  • Professional development to improve teaching skills by exploring the benefits and risks posed by generative AI in education
  • Practical exercises to deepen understanding and explore generative writing, research, and reading tools and techniques for developing AI solutions in education

Workshop Details

Format: Two days, in-person
Schedule: June 1 (9:00am – 4:00pm) and June 2 (9:00am – 12:00pm)
Location: Lamar Hall (room TBA)
Number of seats: 18
Stipends: $1,000 per attendee

To Apply

Please complete the application form linked below to indicate your interest in attending the summer institute. The application asks you to address three points: your motivation for participating, how you envision incorporating generative AI into your specific courses, and your current approach to teaching writing or speech in your classes. You will also be asked to indicate that you have spoken with your chair about this opportunity and have gained their approval.  Applications for the 2023 AI Summer Insititute are due May 12, 2023 by 11:59pm. 


Contact the AI Summer Insititute director, Marc Watkins.