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.

Application requirements

Eligible faculty should submit a detailed project proposal and CV as a PDF by email, to Michael Kramer, Acting Director of the DLA, by January 15, 2019.

Faculty Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year will be selected by the end of February 2019. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact DLA Acting Director Michael Kramer to discuss their projects before applying. If interested in the DLA Faculty Fellows program, you may also wish to confer with past DLA Fellows to learn about their experiences.

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.

For past announcements see 2018-19 CFP.

Additional funding opportunities can be found here.

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