Faculty Fellows Program

Faculty Leave Opportunity for 2019-20

In addition to our ongoing funding opportunities for digital projects, we invite faculty scheduled to be on leave during all or part of the 2019-20 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 enhance or transform their scholarship, regardless of discipline or field. The DLA Faculty Fellowship program is open to all faculty scheduled for leave regardless of the extent of their previous experience with digital technology.

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 training and acquire digital skills; find suitable student research assistants for the Fellowship period; and locate the tools and communities of practice that will help them achieve their research goals. 

Participants are expected to be based in Middlebury and take part in DLA events during their fellowship. Eligible faculty are those who are scheduled to be on leave between August 2019 and June 2020. 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. Create work plans and pilot and prototype projects.
  4. Share their work with the College community through participating in DLA activities, attending a monthly DLA Fellows lunch, posting reflections on their digital research on the DLA website, and giving a final presentation about their research.

The deadline for 2019-2020 Faculty Fellows has passed. Check back soon for the 2020-2021 application.