A collaboration between Grinnell College and The University of Iowa funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

During the next three years, the Center for Teaching, ITS Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology, will partner with UI and Grinnell College faculty members to develop humanities-centered collaborations that implement digital technologies. Through a $1.6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the “Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry” initiative will provide support for faculty members to enhance their digital skills.

The Center for Teaching staff, including Student Instructional Technology Assistants (SITA), will help develop multi-day faculty professional development institutes and provide pedagogy consultations for Iowa and Grinnell faculty members from an array of humanities disciplines. 

As part of the inter-institutional collaboration, the project will provide professional development opportunities for faculty members. The Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Teresa Mangum and Associate Professor of Library and Information Science James Elmborg will serve as the UI principle investigators for the project.

Major activities to be funded by the grant include:

  • Faculty development initiatives, such as summer institutes, collaborative projects between Grinnell and UI faculty, and training in digital liberal arts techniques.
  • Undergraduate curricular development initiatives, such as new digital liberal arts courses or course modules, developing courses that bridge the two institutions, and supporting student-faculty collaborations.
  • Engagement with the broader digital liberal arts community, including a conference to be held at the UI in 2018, support for conference travel to share exemplary digital projects and learn from the work of others, and a web presence for the project that features an online inventory of digital projects.
  • Support for library and instructional technology faculty and staff members who help make digital projects possible, including professional development funds as well as funding for software, digitization, and other research expenses.  

You can learn more and keep connected to these exciting opportunities by subscribing to receive the Digital Bridges newsletter.


Pedestrian view of the Iowa High Trestle Bridge.