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How do I find collaborators on campus?

  • Go to where the people are. Often simply showing up at talks at other departments or lectures by scholars whose work aligns with your own can be enormously helpful in establishing relationships.
  • Ursinus College uses the triad model to to invite collaboration among faculty, grouping faculty from three different disciplines. These groups form an informal support structure for each other, with modest incentive (perhaps a book and a few lunches supported over the course of the semester) and modest requirements (a very brief presentation after the work is concluded). The triads are used in both our first-year core curriculum, in which faculty from throughout the disciplines teach far beyond their comfort zones, and in our Teaching and Learning Institute, in which groups of three faculty from different departments came together to explore a teaching problem. We suggest that such a model could easily be adapted for digital scholarly projects and could be especially useful for faculty who are curious about digital work, but who have not yet been able to engage in a digital project. Ideally, the triad could run while a course is in development. This is a slight variation on the learning community model because learning communities are typically larger and don’t necessarily involve a broad range of stakeholders. By scaling down to a group of three, with each member having a unique area of expertise, the groups can offer more genuine exchange, more sharing of liabilities and concerns, and a different kind of creative thinking. One faculty member, one librarian (depending on institution, a departmental liaison librarian) and an IT staff member could come together on the basis of faculty interest. These three group members could form a team to leverage each other’s strengths. This model allows IT professionals to participate at scale with maximum enthusiasm and minimum time expenditure. Ideally, groups should expand to include students. (Meredith Goldsmith, Ursinus College)
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How do I find external collaborators?

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How do I credit collaborators?