Digital Liberal Arts Initiative

The Digital Liberal Arts Initiative (DLAi) is a collaborative endeavor between the College of the Liberal Arts and the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab to enrich and promote rigorous cross-disciplinary scholarship and research at a time when writing, reading, teaching, and research are being transformed by digital technologies.

The DLA Initiative was created to enhance the research and public profiles of liberal arts faculty in the College and facilitate the development of digital research and teaching methods. The initiative seeks to open new opportunities for high caliber graduate placements in the liberal arts, and enrich the undergraduate experience by providing undergraduate students access to and support for cutting-edge liberal arts research. Through the DLA Initiative, the College now offers support for faculty to further enriched scholarship with digital technologies in the liberal arts.

Recognizing that the most innovative scholarship in the liberal arts is collaborative, the DLA Initiative is structured to enable robust collaboration between the College of the Liberal Arts, the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab , and the University Libraries. Digital Research Designers and Instructional Designers are partnering with liberal arts faculty to identify and discover ways to use technology to enrich existing faculty research projects in the liberal arts and to explore and create new forms of digital scholarship. Faculty scholars will continue to work on individual research projects, but we aim to develop a community of researchers who together can work towards the goals of the Initiative.

Principles of Digital Liberal Arts


Encourage experimentation with, and application of, technology across research and teaching in the liberal arts.


Encourage and assist scholars in exploring new and emerging models for digital research and scholarly communications.


Share resources and expertise to develop broader expertise among faculty, staff, and graduate students.


Provide intellectual support and space for the collaborative development of research projects.


Engage with faculty and graduate students, while increasing public dissemination of research outputs.


Foster interdisciplinary approaches to digital research questions and facilitate new research agendas.
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