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Course Development Grants

Previous Course Development Grant Recipients


Ani Kokobobo, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
Course Title: The Russian Novel through the Digital Humanities: Decentering Russia through Tolstoy’s War and Peace


Bruce Hayes, Department of French & Italian
Course Title: Introduction to Graduate Studies

Laura Mielke, Department of English
Course Title: American Literature I


Stephanie Fitzgerald, Department of English
Course Title: The Digital World of Louise Erdrich

Nina Vyatkina, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Course Title: Advanced German I (pdf)
Utilizes an online corpus of German texts. The corpus allows students to perform database queries, the results of which can be used for language and text analysis.


Crystal Hall, Department of French & Italian
Course Title: Manzoni in the Digital Age
Students create a website detailing their findings throughout the course. They employ topic modeling, visualization and mapping through such tools as Voyant Tools, Wordle and ArcGIS Explorer.

Jonathan Lamb, Department of English
Course Title: Digital Shakespeare

Doug Ward, School of Journalism
Course Title: Infomania: Harnessing information in the digital age (pdf)
Promotes digital literacy and the use of digital tools for research and collaboration, with tools and sites such as Popplet, Evernote and Diigo.

Course Development Grant Guidelines

Note: the Course Development Grants program is currently on hold. IDRH is currently working on developing a Certificate in Digital Humanities and other efforts to advance course instruction in digital humanities. We will update information here when the program resumes. 

As part of an effort to develop an interdisciplinary palette of courses in digital humanities (and an eventual certificate program) at KU, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities is offering a $1000 stipend to tenured and tenure-track faculty who develop a new course in the digital humanities or add significant DH components to an existing course.

Priority will be assigned to proposals that meet following criteria and topical foci:

  • Undergraduate courses, or Undergraduate/Graduate courses
  • Courses that raise the profile of DH in their home departments or disciplines, or that attract students from a variety of departments and disciplines
  • Methods that can be applied to a variety of humanities disciplines

Suggested Approaches:

  • General introductions to the Digital Humanities
  • Scripting and coding for humanities studies
  • Digital Editing and Publishing (Markup languages, XML, TEI)
  • Visual representation of humanities data (mapping, quantitative and qualitative analysis, speculative representations)
  • The creation of digital archives and/or use of existing ones
  • Creating, analyzing, and presenting audiovisual sources
  • The ethics of data creation, collection, access, and privacy
  • Social impacts and theories of new media
  • Visual and textual models of epistemology
  • Cyberinfrastructure and the humanities
  • Collaborative research methods in the humanities

The course may be in any humanities or closely-related discipline. Faculty members are encouraged to incorporate their own area of expertise (e.g. 19th c. English literature, contemporary art, activism in social media), with DH skills, methods, and tools. All proposed courses must be taught on the Lawrence or Edwards campus within 3 semesters of receiving funding. We expect to make up to three awards.

We are working on securing classroom/lab space in Watson Library with Apple Macintosh laptops that may be used for DH courses if needed.

All applicants who are selected for the program will be asked to participate in a Digital Humanities curriculum workshop in late May or early June (date TBA), and to eventually provide their course syllabus to IDRH to make available online.

How to Apply: Interested participants are invited to submit a short proposal (two to three pages, double-spaced) that includes: (1) a narrative description of the new course, including a list of; (2) the course title and a (possible) course number; and, (3) a discussion of the potential impact you expect the course to have on KU’s and their home departments’ digital humanities profile. The proposal should indicate whether or not the course is undergraduate or graduate, the expected enrollment, whether or not it is intended as a principal course, and the frequency with which it will be offered. It is expected that the course will be offered sometime during the next three semesters. Faculty from all humanities and related disciplines are invited to submit proposals.

Additional Guidelines

  • Proposals must be received by 5pm on Monday, May 2, 2016 at
  • The department chair and/or dean, as appropriate, must endorse all proposals.
  • Successful applicants will be notified on or before Wednesday, May 9, 2016.
  • The workshop for program participants will be scheduled for late May 2015. Date and time to be announced. Attendance by participants in the full program of the workshop is required in order to receive the summer stipend.
  • Participants will be asked to submit to IDRH a syllabus of the new course after it is offered.
  • For more information, please contact Phil Stinson or Brian Rosenblum, co-directors, IDRH, 864-8883 or

Directory of DH Scholars

Looking for collaborators, expertise, or other scholars with related interests? 

Please see our list of affiliated scholars at KU.

If you would like to be included in this list please complete our affiliated scholars form.


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