Evaluating Digital Scholarship

4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT October 10, 2012

This seminar will interest both scholars in the NITLE Network who work in digital media and faculty members or administrators from Network colleges who are charged with evaluating the digital scholarship produced by colleagues. (Times EDT)

While a number of professional organizations have produced valuable guidelines for evaluation of digital work, many colleges and universities have yet to establish clear protocols and practices for applying them. Alison Byerly, College Professor and former Provost and Executive Vice President at Middlebury College, who has co-led workshops on evaluating digital scholarship at the MLA convention, will review major issues to be considered in the evaluation of digital work, such as: presentation of medium-specific materials, documentation of multiple roles in collaborative work, changing forms of peer review, and identification of appropriate reviewers. She will then talk briefly about how these issues can best be approached from the perspective of the candidate who wishes to present his or her work effectively to review committees, as well as from the perspective of colleagues who wish to provide a well-informed evaluation of such work.

Questions and discussion will form the majority of the session.


Alison Byerly. Dr. Byerly holds an interdisciplinary appointment as College Professor at Middlebury College, where she also served in the College’s administration for thirteen years, most recently as Provost and Executive Vice President. While on leave in 2012-13, she is a Visiting Scholar in Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of two books, Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Cambridge, 1998), and Are We There Yet? Virtual Travel and Victorian Realism (U of Michigan, forthcoming 2012). She has published on Victorian technology, such as the railway and telegraph, and is equally interested in contemporary technology and its role in higher education and culture. She has lectured on digital humanities, curricular innovation, and social media past and present, in venues including the annual conference of the Modern Language Association, the Media in Transition Conference, and MIT’s Communications Forum. Her essays on these topics have appeared in Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Registration for this event is closed. (Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.)


For more information about this event, please contact Rebecca Davis at rdavis@nitle.org.