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Faculty Selected as Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellows

Three members of the St. Lawrence University faculty have been selected for the Spring 2016 cohort of Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowships, a program designed to advance the use of digital tools and approaches in classroom settings.

The faculty fellows include Elun Gabriel, associate professor of history, and Dorothy Limouze, Flint Professor of art and art history, while Jennifer Thomas, assistant professor of performance and communication arts, continues her fellowship as a Senior Fellow.

“The courses proposed by these faculty members exemplify the program’s core values of innovative pedagogy, interdisciplinary research, and integrative learning,” said Leila Walker, assistant director of the Crossing Boundaries Mellon Humanities grant. “We are excited to develop digital components for these courses in a collaborative environment, and we expect that the resulting projects will be models for ongoing engagement with the digital humanities at St. Lawrence University.”

The Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowship Program represents a partnership between the Crossing Boundaries Mellon Humanities grant and Libraries and Information Technology, including individuals from Digital Initiatives, the GIS program and Educational Technologies.

The program is designed as a way for faculty to experiment with digital tools such as interactive timelines, GIS web-based mapping and data visualizations without feeling like they had to possess individual expertise in these areas. Fellows will meet regularly as a cohort and individually with the appropriate digital partners to develop their projects over the course of the semester.

The Crossing Boundaries initiative was made possible by a $700,000, five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation beginning in Fall 2012. Focusing on the humanities at St. Lawrence University, stakeholders associated with the grant are working to transform learning in three important ways:

  1. Integration in teaching and learning;
  2. Advancement of multi-modal literacy (making use of the many tools of the humanities—both analog and digital);
  3. Increasingly rigorous experiential and/or off-campus learning.

“Now in its fourth semester, the Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowships program has included includes faculty colleagues from a wide range of disciplines and with a similarly diverse range of technical skills,” said Judith DeGroat, director of the Crossing Boundaries Mellon Humanities Grant. “This semester’s participants, from the arts and humanities, allow us to focus on a core element of the grant: revitalizing the humanities on campus.”

This semester’s faculty fellows have a range of interests, including a seminar on the history of genocide in the modern world that will use digital tools to examine the development of genocides in time and space, a senior seminar on art museums that will use the Brush Gallery collections to engage students in virtual exhibitions, and a theatre production course that will engage the public in the theatrical experience beyond the performance.

For more information on individual fellows, visit www.stlawu.edu/mellon-humanities-grant/current-faculty-fellows.

“This group represents a wide spectrum of perspectives and methodologies,” said Eric Williams-Bergen, director of Digital Initiatives. “In order to support increasingly ambitious digital projects with varied goals, we need to keep refining our models of support and collaboration. The Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowship Program is a major part of that effort.”  

Partnerships established this spring will continue into the fall 2016 semester. Fellows will also work with Walker to create a shared digital portfolio in order to promote a culture of pedagogical exchange and collaboration.

For more information about the fellowship program or to apply, visit www.stlawu.edu/mellon-humanities-grant.