NFAIS Call For Presenters!

As humanities scholars utilize new technologies to produce their research, traditional measures of evaluation often to not reflect the changing output.  However, proper assessment is critical for hiring as well as for tenure and promotion decisions, which have an affect on the future of academia. Institutions, departments and societies are in the process of developing guidelines of evaluating work in digital media/digital humanities, while scholars are learning new skills to become competent peer reviewers.

NFAIS will explore this new realm of scholarship at our "Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and Its Impact" roundtable on March 10, 2019  in Washington DC, and we invite you join the discussion as a speaker! NFAIS is partnering with the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) again this year to provide participants with even more value. 

The program will address the skills, tools and resources required for digital humanities evaluation, inlcuding technologies and how they will impact the disciplines within the humanities, funding, and how publishers, libraries, and content aggregators can better support digital humanities. If you are a university library, funder, publisher, or content aggregator, we invite you to become a speaker and share your experiences, new technologies, and applications with others in the humanities. You may be selected to present alone, with a co-presenter, or as a panel.

Benefits of Presenting with NFAIS

  • Gain visibility as a thought-leader in digital humanities
  • Create a launch pad for debate and discussion
  • Influence and shape the future of digital scholarship
  • Reach a high-caliber audience of key leaders and decision makers
  • Help others succeed and ensure they avoid common pitfalls
  • Boost the profile of yourself and your organization
  • Network with colleagues and make new connections

 Presentation Guidelines

  • The submissions deadline is August 31, 2018
  • Submissions must be in English
  • Presentations must be original and unique to the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and Its Impact roundtable; the same presentation/talk cannot have been given 90 days prior to the conference
  • Presentations must be educational in nature (sales presentations will not be accepted)
  • Presentations should be at least 20 minutes in length but no more than 45 minutes and allow time for Q&A – please indicate your approximate length
  • Presentations should focus on the following discussion topics, or those relevant to digital scholarship in the humanites:
    • Initiatives for evaluating the work of digital humanities
    • New technologies shaping the outcome of digital humanities projects
    • Best practices in measuring success
    • Peer review in the humanities
    • Emerging funder expectations
    • Innovative tools that promote discoverability and usability
    • Other

Submitting Your Proposal

Submissions should include a title, presentation summary (maximum of 300 words) identifying the purpose, content, and learning objectives/expected outcomes for participants, and a professional biography of presenter(s) (maximum of 50 words) along with a photo for inclusion in our program, should your presentation be accepted. Please also provide for us your full name, institutional affiliation and mailing address, including email.


The Evaluation Process

All submissions will be reviewed by the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable Committee, and selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Relevance to the industry
  • Overall quality
  • Practical Application
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Speaker qualifications
  • Well-defined focus within selected content area

All speakers will be notified regardless of selection. NFAIS will keep all submissions on file for a period of 12 months. Speakers may also be contacted during this period to present at a workshop, virtual seminar, webinar, or the annual conference.

For further information, or if we can answer any questions, please contact Nancy A. Blair-DeLeon, Professional Development Program Director at [email protected].