SUNY New Paltz Funded a Digital Scholarship Center

I’m happy to report that SUNY New Paltz has funded an interdisciplinary digital scholarship center to be housed in the Sojourner Truth Library! My colleague Melissa Rock (Department of Geography) and I submitted a grant proposal for internal funds, and the President and Provost agreed to fully fund its initial start-up.  We’re very excited that the administration has decided to make digital scholarship such a high priority!

We’re still tossing around name ideas–the current leader is Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities Lab (DASSH Lab, for short)–and we won’t have access to our new space for a few months yet, but we’re working on setting up a temporary home as we gear up for workshops, training sessions for classes, and a speaker series.

Here’s the information about the center:

Faculty members in departments throughout the university, including Geography, English, Education, Anthropology, Computer Science, Biology, and Graphic Design, have expressed great interest in integrating digital technologies into their own research and classroom curricula. However, they lack the expertise, equipment, and access to space necessary to use these technologies effectively; most specialized computer labs are reserved for professors and students in that department, and most other computer labs, in addition to lacking specialized software, are consistently booked with classes. This center will provide the training, equipment, and software, and workshops necessary for faculty from throughout the campus to support teaching and learning with digital technology by creating digital video essays, podcasts, websites, digital archives and editions, and visualizations. This center is vital to ensure that SUNY New Paltz professors are using cutting-edge techniques in their research and pedagogy.

Stay tuned for more information!

New Job, New Blog

For the final two years of my time as a graduate student at the University of Virginia, I  blogged about digital humanities, Victorian literature, and sound studies at http://anglophileinacademia.blogspot.com/.  I really enjoyed using the Blogspot framework, but now that I’m no longer in graduate school, I wanted to create a new blog that will also function as my academic portfolio.  So, welcome to the new incarnation of “Anglophile in Academia.”

For those of you new to my work, here’s some information about me.  I’m Annie Swafford (although I publish under my full name, Joanna Swafford), and I’m the Assistant Professor for Interdisciplinary and Digital Teaching and Scholarship at the State University of New York, New Paltz. It’s a great college in the Hudson Valley that focuses on undergraduate education and research.  I’m teaching two sections of an interdisciplinary 19th century Digital Humanities class (see http://sherlockholmeslondondh.wordpress.com/ or @DHM293 for details) in the Fall, and I’ll be teaching it again alongside an interdisciplinary Victorian literature and culture class in the Spring.  For more specific details on my educational background, publications, and other information, check out my Curriculum Vitae.

As a graduate student, I built two digital humanities tools to facilitate music and literary scholarship:  Songs of the Victorians, an archive and analysis of parlor and art song settings of Victorian poems with an interactive framework that highlights each measure of a score in time with its music, and Augmented Notes, a tool that lets users build their own interdisciplinary websites like Songs of the Victorians.  (To find out more about these tools, see https://annieswafford.wordpress.com/digital-humanities-projects/).

I’ll be posting updates about the development of these tools, my experiences teaching an undergraduate intro to DH course, and my time as a new faculty member on my blog, so please follow me here and on Twitter (@annieswafford).  Also, please comment! I’d love to hear from you.