2016 Digital Bridges Summer Institute

Call for Applications: Digital Bridges Summer Institute

May 31-June 4, 2016 (no meeting on Memorial Day)

A University of Iowa and Grinnell College Andrew W. Mellon Funded Collaboration

Applications Due: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 by 5 pm

The $500 award goes to attendance at a summer institute on the digital humanities, a Mellon-funded collaboration between the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. The outcome of this experience is for participants to create a new course or reimagine an existing course, incorporating digital technologies from the institute in a pedagogically thoughtful way. We ask you to identify that course in your application and to be prepared to report on the re-imagined course in August 2016.

The institute is at Grinnell College this year, May 31-June 4, 2016 (no meeting on Memorial Day). Grant applications for the $500 stipend are due March 8.

The grant supports attendance at a week-long 2016 summer institute—May 31-June 4, 2016 (no meeting on Memorial Day)—during which you will learn about core digital humanities technologies, with an emphasis on how they can be integrated into undergraduate and graduate education. ​The Institute will feature guest speaker Ted Underwood, Professor of English at the University of Illinois-UC, a leader in the field of text mining and literary studies, along with faculty from Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. Topics will include mining textual corpora, building digital collections, and spatial humanities (including mapping and constructing 3D environments). We welcome applications from faculty members and advanced graduate students in the arts, humanities, and qualitative social sciences with any level of technical expertise, including people with little to no experience with digital pedagogy, as long as you are willing to explore and learn new digital technologies.

Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry is a collaborative Mellon-funded project between the University of Iowa and Grinnell College to explore teaching, learning, and research in the digital liberal arts. Topics will include mining textual corpora, building digital collections, and spatial humanities (including mapping and constructing 3D environments). We welcome applications from faculty members and advanced graduate students in the arts, humanities, and qualitative social sciences with any level of technical expertise, including people with little to no experience with digital pedagogy, as long as you are willing to explore and learn new digital technologies.

The Digital Bridges Summer Institute is designed to allow participants to work together intensely for one week. Therefore, in accepting this award, you agree (1) to attend all five days of the workshop in Grinnell; (2) to report by August 15 on the ways you will incorporate digital approaches into the proposed course; (3) and to acknowledge the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry: A Grinnell College/University of Iowa Partnership in scholarly publications, digital projects, and public presentations that result from your project. We will invite participants to regroup this fall to share teaching ideas that resulted from the Institute. Also, we hope that some participants who meet in the Institute will be inspired to apply for one of the cross-campus collaborative grants funded by Digital Bridges to develop courses or scholarly projects together. (Details coming soon.)

Application Information

Who is eligible: 

Grinnell College and University of Iowa faculty members and advanced graduate students in the arts, humanities, and qualitative social sciences.  

To Apply: Please combine the following documents into a single PDF file and submit to obermann-center@uiowa.edu by Tuesday, March 8 at 5 p.m. 

A cover sheet: Include your name, department, contact information (especially preferred email address), and a signature indicating that your department chair(s) supports your application.

A letter (two pages or less) that includes the following:

Reason(s) you are interested in the Digital Bridges Institute.
The course you will create or enhance with technology.
Course topic and your approach, noting any digital resources you currently use or ask students to use in the class.
Types of technologies you are already engaging in your teaching or research.
Questions you would like to address during the Institute.
Your availability to attend all five days of the Institute, including dinner on Thursday evening.
Whether you would like free accommodation any or all nights in Grinnell during the Institute. (We will confirm closer to the date of the Institute).

A curriculum vitae: No more than two pages. We encourage you to include details that indicate the range of your teaching and research interests.

If you have questions, we welcome you to contact the Digital Bridges Summer Institute organizers:

Professor Jim Elmborg, School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa James-elmborg@uiowa.edu

Professor Erik Simpson, Department of English, Grinnell College 

SIMPSONE@grinnell.edu