I’m probably going to be stopped and asked for my autograph soon!
Ok. A little bit of sarcasm there, but I’m feeling a little proud these days. This week this website was featured in the inaugural issue of the Digital Presence and Public Scholarship Initiative (DPPSI) newsletter at MSU. I was asked to discuss my experience with the DPPSI program at MSU, and they called my Illustrative CV “stunning.” My quote from the article is below.
And then…I discovered another blog of a faculty member at Middlebury College, Evelyn Helminen, who attended a DPPSI workshop at MSU a couple years ago. Apparently, the workshop showed example sites, and mine was one. Evelyn then wrote up little blurbs about some of the featured sites.
It’s pretty surreal to find a complete stranger reviewing my site, but I’m also excited that folks are finding my work valuable and are interested in sharing it and getting ideas from it. This site wouldn’t exist without the DPPSI group at MSU. The initiative is for faculty to own their digital presence and control how and what they share. They provide numerous resources from server space to trainings, workshops, and help sessions, and they are the nicest people. So a big shout out to Kristen Mapes, Scott Schopieray, Stephen Thomas, and Leigh Graves Wolf (who is no longer at MSU, and we miss).
My quote in the DPPSI newsletter:
“I use the site mainly as a space to reflect on professional development, workshops, readings, etc. Although I have had ups and downs with my ability to keep it updated, one of my goals for 2019 is to schedule time for writing posts. My posts serve multiple purposes: 1. Allow me time to critically think about the new material I learned and consider how I can incorporate it into my work, 2. Provide me with a written overview of some of my accomplishments when it’s time for my annual review, and 3. Give me an opportunity to share my ideas and questions with my colleagues. Overall, the site benefits me professionally and is worth the effort I put into it.
I highly recommend new fellows take advantage of the many trainings and resources that the Digital Presence group offers. I began the process already having a background in web design, but I know for those just starting, the entire process can seem a bit daunting. By using the resources and asking questions, the end product – being in control of your academic presence – can be manageable, useful, and enjoyable. As a side note, I have just discovered the subdomain tool and have used it to create a digital syllabus for my online graduate course.”