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Digital Scholarship Fellowships

An increasing number of faculty are bringing new technologies to their scholarship and teaching. Lehigh's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) has many resources to support such projects. We work closely with instructors, offering assignment design consultations, production expertise, instruction for students, course development assistance, advice on equipment and software needs, and help developing rubrics.  In addition to our regular semester collaborations, we provide intensive support in developing new ways for faculty to think about their research and its application to their courses.  The Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship gives faculty an opportunity to devote time, energy, and funding for research and course development.

Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship

The Fellowship provides $5,000 to full-time faculty (of any rank or any discipline) who want to use digital tools in their research and/or present their scholarship in a digital form.  Successful applicants for the Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship will collaborate with Library and Technology Services staff and focus on addressing a scholarly question through new research methods or new ways of interrogating or representing research.  Funding guidelines change yearly, based on new or emergy trends.

Applicants are asked to identify additional funding resources available for their project and outline a plan of work for the grant year and beyond. Final digital projects should be intended for broad dissemination, without fees or limitations. The Fellowship will support a summer stipend or research account, and/or a funding for graduate assistants. The Fellowship does not support the following: creation or conversion of a scholarly journal, conferences or professional meetings, acquisition of computer equipment or software, preparation or publication of articles or textbooks. At the conclusion of the funding period, Fellows will present their work at a campus-wide Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning event.

For information on previous Fellowships, see below.

Contact Julia Maserjian at with questions.

The call and guidelines for the 2019/20 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow will be released in January 2019.

2018-19 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow

The 2018 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship was awarded to Haiyan Jai, Assitant Professor of Journalism and Communication

Professor Jai is redesigning her Journalism and Visualization course to enhance student understanding of data. To accomplish this goal, Professor Jai is working closely with CITL staff to select tools and design assignments that empower students to create and work with visualizations of data more readily and intuitively.

2016-17 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow

The 2016-2017 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship was awarded to Monica Najar, Associate Professor of History.

Professor Najar's project “Mapping the Evangelization of the Southwest, 1755-1815" used GIS to maps evangelical Baptist churches in the Upper South.  Using the founding of Baptist churches (the fastest growing evangelical sect) as a marker, this project used mapping tools to compare and understand the geographic growth of evangelical churches in relationship to the expansion of civil authority. See an example of Professor Najar's work. Funding allowed Professor Najar and her graduate students access, training and consultation with CITL's Geospacial Specialist.

2014-15 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow

The 2014-2015 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship was awarded to William Bulman, Lehigh University Assistant Professor of History.

Professor Bulman’s fellowship supported his work on a book project entitled “The Rise of the Majority in the British Atlantic World.” This project aims to explain why over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries representative assemblies in the West stopped making consensual decisions and opted for majority rule voting instead. Despite the fact that this development was a precondition for the emergence of both party politics and democracy, it has never been studied. The fellowship allowed Bulman to work with Library and Technology staff to create digital text databases for the records of a multitude of such assemblies in the British Empire, from the English House of Commons to the North American colonies. These activities launched Bulman's efforts to collect the core data for his project.  This project is still in progress and will be made available when complete.