Three faculty receive awards to participate in the inaugural Digital Humanities Faculty Seminar, “Digital Literacies and the Liberal Arts at UNE,” in Spring 2014. Ayala Dalia Cnaan, Jennifer Denbow, and Eric G.E. Zuelow, will spend a semester exploring pedagogies and projects that embrace the digital. Seminar participants, selected on the basis of their proposals, will sample relevant literature in their fields, develop a digital project for a targeted undergraduate Core course, and include a plan to assess the impact of the project on learning and engagement. Michael J Cripps, associate professor in the Department of English and project principal investigator, will lead the seminar.
Ayala Cnaan, lecturer in the Department of Society, Culture, and Languages, will examine the potential for Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tools to enable students in her Sociology of Aging courses to visualize relevant, targeted data on age and a host of other demographic information. Sociology of Aging draws a large number of students at UNE and fulfills a Social and Global Awareness Core requirement.
Jenny Denbow, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, will develop a website design and publication component for students in her Women and Politics course. As she wrote in her proposal, this project could provide “an additional community resource for understanding important and complex policy issues.” Denbow’s course fulfills one of students’ Advanced Studies Core requirements.
Eric Zuelow, associate professor in the Department of History, will implement a digital exhibit project in a new course being developed specifically for the digital literacies initiative. His new Youth Culture course will examine historical emergence of the “teenager.” The construction of digital exhibits focused on elements of teen culture will take advantage of both the web medium and the prevalence of images, sounds, and print materials to enlist students as curators of focused exhibits.
The Digital Humanities Faculty Seminar is part of a three-year, grant-funded effort to encourage faculty to embed digital projects in Core courses, to support student writing development through a writing fellows initiative, and to mainstream developmental writers. It involves new partnerships with UNE’s Student Academic Success Center and is supported by two new mobile learning labs. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elizabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.