Via HASTAC.ORG, DECEMBER 19, 2012

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Fiona Barnett, Director of the HASTAC Scholars Program and graduate student in Duke University’s Literature Program, has been honored with the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, which recognizes graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, which is bestowed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Barnett was nominated by Julie Thompson Klein, Professor of Humanities in the English Department and Faculty Fellow for Interdisciplinary Development in the Division of Research at Wayne State University, and Cathy Davidson, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University and co-founder of HASTAC. This year, 261 students were nominated for the Cross Award, and seven awards were granted. Read more about this year’s recipients.
Klein highlighted Fiona’s innovative coupling of community building and collaborative learning with new forms of scholarly communication and institutional change. “She, and those she mentors, are powerful change agents in realizing a central value of the AAC&U mission in digital environments: fostering ‘liberal arts of translation’ and a new ‘relational pluralism’ mediated through dialogue,” Klein said.
Klein highlighted Barnett’s innovative coupling of community building and collaborative learning with new forms of scholarly communication and institutional change. “Her record of achievement demonstrates excellence in two central criteria of the K. Patricia Cross Award: leadership in teaching and learning, and the development of others.” She also underscored that “Fiona continues to play an instrumental role in shaping the future change agents of higher education. Indeed, HASTAC Scholars are already forging new pedagogies and formats of learning on their campuses, as graduate teaching assistants and junior faculty. They are making a difference, and that capacity stems in no small part from Fiona’s steadfast devotion to cultivating a genuinely collaborative community.”
Since Barnett became the Director of the HASTAC Scholars Program in 2009, she has mentored more than 650 Scholars (80% graduate students), from 120+ institutions and 50 disciplines and departments, in HASTAC’s innovative online learning and professional network. She has helped prepare HASTAC Scholars for their own futures as professors and in alt-ac roles. She has grown them into an engaged community, with more than 500 Scholar-authored blog posts on HASTAC. She has overseen 23 HASTAC Scholars Forums for the public on topics ranging from “Pedagogical Ethics in a Digital Age” to “Race, Ethnicity, and Diaspora in the Digital Age” to “Democratizing Knowledge.” At conferences, she provides opportunities for the distributed HASTAC community to meet face-to-face.
“The HASTAC Scholars are the future of interdisciplinary pedagogy and research—and Fiona charts that cutting edge,” said Cathy Davidson. “She is truly inspirational to all who meet her.  I can think of no one more deserving of the Cross Future Leaders Award, and we at HASTAC are all thrilled by this recognition of her work and her leadership of the student network of our organization.”
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