DLA Faculty Fellowship 2018-19 Call for Proposals

Faculty Leave Opportunity for 2018-19

We invite faculty scheduled to be on leave during all or part of the 2018-19 academic year to apply for a Digital Liberal Arts Faculty Fellowship. 

Successful applicants will receive a salary supplement of $5,000 for a full-year fellowship or $2,500 for a half-year fellowship.  The chief purpose of the Faculty Fellowship program is to inspire faculty to explore the potential of digital technologies to transform their scholarship, regardless of discipline or field. Eligible faculty are those who are scheduled to be on leave between August 2018 and June 2019.

The Faculty Fellows program is a core part of the DLA Initiative. The faculty leaders and staff involved in the DLA Initiative will provide support for the successful applicants to obtain the training they need to acquire or master digital skills; help them find suitable student research assistants for the Fellowship period; and assist Fellows throughout their sabbatical in finding the tools and communities of practice that will help them achieve their research goals.

The DLA Faculty Fellowship program is open to all faculty scheduled for leave regardless of the extent of their previous experience with digital technology. Proposals are welcome for year-long or single-semester residencies. During their sabbatical residency, Faculty Fellows will:

  1. Identify digital methods and tools to be applied to a particular question or creative project that can be explored within the time frame of the Fellowship, in consultation with DLA faculty, staff, and other experts. 
  2. Develop necessary skills and expertise to use those methods and tools independently by the conclusion of the Fellowship, or with assistance from an established support network.
  3. Share their work with the College community through participating in DLA activities and giving a final presentation of their Fellowship research.

Application requirements

Eligible faculty should submit a detailed project proposal and CV as a PDF by email, to Jim Ralph, Dean for Faculty Development and Research, by December 18, 2017.  Faculty Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year will be selected by the end of January 2018. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact DLA Faculty Director Jason Mittell to discuss their projects before applying.  

Applications should include:

  1. A narrative of up to 5 double-spaced pages that explains the research project to be undertaken during the leave, describes the digital methods and tools the applicant intends to use, explains why they are important for the project, states how the project is related to the applicant’s broader research agenda and/or teaching or career goals, and comments on how the proposed project will contribute to the broader DLA Initiative’s purpose of fostering innovative, transformative, high-quality digital scholarship at Middlebury College. 
  2. A timeline for major steps in the project, including time required to learn or enhance digital research skills and where or how those skills will be acquired. 
  3. A statement of how the applicant will employ one or more student research assistants on the project, what skills the RA(s) will need to possess or to learn, what work the student(s) will be asked to do, and if there are any specific students whom you would like to work with.
  4. A budget detailing anticipated research expenses, such as the cost of necessary software or hardware not already provided by the College and travel to related training or other workshops or conferences.   An estimate of the number of hours that student RAs will work on the project should be provided.