It will be six months next week since I started my position as Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Bucknell University. The experience has been, by turns, exciting, exhausting, exasperating, and metaphorically exsanguinating. Ultimately, though, it's been exhilarating (all right - I'll stop with the alliteration now). In the process of trying to make sense of what's going on here, what it means for me, and what I mean to the digital scholarship initiative at Bucknell, I've had to deconstruct myself, rebuild myself, and think a lot about what I do and why I believe in it. I've looked at the DH community with which I've aligned myself and reached out to friends and colleagues in ways both beneficial to the university and necessary for me. I've been hyperconscious of what it means to write about this in public spaces at the same time I encourage my colleagues to demonstrate transparency in their work. more "Six Months In: Taking Stock of my Situation"
Renaissance Studies and New Technologies (RSA 2014, 27-29 March; New York, NY)
Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) annual meetings have featured panels on new technologies for scholarly research, publishing, and teaching. At the 2014 meeting in New York, we will offer panels on recent research (with 20-minute papers, followed by questions) and workshops on emerging ideas and methodologies (with 10-minute introductions, followed by hands-on demonstrations). Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph CV. more "Call for Papers – RSA: Renaissance Studies and New Technologies Sessions"
I spent a lot of time this summer thinking about how to streamline my grading process. I spoke with colleagues, read many Profhacker articles (just search Profhacker by "assessment" and you'll get 101 hits), and looked at my past approaches to embracing a syllabus that expects students to experiment with multimodal forms of composition without having what I consider to be the proper tools for assessing those forms (how the hell DO you properly assess a Google Map?) Sometimes it feels as though I'm marking up a play-text to evaluate a live performance. Not sure if that metaphor works for anyone else, but I'll stick with it for now.