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Digital Humanities Institute

Leadership Structure

(This leadership was structure approved by the Advisory Committee on 3/2/17, with subsequent modifications responding to feedback from Advisory Committee members.)
  1. Director. A faculty member from any academic department at UNF. A two-year term, renewable with approval of the Advisory Committee.
    1. convenes meetings of the steering committee as needed, at least once a semester;
    2. convenes a meeting of the advisory committee at least once a semester;
    3. oversees the functioning of the standing subcommittees;
    4. recruits members and chairs for standing subcommittees, with input from Advisory Committee
    5. ensures that academic departments and administrative units are properly represented on the Advisory Committee;
    6. oversees the DHI's finances and budgeting;
    7. ensures that the DHI complies with all reporting requirements;
    8. maintains an archive of communication related to the Initiative, including meeting agendas, minutes, and other materials; and
    9. pending election, represents UNF within the FLDH, the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium ( and other regional or national organizations dedicated to the Digital Humanities.
  2. Steering Committee. Consists of the director, along with the faculty and co-chairs of the standing subcommittees listed below. Committee chairs and members are drawn from the DHI Advisory Committee.
    1. prepares advisory committee agenda;
    2. prepares annual report of the DHI's activities; and
    3. makes decisions related to the long-term direction and day-to-day operation of the DHI, with input from the Advisory Committee.
  3. Standing Subcommittees. All subcommittees are co-chaired by the following: 1) one tenured or tenure-track faculty member from any academic department, or a member of the library faculty (who are all non-tenure track); and 2) a staff member from any academic department or administrative unit on campus (or a second faculty member, if that unit is the Library). Terms of service are for two years, with the faculty and staff members rotating off in alternating years. These positions are renewable at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. In the interest of continuity and stability we assume that the staff co-chair position (and in some cases the faculty co-chair position) of the following committees is essentially permanent, at the discretion of the Advisory Committee, as well as, of course, the staff member in question and the academic/administrative area providing that staff member: Communications/Social Media, Curriculum, Portfolio Management.
    1. Curriculum.
      1. oversees management of DH minor, including publication and distribution of course list for each semester;
      2. promotes creation of new DH courses;
      3. maintains and periodically updates minor program of study; and
      4. manages ongoing conversations around possible creation of a DH major.
    2. Development.
      1. identifies and pursues funding opportunities for the DHI and the projects it supports.
    3.  Outreach.
      1. develops and maintains community partnerships in the region;
      2. creates internship opportunities for DH minor students; and
      3. communicates information to and from DH groups around the state.
    4. Portfolio Management.
      1. works with faculty, staff and students to develop ideas for new digital projects;
      2. gathers needed materials related to proposed projects to inclusion in Advisory Committee agenda materials;
      3. monitors progress of affiliate projects by soliciting periodic updates from project leaders;
      4. provides project updates to Communications subcommittee for sharing on social media;
      5. assists Communications committee in maintaining and updating project information on DHI website; and
      6. creates and maintains guidelines for managing project lifecycle and for managing materials related to projects that become inactive.
    5. Tools and Training.
      1. coordinates training sessions to benefit faculty, staff and students;
      2. supports affiliate projects by researching and proposing solutions to specific technological problems; and
      3. oversees the long-term management and hosting of the digital materials produced by DHI affiliate projects.
  4. Advisory Committee. Comprised of faculty, staff and students from across the university. Staggered, renewable two-year terms. Each department may have two faculty members and one student representative. Non-instructional units on campus may have up to two members. Because of the critical support they provide to the DHI, the Thomas G. Carpenter Library and CIRT may have up to six representatives each. Responsibilities:
    1. elects a director, rotating every two years;
    2. provides feedback to the Steering Committee and director regarding the direction and priorities of the Initiative;
    3. contributes to advancing a campus-wide discussion on the role of Digital Humanities at UNF;
    4. supports faculty-led projects;
    5. recruits new representatives from their areas to serve on the advisory committee when stepping down;
    6. approves, by a simple majority, the appointment of chairs of the standing subcommittees;
    7. reviews annual report prepared by Steering Committee and provides feedback; and
    8. monitors and provides feedback on the implementation of the DH minor.