November 24, 2017

Rappahannock Regional Library, Park Service team up for lecture series on Reconstruction (The Free Lance-Star)

McClurken appointed as special advisor to the president at UMW (The Free Lance-Star)

Davis Publishes Book and Article

Janine S. Davis, assistant professor in the College of Education, has published a text titled Building a Professional Teaching Identity on Social Media: A Digital Constellation of Selves. The text was initiated during her work on the Digital Scholars Institute in 2014-15 and was completed during her Jepson fellowship year in 2015-16. The text features a foreword by Martha Burtis, director of the Digital Knowledge Center. Also in the text are mentions of the Domain of One’s Own project and citations from both an interview with Jeffrey McClurken, professor of History & American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation, and work by Zach Whalen, associate professor of English.

Davis also published an article with a colleague, Victoria Fantozzi, in the journal Mentoring and Tutoring. The article, “What Do Student Teachers Want in Mentor Teachers?: Desired, Expected, Possible, and Emerging Roles” will be published in the fall, but an online version is available at

Weekend Reading: End of Pokemon Summer (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

McClurken Keynotes Digital Liberal Arts Event in Minnesota

On May 17-18, Jeffrey McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost, presented the keynote address, “Claiming a Future for the Digital Liberal Arts,” at the Spring Digital Liberal Arts Workshop for Macalester College and the University of Minnesota.  He also co-led a two-day workshop on Digital Pedagogy.

Council Based at UNC Asheville Gets $540,000 Grant (Asheville

McClurken to Co-Chair AHA Digital History Working Group

Jeffrey McClurken, professor of history and American studies and special assistant to the provost, has been named as Co-Chair of the American Historical Association’s newly created Digital History Working Group.  The group, created to help history departments and faculty navigate the tenure and promotion process with regard to digital scholarship, “will be available to advise departments considering these issues, help them define their own guidelines, and recommend external reviewers.”  In addition, the group “will also develop materials to provide further guidance for departments, such as…a curated gallery of ongoing digital scholarship so that historians can learn directly from one another as they conceive, build, and interpret new forms of scholarship.” For more detail, including the rest of the Working Group and the AHA’s new guidelines on Evaluating Digital Projects, see here.


Buchanan ’15 and Macnab ’15 Take Part in Century America Digital Humanities Project (University of Minnesota Morris)

McClurken Presents Digital Humanities Workshop and Plenary at Kansas State

Jeffrey McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost, presented at the Kansas State Digital Humanities Symposium, “Exploring the Digital Medium,” on Feb. 27-28.

On Feb. 27 he led a workshop, “Integrating Digital Humanities in Pedagogy: Choosing Courses, Learning Objectives and Tools,” and on Feb. 28, he presented the opening plenary, “Claiming One Future for Digital Humanities: Undergraduate Learning, Creation, & Ownership.”

UMW Represented at State Technology Conference

The University of Mary Washington was represented at the 2015 Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia, an annual conference of technologists at higher education institutions around the state.

Lisa Ames, LMS Admin-eLearning Specialist from the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, co-chaired the Networked Learning Collaborative of Virginia group meeting. The group focused on advancing academic mission and learning technology activities.

Edward Gray, Systems Integration and Support Specialist from IT Support Services, presented “Remote Assistance: a Discussion” on remote assistance tools, usage, policies, and procedures. He also presented “Measuring Success: an Introduction to Metrics,” as an overview to what metrics are and how to tie them to organizational success.

Jeff McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost for Technology and Teaching Innovation, and Jerry Slezak, Director of IT Support Services, presented “A Convergence of Ideas and Technology,” as a story of UMW’s Information Technology Convergence Center.

Ray Usler, Director of IT Security and Information Security Officer, presented “NO, NO Not the Security Guy!” on the role of the IT Security Office and why everyone should be concerned with security.

Pam Lowery, Director of Technology Professional Development and HR Analyst, serves as chair of the ACCS Board of Directors.

Also attending the conference were Acting CIO Hall Cheshire, and Associate Director for Enterprise Application Services Ben Kjar, both from the Department of Information Technologies.