Faculty Fellows Program

Faculty Leave Opportunity for 2020-21

In addition to our ongoing funding opportunities for digital projects, we invite faculty scheduled to be on leave during all or part of the 2020-21 academic year to apply for a Digital Liberal Arts Faculty Fellowship.

The Faculty Fellowship program, a core element of Middlebury’s Digital Liberal Arts initiative, is designed to assist faculty, regardless of discipline or field, as they explore the potential of digital technologies to transform their scholarship.  Successful applicants will receive a salary supplement of $5,000 for a full-year fellowship or $2,500 for a half-year fellowship, regardless of the extent of their previous experience with digital technology.  

DLA Fellows also receive support from the faculty and staff leaders of the DLA Initiative.  We will ensure that you receive the training you need to acquire the relevant digital skills, find suitable student research assistants during the fellowship period, and feel included in a community of practice designed to help you achieve your research goals. 

Proposals are welcome for year-long or single-semester residencies. We recommend you explore previous DLA Fellow projects to get a sense of what other faculty have accomplished with the help of the DLA. During their sabbatical residency, Faculty Fellows will be expected to:

  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 by giving a final presentation of their Fellowship research and participating consistently in DLA activities.

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, 2019.  Faculty Fellows for the 2020-21 academic year will be selected by the end of January 2020. Prospective applicants must consult with DLA Post-doc Sarah Payne and/or DLA Faculty Director Amy Morsman to discuss their potential 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 a sense of 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 with whom you would like to work.
  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 also be provided.