New course grant proposals are now closed. Please check back for updated guidelines in spring 2016.

Grants for New Digital Humanities Courses

With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Digital Humanities at Berkeley invites faculty to propose new undergraduate and graduate courses. These courses will develop students’ skills in the critical analysis and application of digital tools and methodologies. UC Berkeley faculty members and tenured lecturers (SOE) are invited to apply.

Digital Humanities Methods

Methods courses establish a basic framework for work in the digital humanities by analyzing select ongoing digital humanities projects. These courses might probe methodologies, taxonomies, hypotheses as well as computational and user experience aspects of digital humanities projects. The courses could be organized around the comparative analysis of projects, their design and scholarly impact.

Special Topics Digital Humanities Courses

In the digital humanities special topics courses students, post-docs, and faculty workshop their own projects. The basic structure for the seminar might consist of weekly meetings in which one participant can present a project for analysis and discussion. The seminar schedule may feature an additional “ongoing discussion” section of 1 hour.

Critical Perspectives in Digital Humanities

Important themes to be developed within this course could include the public face of the humanities and the interfaces between the academy and broader world that digital humanities can enable, the tensions between traditional humanities practices and rapid innovations in digital tools, or the challenges for teaching and research posed by new forms of publication (such as wikis) that are of uncertain quality, provenance, and stability, but that also provide highly accessible and up-to-date information. The course might further address issues of communication between humanists and technologists or the technical and social challenges in building generalizable tools for a humanities community where individual disciplines have distinct practices and norms. The themes are supposed to cover a wide range of technical, social, legal, and educational questions that are made concrete by examining and evaluating actual digital humanities scholarship. Critical approaches to the digital humanities include and are not limited to feminist, intersectional, and disability scholarship.

Evaluation of New Course Proposals

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to incorporating digital humanities into their teaching and a willingness to actively engage in the development of digital humanities curriculum, programs, and events at UC Berkeley. Grantees will form part of the digital humanities fellows group, along with other faculty, librarians, curators, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars. Review criteria include the following:

Scholarly value. The course provides an innovative response to a significant scholarly need.

Pedagogy. The course demonstrates a wide variety of pedagogical approaches such as presentational, interactive, project-based, collaborative, analytic, and technological.

Impact and reach. The course will draw a wide group of students and will likely be sustained by the department. The course builds capacity for digital humanities on campus. The course develops foundational skills or critical perspectives that will be valuable to Digital Humanities at Berkeley.

New Courses Budget

Grant recipients will receive faculty buyout for the development of the course ($20,211) and faculty buyout for the teaching of the course ($20,211) and a GSR ($17,900) and funding for materials for Methods ($4,000), Special Topics ($1,000), and Critical Approaches ($1,000). You can begin planning the course as soon as AY 2015-2016 or you can apply to plan for the course in AY 2016-2017.

How to Apply for New Course Funding

The proposal should be reviewed by your department chair and be submitted with a brief letter of support from the chair that states whether or not the course will be taught as part of your regular course load, and whether or not the course could become part of the regular department curriculum (for example, as an elective).

Proposal Submission

Proposals and letters of support must be submitted as a single PDF by May 26, 2015 at midnight PST, using this form.

The course proposal should include the following information:

1) Applicant(s) name(s), department(s), contact information, and abbreviated CV (no more than 3 pages).

2) Course name, goals, learning objectives, practical skills taught, examples of topics, readings, guest speakers (if any), course activities and pedagogical approach. Examples of proposed hands-on workshop exercises and assignments. Disability access statement.

3) Special resources, if any, required (studio space, computer software, GSI special skills, etc.).

4) Any collaboration planned with campus resource centers.

5) Ways the course will adapt assignments and approach to the backgrounds and disabilities of students from a range of disciplines.

6) Proposed budget for speakers, field trips, materials, facilities, etc.

7) Ways that the course will contribute to the goals of developing students’ skills in the critical analysis and application of digital tools and methodologies.

8) Preliminary ideas on how to share the work of the students with an audience beyond the class (if you have examples of websites you have created for this purpose in the past, please provide a link); preliminary ideas on how to share pedagogical lessons learned with a broader scholarly audience.

9) You may submit a preliminary syllabus (optional).  

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