CFP: Affiliated Faculty, PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge
The Franklin Humanities Institute is pleased to announce a new PhD Laboratory in Digital Knowledge, to be co-directed by David Bell and Cathy Davidson. The future of research and teaching in the Humanities - and across the spheres of the university - is in the midst of a major transformation, one prompted by multiple and ongoing innovations in the digital, informational, and computational fields. The goal of the Digital Knowledge Lab is to provide an arena in which PhD students in all the humanities and interpretive social sciences, regardless of their individual disciplines, can both receive training in and contribute to the production of new forms of digital scholarship, knowledge networks, pedagogies, and engagements with the public.
When fully developed, the PhD Lab will include a rotating set of three Affiliated Faculty in addition to the Co-directors. With additional contributions from Duke University Librarians, these faculty members - who will be affiliated with the Lab for two-year periods - will offer a suite of courses (in their home departments) for PhD students on the emerging epistemologies and pedagogies of the digital age. The Lab will also support departmentally based undergraduate courses in which embedded graduate TAs can learn about new pedagogical methods and put them into practice in collaboration with the faculty cohort. In addition to courses and teaching opportunities, the Lab will offer PhD students skills assessment and training for digital literacies; guidance in developing e-portfolios; and support for collaborative projects in multimodal scholarship and publication. In addition, the Lab will host an annual colloquium/workshop series on digital scholarship and pedagogy.
The Lab will launch in Fall 2012 with the key non-teaching program elements (talks and workshops, Graduate Digital Scholarship Initiative, skills assessment as appropriate). We expect to begin offering the first set of courses in Spring 2013.
Eligibility and Terms of Commitment
We are now seeking proposals for two-year faculty affiliations with the PhD Lab, beginning either in the 2012-13 OR the 2013-14 academic year. All full-time regular-rank Duke faculty are eligible to apply. (If you have a preference for an affiliation beginning in 2012-13 or 2013-14, please indicate accordingly in the proposal.)
Affiliated Faculty will be expected to dedicate one graduate course and one undergraduate course (per year) to the work of the PhD Lab and also to commit to engaged participation in the Lab’s programs and activities. The graduate course should address new modes of knowing and teaching in the digital age. The undergraduate course may be focused on any topic area within the faculty member’s field of scholarly expertise but must utilize digital pedagogy and provide opportunity for graduate TA participation. Proposed courses may be new or may be enhanced versions of existing courses. Each Faculty Affiliate will receive $7,500 per year (which may be directed toward course development or research funding). No teaching release will be provided from the affiliated faculty member’s standing teaching loads. Again, we anticipate offering the first cluster of courses in Spring 2013.
We are requesting brief proposals with the following components:
- A 1-2 page general statement describing your interest, expertise, and background in digital scholarship and pedagogy. Please indicate if you have a preference for beginning the affiliation in 2012-13 or 2013-14;
- 1 graduate course description (the course should be based in your home department and should support the work of the Lab, as described above);
- 1 undergraduate course description (the course should be based in your home department and should support the work of the Lab, as described above);
- A current CV;
- Brief note of endorsement (via email) from Department Chair.
Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 25, 2012 via email attachment to FHI [at] duke.edu. Please include the phrase “PhD Lab Affiliated Faculty” in the subject line. Questions may be directed to FHI [at] duke.edu.