University of Wisconsin–Madison

2020 Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop Call for Applications – Due 1/12/2020

Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop
June 2–5, 2020
University of Wisconsin–Madison Campus
Application Deadline: January 12, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST 

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About Workshop

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) is accepting applications for the 2020 Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop, which is designed to help college instructors plan courses on the causes, consequences, and policy responses to poverty. The workshop is open to college faculty and instructors in any postsecondary institution—university, college, or community college. Applicants need not have prior experience in poverty studies, but should plan to include material from the workshop in future courses.

The workshop will be led by IRP Affiliates Marah Curtis (Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Social Work) and Sarah Halpern-Meekin (Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies) and will offer an overarching approach to teaching a course about poverty and inequality. The program will focus on three main components:

  • Strategies for teaching and engaging undergraduate classrooms when talking about poverty;
  • A detailed overview of current research on poverty and inequality in the United States from distinguished IRP scholars; and
  • Collaborative development of a model course syllabus drawing on lessons and materials from the workshop.

The workshop will be held on the UW–Madison campus from Tuesday, June 2, through Friday, June 5, 2020. Invited participants will be expected to attend the entire program.



Applicants must be Ph.D.-holding faculty and instructors in a U.S.-based postsecondary institution.


Funding for tuition and fees, hotel stay, continental breakfasts and lunches, and one group dinner will be provided. Participants are expected to cover transportation, additional meals, and other expenses

Application Instructions

Space is limited. Applications must be submitted by January 12, 2020, to receive priority. We anticipate notifying all applicants of their application status by March 2, 2020.

To apply for the workshop, please prepare a brief (up to 800 words) statement detailing your background, interest in teaching a poverty-related course, information about poverty-related courses you currently teach or plan to teach, and what you hope to learn in the workshop. Upload this statement and a current CV as a single PDF file to the application form.


Questions should be directed to:
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Deadline for application submittal January 12, 2020
Notification March 2, 2020
Workshop dates June 2–5, 2020