College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Development for Integrative Pedagogy and Assessment Practices


To achieve the goal of incorporating projects in core courses that require students to use electronic methodologies to demonstrate what they know in applied and collaborative contexts, Xavier faculty will read, discuss, and utilize scholarship and travel to conferences, workshops and labs for training in the digital humanities.  They will receive support for planning, implementing, and assessing a digitally-based project into a core curriculum course. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Digital Humanities Initiative @ Xavier University


Upcoming Events

Oct 3, 2018


Digital Humanities Brownbag - Slavery across the centuries: A look at colonial and modern day slavery using Tableau 

Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir's Tableau dashboard project features profiles of victims of Modern Day Slavery through various forms of human trafficking and forced labor. It also looks at the Global Government responses that are used to help eradicate modern slavery. 

Danielle St. Julien's "Perils of the Middle Passage" Tableau dashboard uses data from the Transatlantic Slave Database to visualize both the average length and the mortality rates for thousands of slave voyages. Each voyage, represented as a single dot on a scatterplot, becomes a larger story when students click on them.  From there, students can read details on where the slaves came from, where they were sold, and what ultimately happened during the Middle Passage. Used alongside textual sources, this data visualization helps students connect individual stories to the larger movements of peoples, goods, and ideas.

Past Events

May 17 – May 18, 2018

(10:00am-2:00pm) - 2-Day Tableau Digital Humanities Training

This training was intended to enhance teaching practices and student learning experiences through the use of digital tools. Tableau Trainer Chantilly Jaggernauth offered Xavier faculty an opportunity to learn and practice the ins and outs of Tableau, while developing a meaningful method for incorporation in a core course. Tableau is a free software that allows anyone to connect to a spreadsheet or file, and create interactive data visualizations for the web – even in the humanities. Core class assignments can include the idea of using a project from the Tableau Public Gallery (or a source other than the gallery) to explain a tool used in digital humanities, and discuss the example with the class in a way that furthers the class content.

Apr. 9, 2018

(12:00-1:00pm) - Digital Humanities and Managing Digital Content

LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B. RSVP Here. Lunch will be provided.

PRESENTERS: Sr. Mary Ann Stachow (Theology) and Dr. Shearon Roberts (Mass Communication)

Sr. Mary Ann Stachow, SBS, will present some examples of digital materials used in her Theology courses in Fall 2017 and Spring 2019, including several examples of student projects, and other digital assignments. Sister will also discuss some of the pitfalls she discovered in the process of assigning and evaluating these projects. She will share some of the materials that she, as a beginner in digital humanities, found helpful.

Dr. Shearon Roberts piloted her digital humanities project "My Nola, My Story" in her Introduction to Mass Communication course in Fall 2017 using the platform. She will share some of the students' projects, what worked, what did not, and how she continues to tweak the project in her Spring 2018 course.

Feb. 21, 2018(12:00-1:00pm) - New Orleans Past and Present Digital Initiative Faculty Forum

LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B. RSVP here. Lunch will be provided.

PRESENTERS: Dr. Mary N. Mitchell, Jennifer Miller and Renee Peck

As the New Orleans Tricentennial approaches in 2018, we are working to convene a group of scholars interested in the digital humanities to collaborate with us in publishing student-generated content that celebrates New Orleans history, life, and culture. This presentation will offer faculty support in developing innovative course projects that teach public writing skills, engage students with the community, and produce creative online content for two dynamic online platforms - New Orleans Historical and ViaNolaVie.We ask that attendees follow the links to peruse ViaNolaVie and New Orleans Historical and come prepared with ideas, questions, and feedback on how to get your students involved.

Nov. 30, 2017  (CANCELLED)

(12:00-1:00pm) - The Digital Humanities and Managing Digital Content.
LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B. RSVP to

Nov. 13, 2017 
(12:00-1:00pm) - The Digital Humanities and Working with Databases.

LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B. RSVP to

The round-table discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Richard Peters (Business) and Dr. Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir (History), who are both developing a community-centered Digital Humanities project. 

Dr. Peters' project is based on the use of social media as a vehicle for administration, advertising and advocacy. It is service-based and will pair teams of first year students with local community entities, who presently lack significant social media presence. Students will work with these organizations to identify themes and curate content to disseminate to important stakeholders. Students will learn to leverage the popular platforms for social justice, while organizations will discover the importance of contemporary media to communicate and relate to those that matter. 

Dr. Sinegal-DeCuir's project will engage Xavier students in the university’s mission by allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of strong traditions in the black community and Xavier’s commitment to social justice. Students will conduct oral interviews of the Gert Town community members. They will be responsible for setting up interviews, transcribing interviews, and integrating interviews in a digital source, preferably a website. 

Oct. 26, 2017 
(4:30pm-5:30pm) -
 The Digital Humanities and Social Media.
LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B. RSVP to
Join us for an informal roundtable discussion about the value of Digital Humanities and its possible applications. The session will be facilitated by Dr. James Dunson (Philosophy), Dr. Robin Runia (English) and Dr. Wyndi Ludwikowski (Psychology). All three are currently developing Digital Humanities projects in various stages.

Sept. 11, 2017 
(4:00pm-5:00pm) - The Digital Human: Implications for Teaching Undergraduates.

LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B. RSVP to

About the Facilitator: 

Daniel Lewis McGee was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Xavier University of Louisiana earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and subsequently matriculated Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, receiving a Master of Arts in Religion concentration in Theology.  Currently, Daniel’s research interests include bringing together diverse sources: theological anthropology, science and technology, continental and analytic philosophy, political economy, and liberation theology among other interests. Daniel plans to pursue further graduate study. 

Summer Seminar

May 29 - June 2, 2017 Digital Humanities Seminar: Members of the Digital Humanities/Liberal Arts seminar will read, discuss, and utilize scholarship and selected applicants will have the opportunity to travel to conferences, workshops and labs for further training. Members of the seminar will receive support for planning, implementing, and assessing a digitally-based project into a core curriculum course. Members of the seminar will present their own projects at workshops to disseminate digital humanities/liberal arts awareness. Digital Humanities Summer Seminar RFP

CAS Seminar Participants
  • Austin Ashe: Criminal Justice in New Orleans 
  • Robin Runia: Engaging Global Issues - Women of Color in the British Atlantic 
  • Jason Todd: New Orleans - The City as Text 
  • James Dunson: Ethics at the End of Life 
  • Wyndi Ludwikowski: Digital Humanities in Advanced Research - The Creation of a Research Database of Students' Websites 
  • Richard Peters: From Users to Creators 
  • Shearon Roberts: My Nola, My Story 
  • Mary Ann Stachow: Digital Enhancement of Student Learning in Biblical Studies Core Courses 
  • Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir: Engaging the Mission and Preserving the Past 
  • Sheryl Kennedy-Haydel: The Black Press - As We Live and Breath 

Library Faculty
  • Tamera Hanken

Tamera Hanken is new to Xavier University and she will use this opportunity to learn more about Xavier's initiative in this area, especially as it pertains to research and enhancing the core curriculum. Following the seminar, she will work with the Librarians to ensure they have the knowledge, skills, and infrastructure in place to support this emerging area of digital humanities. Her previous experience has been more on the administrative side, such as creating professional development opportunities for staff and librarians, as well as establishing the policies and infrastructure necessary to support research data as it relates to digital humanities. 

  • Kevin Hebert

Kevin Hebert currently serves as Xavier University Library’s Head of Technology and Digital Initiatives. He earned his bachelor’s (B.A. Philosophy) from the University of New Orleans and his master’s (M.L.I.S. Library and Information Studies) from The University of Alabama.  Kevin’s professional background is in cataloging, systems, electronic resource management, and web services. He is responsible for the overall administration of online library services and the development of the library’s growing digital collection(s). As the person “behind the scenes,” Kevin can assist Xavier faculty in digital humanities projects by building the essential bridges between library digital resources and core curriculum courses.

