Navigating the Digital Humanities

Over the past decade, the digital humanities (DH) have become a major focus of research and teaching across the liberal arts. DH researchers have developed ambitious scholarship using data visualizations, web interfaces, digital audio and video, and massive data sets, and have offered strategies for incorporating digital projects and texts into undergraduate and graduate humanities courses. Digital approaches continue to enhance and challenge traditional disciplinary approaches to research and pedagogy, opening new avenues of inquiry and knowledge production. This FLC will serve as an opportunity for DH community-building at MTSU, and is meant to bring together faculty across disciplines, departments, and university locations. Members of the FLC will

  • hold sustained discussions based on recent DH scholarship,
  • collaborate on and workshop pedagogical materials grounded in DH,
  • develop individually and collaboratively authored research and grant proposals focused on DH methods and practices, and
  • research and draft institutional guidelines and standards for assessing DH projects for tenure and promotion.

Goals and Outcomes of the FLC

The purposes of this year-long FLC are as follows:

  • Build a sense of community and familiarity with DH by discussing a set of readings, including Claire Battershill and Shawna Ross’s 2017 book Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom.
  • Share, workshop, and present course materials (syllabi, assignment prompts, etc.) based on DH principles, building collaborative classroom teaching and learning strategies.
  • Create a digital archive of publicly available versions of these pedagogical materials.
  • Publish an article detailing this public archive creation and its materials within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Facilitate discussions of the role of digital projects in tenure and promotion, mapping out relevant routes for professional development in the case of junior faculty.
  • Research and develop a set of institutional guidelines for assessing DH projects for tenure and promotion.


While the facilitators except this FLC to be of particular interest to faculty in the College of Liberal Arts, they also welcome members from other colleges and disciplines, including faculty in the College of Education, College of Media and Entertainment, and Walker Library. The first five people to sign up for the FLC will receive complementary copies of Battershill and Ross’s Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom.


Dr. Poushali Bhadury (English) and Dr. Eric Detweiler (English)