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This article from the new Chronicle of Higher Education job site, Vitae, describes the difficulties digital humanists encounter when tenure committees evaluate their work. As a Ph.D. Candidate in English literature trying to bootstrap my way into the digital humanities (in a program that does not value it), I am not at all surprised that digital projects often do not count toward tenure. My digital projects are, as my dissertation advisor puts it, “a distraction from my real work.” Evidently the situation doesn’t get any better if you find a tenure track job in English. This is changing, slowly–but the main trend is for digital humanists to work off the tenure track in alt-ac positions. While it may be a plus to not have to work for tenure, neither do alt-ac positions provide the benefits of the tenure track.
The good news, according to the article, is that some programs are slowly coming around. The MLA has issued guidelines for evaluating digital scholarship.
The recommendations advise making expectations clear to candidates; asking faculty members familiar with digital work to participate in the review; accepting the work in its original, electronic form and not only, for example, as printed screen shots; and staying informed about technological innovations that help people with disabilities to conduct research, among other principles.
It is a good start.
Today I was searching the MLA jobs list, and noticed that most of the jobs labeled “digital humanities” are jobs about digital media studies, digital rhetoric, or online teaching pedagogy. Jobs of the type that I was looking for, jobs where scholars work on creating digital humanities projects, were few and far between. I noted this on a job hunt listserv that I was following, and one of the other members suggested this article.
Digital Humanities as the evil empire?? This is pure paranoia about the digital humanities from those who don’t really know what it is. The digital humanities, broadly speaking, is a ‘big tent” containing many different types of tools and approaches. But they are meant to supplement–not replace–the kinds of traditional activities and approaches humanists engage in, such as close reading and archival research.
The MLA (Modern Language Association) has just released Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media.
The MLA (Modern Language Association) grapples with the question of assessing digital scholarship. There is a list of interesting links at the bottom of this article.