  • Johannah White

Johannah White, a practicing academic librarian for 10 years, was educated at the University of Kansas (B.A. Russian Language & Literature)and Indiana University (MLS—Library Science). Her current professional work serves students and faculty through teaching information literacy, building library collections and a variety of community outreach projects. Her enthusiasm and developing expertise lies in supporting faculty and students at the intersection of teaching, research, and scholarly communication.Future plans include supporting XU faculty as digital humanities projects are created, advocating for Open Access across campus, and becoming a resource on copyright and authors’ rights.

  • Nancy Hampton

Nancy Hampton received her bachelor's degree from Howard University and her master's degrees from Clark Atlanta University (M.L.I.S.) and Donau-Universität Krems (M.F.A). Currently, she is the Head of Collection Resources at the Xavier University of Louisiana Library Resource Center. Her article "A library of Design: Electronic collections inspire modern research spaces" was published in Codex, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2015 and a selection of her photographs were published in the book *Discovering New
York artist De La Vega *by Rachel Goldberg. Her artwork has been exhibited in New York, British Colombia and Vienna. She has co-authored a forthcoming article, *Adventures in Licensing! How librarians are embracing and affecting change in Electronic Resources Licensing*, which is currently in production with the journal* The Serials Librarian*. Her professional career outside of academia includes serving on the board of the BackStreet Cultural Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. Other important aspects of her life include family, friends, travel, bike riding, piano, painting, and photography.

  • Melinda Williams

Melinda Williams is the digital media specialist for Xavier University of Louisiana's Library Resource Center. Her office provides support for the library's existing digital resources, creates digital marketing and educational content, and works to make the library's existing resources more accessible through digitization efforts. Melinda is interested in helping Xavier faculty and students face minimal barriers between them and the information they need. This means a commitment to expanding the university's digital resources and helping to create a culture open to new resources and ideas. 

  • Vincent Barazza

Vincent Barazza presently holds the position of Faculty Assistant Librarian-Digital Project Archivist at Xavier University of Louisiana, Library Archives and Special Collections. He is tasked with leading the preservation, organization, and digitization of the Charles F. Heartman Manuscripts of Slavery Collection, which includes the creation of metadata records located on the ContentDM Digital Repository and the creation of research guides located on the XULA LibGuides. He also advises on the ongoing organization and storage of material in order to encourage future preservation needs, while coordinating educational and public outreach, such as journal articles, exhibitions, and lectures revolving around the Library Archives and Special Collections and its utilization by faculty, staff, students, researchers, and professionals. He hopes to digitize the numerous historical collections in the Library Archives and Special Collections to encourage and facilitate the dissemination of these amazing collections of information and history. He also plans on working with faculty and staff on the future creation of an Institutional Repository for Xavier students, faculty, and staff to house the numerous research articles, thesis, dissertations, and other educational resources. He believes that Xavier University's work deserves to be available to the masses as the university is merely at the beginning stages of creating a digital presence. He feels confident that with his hands on experience, he can help to continue to push Xavier's mission and move forward into the future. 

Spring Saturday Workshop

March 18, 2017 10am - 4pm, Digital Humanities and the Core Curriculum Application Form. Application deadline is Friday, February 17, 2017.

