Jennifer Turns

Spring 2019

Talking about teaching (in HCDE)

Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

This DRG is intended as a forum for raising and discussing issues related to teaching in the HCDE department. Each week, we will support each other through discussions that stem from participants’ experiences with teaching. For example, in a given week (based on what I’ve heard from existing TAs) we might discuss the challenges of supporting differentially prepared students in a particular class, giving effective feedback to student teams, framing office hours so students attend, and/or figuring out how to bring a particular personal stance (a feminist perspective, a technical orientation) to one’s work as an educator. To support activities beyond the spring quarter, we will also work as a group to create a synthesis of key issues that come up. 

This DRG is targeted to those interested in teaching HCDE-related topics and/or using HCDE-related pedagogical approaches. Ideal candidates will be those who are concurrently engaged in some form of teaching (i.e., teaching assistants, course assistants, instructor of record, etc). The DRG may also be valuable for those who have recently had teaching experiences or are preparing for an upcoming teaching experience.  

Meetings will be on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m., and participants can register for 1 or 2 credits (those who register for 2 credits will be asked to help lead the synthesizing of key issues).

To apply, please send an email to Jennifer Turns ( by March 22.  In the application email, please include few sentences describing why you are interested in this DRG as well as the types of teaching engagements you will be bringing/preparing for.

Spring 2019

Critical Design of HCI Ethical Guidelines, Tools, and Methods

PhD Students: Raina Langevin, Kenya Mejia, & Michael Beach
Advising Support: Jennifer Turns, Scott Mainwaring

In this DRG, we will develop a set of ethical guidelines for the field of HCI using design methodologies such as critical design and design sprints. By reflecting on existing guidelines and tools, we hope to understand how ethics have been reoriented in the past and to address the gaps in this area. We will examine ethical guidelines in HCI venues, other disciplines, and industry such as AI Ethics and Business Ethics through relevant literature. Using this knowledge as a foundation, each week we will explore an ethical tool/method (e.g. value sensitive design, “in-action ethics”, discourse analysis, Artefact’s Tarot Cards of Tech) to discuss their advantages and disadvantages and identify potential gaps/design opportunities to pursue. Throughout the process, we will work as a team to explore, ideate, discover, plan, design (sketches, wireframes), prototype, evaluate, and iterate on a final deliverable -- a new guideline, tool, and/or method that addresses a gap in this area. The approximate schedule for the focus of each week is as follows:

Weeks 1 - 6 : Explore Ethical Guidelines, Tools, and Methods / Apply critical design and
reflection practices
Weeks 7 - 10 : Design/Develop new set(s) of guidelines, tools, and/or methods to address gaps 

Our research group is looking for four to six highly motivated group members to join us for Spring 2019 quarter. BS, MS, and Ph.D. students are all welcome. Participants in this research group will enroll (CR/NC) through HCDE 596/HCDE 496. We will meet for two hours once per week. Meeting time is TBD and will be scheduled for the convenience of all participants. 

Please note that space is limited. We ask that applicants submit a short statement of interest by Monday, March 25, 2019, using the following form:

Spring 2019

Exploring the Shadow

Burren Peil, HCDE PhD student

This quarter-long directed research group seeks to explore how we might design praxes for Jungian shadow work. Shadow work was theorized by Carl Jung as a method for achieving individuation. Jung theorized we are all born as our full Self and that, through socialization, we then learn to split this Self into fragments. The public-facing fragment becomes the Ego; it is said to be comprised of the characteristics of the full Self that are reinforced positively by others. The Shadow then is comprised of our other characteristics, which are less positively received by others. This is how Jung explains the split of the human psyche. Worth noting is that the Shadow is also home to our underdeveloped talents and creativities, which Jung theorized we can access once we (re)become our full Self by healing this split between the Ego and Shadow. The process of individuation through shadow work is posed as showing high promise for this reconciliation. Our research group will critically explore the Jungian Shadow and how we might design praxes for shadow work using multiple modes of exploration including movement, music, video, written reflection, and affective journey mapping.

Theoretical Influences
The theoretical influences for this exploration are interdisciplinary, drawing from psychology, sociology, feminist studies, queer studies, and critical race studies; we will be connecting these influences to our discipline of human centered design and engineering and the field of HCI.

The methodology we will practice is collaborative autoethnography/autotheory, which is a combination of autobiography, ethnography, and theory. Autobiography tends to focus on making sense of an individual's transformative experiences, while ethnography tends to focus on gaining a better understanding of culture through studying interactive practices, values, beliefs, and shared experiences. Our practice could also be considered autotheory, which is an emerging feminist method for writing the self, asking how theory might be incorporated with real life, as opposed to primarily being used as a tool for defining, measuring, or describing life. Some of our more specific practices will include the following:

  • thinking collaboratively with Meeting the Shadow, a collection of articles about the shadow by Jungian writers;
  • reflective movement journals; and
  • live affective journey mapping.

Expected products are working frameworks of the Shadow and shadow work, a collection of reflective movement journals and individual journey maps, and a collective affective journey map.

Required Availability

  • Register for 3 credits for spring quarter
  • Meet for 3 hours per week, date and time TBD
  • Work for 4-6 hours each week outside of meetings on reading and documentation

How to Apply

I am seeking a highly engaged group of scholars who are authentically interested in this work. Importantly, this work will require openness and a willingness to embrace ambiguity and discomfort in that we will be supporting each other in learning how we might think differently about ourselves, the world, and HCI with Jungian notions of the shadow. This will involve vulnerability, e.g., in sharing our thoughts, affects, and (pre-recorded) movement journals with each other.

This research group will function best with a diversity of experiences, as such I am collecting some demographic information as a part of the application process. Please use this Google Form to apply by March 22, 2019. Please note that admission priority will be given to Human Centered Design & Engineering students and students in graduate programs or planning on applying to graduate programs.

Please email with any questions you may have. I look forward to your applications!

Dr. Turns' Research Group archive