Three CAS Faculty Receive Digital Humanities Faculty Seminar Awards

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.

DH Seminar Participants, Year One

From left, Jennifer Denbow, Eric G.E. Zuelow, Ayala Dalia Cnaan, and Michael J. Cripps

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.

Call for Proposals – Inaugural Digital Humanities Faculty Seminar

This coming term, UNE will offer the first of three semester-long digital humanities faculty seminars to support the incorporation of digital pedagogies and student projects in Core courses.

Download the Call for Proposals (PDF) – Deadline for Proposals, October 15, 2013

Funded in part by a generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, “Digital Literacies and the Liberal Arts at UNE” will bring up to four faculty from humanities and social science disciplines together to explore possible uses of digital tools and pedagogies in a Core course of their choosing.

Faculty participating in the seminar will sample literature on digital pedagogies and projects in their fields and develop a relevant digital assignment for a targeted undergraduate Core course. Additionally, they will build a plan for assessing the impact of the project on student engagement and learning.

In a subsequent semester, faculty will offer the revised course, assess the digital project’s contributions to learning, and share their work with the campus community via a report and panel discussion. Projects that emerge from the work of the seminar will also be featured on the Digital Humanities at UNE website.

Seminar participants will receive a three-credit course release in the Spring term and will be eligible for travel support to present their work in the seminar (and in their chosen Core course) at a regional or national conference.

Faculty interested in the seminar should submit a complete proposal by October 15, 2013. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by November 1, 2013.