About the Facilitator:

Roopika Risam is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University. Her research examines the intersections of postcolonial, African diaspora, and U.S. ethnic studies and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. Her book Postcolonial Digital Humanities is forthcoming with Northwestern University Press, and her co-edited volume Intersectionality in Digital Humanities is under contract with Arc Humanities Press. Her new book project explores digital activism engaged in decolonizing the digital cultural memory of humanity. She is also currently co-editing a volume on the digital black Atlantic for Debates in the Digital Humanities, a special issue of Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique on global digital humanities, and a special issue of First Monday on decolonial feminism and digital labor. Her scholarship has recently appeared in Debates in the Digital Humanities, International Journal of e-Politics, First Monday, Ada, South Asian Review, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Left History, and Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.
For more on Dr. Risam’s Digital Humanities initiatives, see her website @

Spring Lunch Workshop

 Feb. 8, 2017 12pm - 1pm, Digital Humanities and the Core Curriculum with Mary Mitchell, Ph.D. and Vicki Mayer, Ph.D.  Please RSVP to

About the Facilitators:

Mary Niall Mitchell is Ethel & Herman L. Midlo Chair in New Orleans Studies, Joseph Tregle Professor in Early American History, and Associate Professor of History at the University of New Orleans where she co-directs the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies. She is the author of Raising Freedom's Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future after Slavery (NYU Press, 2008). Her latest book project, The Slave Girl in the Archive, is a study of race, photography, slavery and memory in the nineteenth century.  Prof. Mitchell is one of three lead historians for, a collaborative database of fugitive slave advertisements housed at Cornell.  She has written for the New York Times Disunion blog, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, and She has received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and J. William Fulbright Foundation. She is also a member of the Nola Digital Humanities Consortium.
Vicki Mayer is Professor of Communication at Tulane, where she researches media production and consumption in relation to economic and political transformations in media and creative industries. Her students act as co-researchers of cultural labor and creative expression in a variety of community-based settings. She also directs the MediaNOLA project, which aims to provide public access to locally-based research via a website and internet database. This project serves and stores the research and class projects generated by over 100 Tulane students yearly. Her collaborative research is available on MediaNOLA and has been distributed through in international publications such as Jump Cut, The Columbia Journalism Review, and Public Culture; she is also a member of the Nola Digital Humanities Consortium. Noting the alarming disconnect between research conducted on communities which then never have access to that information, Dr. Mayer’s work focuses on open access digital archives that enable students and faculty to share and preserve information with and for researched communities. FAQ for Instructors


Potential Local Collaborations

New Orleans Historical

Through New Orleans Historical faculty and students can contribute stories and create tours about the city’s cultural and social history. For more information contact Dr. Molly Mitchell ( or Dr. Vicki Mayer (


ViaNolaVie is a community-based historical and journalistic platform that is centered on New Orleans culture and its culture bearers. Students can contribute stories, create e-portfolios and participate in community centered knowledge production. For more information contact Dr. Vicki Mayer (

Academic Digital Humanities Centers

Duke University Digital Humanities Initiative

“The Duke Digital Humanities Initiative promotes new ways to engage in and learn about the use of technology in humanities scholarship. Our goal is to connect scholars, teachers, librarians, technologists, and practitioners from around campus.”
Stanford Digital Humanities

“The digital humanities at Stanford sit at the crossroads of computer science and the humanities. Since the 1980’s, a wide range of computational tools have enabled humanities scholars to conduct research at a scale once thought impossible. Digital humanities foster collaboration and traverse disciplines and methodological orientations, with projects to digitize archival materials for posterity, to map the exchange and transmission of ideas in history, and to study the evolution of common words over the centuries.”
University of Pennsylvania – Price Lab for Digital Humanities

“Established in 2015, the Price Lab for Digital Humanities supports innovative uses of technology in the study of history, art, and culture.” 
University of Texas, Austin – Thinking in Public

“This website is meant to be a resource for anyone interested in public scholarship or in the specific public scholarship projects that UT faculty and students are carrying out. As more and more of us in the UT Austin community use our skills and knowledge as scholars to inform and work together with the public, we want to learn about what our colleagues are doing. We also want to share this information to promote the wide range of exciting public scholarship going on at UT Austin.”
University of Virginia - The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities

“IATH is a research unit of the University of Virginia established by the University of Virginia in 1992. Our goal is to explore and develop information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research. To that end, we provide our Fellows with consulting, technical support, applications development, and networked publishing facilities. We also cultivate partnerships and participate in humanities computing initiatives with libraries, publishers, information technology companies, scholarly organizations, and other groups residing at the intersection of computers and cultural heritage. The research projects, essays, and documentation presented here are the products of a unique collaboration between humanities and computer science research faculty, computer professionals, student assistants and project managers, and library faculty and staff.”


