Based at Middlebury College’s Center for Teaching, Learning & Research, the Digital Liberal Arts (DLA) is a faculty-driven, student-focused, staff-inclusive effort to foster innovative digital scholarship.
We consult on, fund, and support projects by faculty, staff, and students; generate new ways to bring students into digital scholarship in the liberal arts; assist with teaching and curricular development; coordinate faculty and student connections to technologists at Middlebury; and help to link digital research and teaching to civically engaged public work. The DLA organizes ongoing events, a digital fluencies series, a blog, and a newsletter. Acting Director Michael Kramer is available for consultation at any stage of a project.
• ongoing consultation whether you receive DLA funding or not
• conference travel
• initial discovery phases of research
• student research assistants
• year-long DLA Fellowships
• news about external opportunities
Philosophy: The DLA encourages faculty and staff to take risks and try new approaches with regard to digital scholarship. We offer ongoing consultation at any stage of a digital project, whether one receives DLA funding or not. We provide guidance for adopting best practices, help frame research questions, provide assistance in developing research agendas and work plans, connect faculty and students to technologists at Middlebury, help solve problems that arise, and confer on project progress and new directions or opportunities.
The DLA’s overarching goal is to facilitate communities of digital scholarly practice in order to advance all levels of research, teaching, and learning at Middlebury. Digital technology offers opportunities to blend disciplinary and interdisciplinary work. Sometimes digital explorations take participants deeper into their existing research; at other times, digital investigations lead to surprising, new interdisciplinary collaborations and transformations across departments and units of Middlebury as well as outward toward public-oriented projects and partnerships with other institutions. When projects work best, they often reinvigorate core areas of study precisely by using digital technology to connect across fields.
Consultation: For consultation, please contact Michael J. Kramer, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Digital History/Humanities and Acting Director of the Digital Liberal Arts. Consultation is available whether you are applying for funding or not and at any stage of a digital project or idea.
The DLA is nested within Middlebury’s Center for Teaching, Learning & Research (CTLR). Initial funding for the Digital Liberal Arts was generously provided by the Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Read more about the awarded grant.
For an overview of digital services at Middlebury, start at the Porta webpage.