With support from the Mellon Foundation, the 2017-2018 Library & Information Technology Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellows will work to understand digital scholarship at Bucknell and to identify ways to expand and enhance digital scholarship on campus. In service of these goals the Fellows complete readings in digital scholarship, discuss issues of outreach and communication to their fellow faculty, and make concrete suggestions for ways to more fully support digital scholarship at Bucknell.
David Del Testa is Associate professor of History at Bucknell, where he has taught since 2004 and where he teaches on a variety of topics, including Modern Europe, Modern Southeast Asia, and courses that connect the two thematically, as well as introductory and intermediate Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS). His current research concerns an uprising by Vietnamese peasants and workers against the French in colonial Indochina during the early 1930s, and he leads an ongoing student-faculty-staff collaborative project on Bucknellians who served in World War I.
What really enabled me to expand my horizons in terms of my digital scholarship on campus was the combination of discussion of the digital humanities minor, request for and receiving of funding from the Mellon Foundation in support of the digital humanities, and the need for IP courses. David Del Testa
Jan Knoedler is a Senior Fellow in the Society and Technology Residential College. She recently finished a co-edited volume of original essays, The Institutionalist Approach to Labor Economics, with Dell Champlin, published by M.E. Sharpe, and is currently at work co-editing a volume of original essays on Thorstein Veblen, to be published by Edward Elgar sometime in 2006. She has published a number of articles on institutional economics in the Journal of Economic Issues.
"[F]or me, it has been fascinating to work with the ARCGIS data on two different ends of the historical spectrum – the early 19th century transportation revolution up to the historic 2016 presidential election." Jan Knoedler
Janice Mann’s area of expertise is the art and architecture of the medieval Iberian Peninsula and the historiography of the field. She teaches classes that focus on art and architecture of the European Middle Ages and the Islamic lands up to 1500. Her book Romanesque Architecture and Its Sculptural Decoration in Christian Spain (1000-1120): Exploring Frontiers and Defining Identities was published by University of Toronto Press in 2009.
"For me the great appeal of digital pedagogies, along with the way they foster student engagement, is the way the digital assignments move students out of their comfort zones, encourage them to discover their curiosity, and teach them how to navigate collaborative projects. These are skills that promote intellectual growth and likewise arm students with practical skills that can be used in the work world. Because they demand more than memorization or even a synthesis of ideas, active learning assignments help students discover and have confidence in their own voices." Janice Mann
DeeAnn Reeder teaches in the Department of Biology and the Animal Behavior Program. She runs the Reeder Lab and serves as a Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She is the editor and project manager of Mammal Species of the World, the foremost international reference for identifying and verifying recognized names and taxonomies of mammals. Dr. Reeder approached L&IT in 2014 to redesign the website and database for the work’s upcoming 4th edition. The project is now in the final phases of beta testing. When published, MSW Online will offer a unique open source text used by scholars and students all over the world.
"The partnership that formed over several years of project development (read: we are all crazy busy) simply transformed my vision for the project. The new Mammal Species of the World data gateway is sophisticated, adaptable, of infinite utility, and quite frankly, beautiful." DeeAnn Reeder