Digital Humanities Projects

Digital Athens

“The aim of this project is to produce a comprehensive digital map and database of the archaeological remains of ancient Athens. This project is a collaborative multi-disciplinary endeavor, and involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke as well as colleagues based in Athens at the American School of Classical Studies.”
Freedom On the Move

"A database that will compile all North American slave runaway ads and make them available for statistical, geographical, textual, and other forms of analysis. Some elements of data collection will be crowdsourced, engendering a public sense of co-participation in the process of recording history, and producing a living pedagogical tool for instructors at all levels, in multiple disciplines."
Kindred Britain

“Kindred Britain is a network of nearly 30,000 individuals — many of them iconic figures in British culture — connected through family relationships of blood, marriage, or affiliation. It is a vision of the nation’s history as a giant family affair.”
Mapping Dante: A Study of Places in the Commedia

“This website hosts the first interactive digital map with the places mentioned in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. As an experiment in geo-criticism and literary mapping, the project was first developed with an Early Incubation grant from the Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania.”
Mapping the Republic of Letters

“Mapping the Republic of Letters is made up of a number of rich case studies. The case studies are strategic in geographic range and in time period, and in their breadth and scope. As we develop new case studies at Stanford and establish partnerships with groups developing digital correspondence projects, the number of case studies continues to grow. The wide range of case studies gives us multiple points of intersection with the Republic of Letters.” 
Robots Reading Vogue

“Few magazines can boast being continuously published for over a century, familiar and interesting to almost everyone, full of iconic pictures — and also completely digitized and marked up as both text and images. What can you do with over 2,700 covers, 400,000 pages, 6 TB of data? Students, librarians and faculty are excited about the possibilities of working with Vogue to explore questions in fields from gender studies to computer science.”


Additional Resources for Educators

Association for Computers and the Humanities

“The Association for Computers and the Humanities is your professional society for the digital humanities! Through our activities, conferences, and publications, we support computer-assisted research, teaching, and software and content development in humanistic disciplines.”

Best Practices for Digital Humanities Projects
Brainpickings: Digital Humanities Spotlight: 7 Important Digitization Projects

“Despite our remarkable technological progress in the past century and the growth of digital culture in the past decade, a large portion of humanity’s richest cultural heritage remains buried in analog archives. Bridging the disconnect is a fledgling discipline known as the Digital Humanities, bringing online historical materials and using technologies like infrared scans, geolocation mapping, and optical character recognition to enrich these resources with related information or make entirely new discoveries about them.”
Digital Humanities Quarterly
Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities - MLA Commons

An open peer-review site for Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, a curated collection of reusable and remixable pedagogical artifacts for humanities scholars in development by the Modern Language Association.
European Association for Digital Humanities
The EADH brings together and represents the Digital Humanities in Europe across the entire spectrum of disciplines that research, develop, and apply digital humanities methods and technology. These include art history, cultural studies, history, image processing, language and literature studies, manuscripts studies, and musicology, amongst others. The EADH also supports the formation of DH interest groups in Europe that are defined by region, language, methodological focus or other criteria.


“HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists that are changing the way we teach and learn.  Our 13,000+ members from over 400+ affiliate organizations share news, tools, research, insights, pedagogy, methods, and projects--including Digital Humanities and other born-digital scholarship--and collaborate on various HASTAC initiatives.”
Inside Higher Ed: Putting the ‘Humanities’ in ‘Digital Humanities’