Faculty Development Newsletter

2013-2014: issue #15 - May 26, 2014

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Summer Reading
from the Fac Dev

Debates in Digital Humanities

Debates in the Digital Humanities
ed. by Matthew K. Gold
Minnesota, 2012

This edited collection provides one of the best ways to enter into the issues variously housed under the expression "digital humanities." It offers both examples of what is contained under that roof but also engages the criticisms and controversy around the enterprise.

From the Publisher: "Encompassing new technologies, research methods, and opportunities for collaborative scholarship and open-source peer review, as well as innovative ways of sharing knowledge and teaching, the digital humanities promises to transform the liberal arts--and perhaps the university itself. Indeed, at a time when many academic institutions are facing austerity budgets, digital humanities programs have been able to hire new faculty, establish new centers and initiatives, and attract multimillion-dollar grants.

"Clearly the digital humanities has reached a significant moment in its brief history. But what sort of moment is it? Debates in the Digital Humanities brings together leading figures in the field to explore its theories, methods, and practices and to clarify its multiple possibilities and tensions. From defining what a digital humanist is and determining whether the field has (or needs) theoretical grounding, to discussions of coding as scholarship and trends in data-driven research, this cutting-edge volume delineates the current state of the digital humanities and envisions potential futures and challenges. At the same time, several essays aim pointed critiques at the field for its lack of attention to race, gender, class, and sexuality; the inadequate level of diversity among its practitioners; its absence of political commitment; and its preference for research over teaching.

"Together, the essays in Debates in the Digital Humanities suggest that the digital humanities is uniquely positioned to contribute to the revival of the humanities and academic life."

Reminder: For All Faculty, All Fields:
Finding External Grants: "Office Hours"
Tuesday, May 27, noon to 1 PM, Gizmo

Stop by to discuss your grant questions with Anne-Marie Berk, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Join us for lunch (provided by Faculty Development) at the Gizmo to learn more about our grant search database SPINPlus, chat about grants, and receive advice no matter what stage of the grant-seeking process you are in.

RSVP unnecessary.

Mellon Tech Pedagogy Workshop has One Opening, June 16-18

The Mellon Pedagogy Workshop, "Teaching in/with/around A World of Technology," scheduled for June 16-18 has one remaining space for a faculty participant. Please contact me if you are interested in participating: facultydevelopment@knox.edu.

An overview and tentative schedule for this workshop are here.

Fridays @ 4 for 2014-2015: Seeking Presenters

Apply to present by contacting facultydevelopment@knox.edu.

All faculty are encouraged to consider presenting as part of "Fridays @ 4," the faculty's lecture series for itself. The aim of "Fridays @ 4" is to provide an opportunity for faculty to present "work in progress" in front of a supportive, interdisciplinary, non-specialist audience. Work at any stage in any field is welcome, however, "Fridays @ 4" is especially useful for new, experimental projects, projects that need a kick-start, or a presentation that would benefit from a dress rehearsal. "Fridays @ 4" has two presentations each term. Refreshments and camaraderie are served at each. Please contact me if you have questions or would like to present.

Where is the Fac Dev Bookshelf Located?

The Library's Faculty Development Book Collection has been relocated to the first floor of the library near "the fish bowl."
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