2014 Mellon Grant awarded: “Developing Leadership in the Digital Liberal Arts”
Occidental College has received a four-year, $700,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation designed to allow the College to extend and deepen its successful efforts to integrate digital resources into student and faculty learning, teaching, and scholarship. Building on the work made possible by Mellon support in 2010, the grant will fund a faculty fellows program, support for postdoctoral scholars and graduate research fellows, the development of regional partnerships with like-minded institutions, and a steady stream of speakers, workshops, and programming.
In conversation with a number of College faculty members that had participated in programs funded by a 2010 Mellon grant, the Center for Digital Learning + Research drafted a proposal designed to encourage faculty interested in the sustained exploration of digital scholarly methods. With input from the Dean, APC, the Director of the CTE, IA, colleagues in the Library and ITS, and the program officers from the Mellon Foundation, a final grant proposal was submitted and the grant awarded at the beginning of 2014. Daniel Chamberlain will serve as the Principal Investigator for the grant.
The grant will make it possible for Occidental to:
- Extend faculty engagement in the digital liberal arts, moving from the broad introductory approach of the Mellon Digital Scholarship Institutes held over recent summers to a more focused and in-depth fellows program for Oxy faculty.
- Support postdoctoral fellows and graduate research fellows to teach classes, create exemplary research projects, and advise both students and faculty on digital scholarship.
- Enrich student engagement in the digital liberal arts through such methods as a developmental peer mentorship program, credit-bearing lab courses, and the Domain of One’s Own project, a customized web space that students can take with them upon graduation.
- Integrate digital scholarship with the broader framework of academic support centers based in the academic commons, including the Center for Teaching Excellence, Undergraduate Research Center, Center for Community Based Learning, and Center for Academic Excellence.
- Enhance regional partnerships with academic and cultural institutions that also are exploring and extending digital scholarship projects and methods.
- Develop a robust program of speakers, workshops and other programming relating to digital scholarship.
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