Digital Fellows Program

The Digital Fellows Program has returned for Fall 2023! The program will take place over 4 weeks in late September and October with weekly virtual meetings. It will focus on discussions around building one’s scholarly digital presence through profile development (and, yes, social media), with a focus on establishing one’s MSU Commons profile. Find out more below and apply to join the program. The deadline to join is Wednesday, September 20.


Online presence and public scholarship are ways to enhance your own research and reputation and to make connections with colleagues from across campus and around the world.

In this four-week program, you will create/develop your digital profile on MSU Commons. There will also be attention and space for exploring social media platforms as part of your digital presence, if you are interested in doing so. You will come out of the program with an understanding of what a digital presence is and how to intentionally develop one according to your individual goals. This experience will provide you with resources and collaborators to help evolve and sustain your digital presence into the future.

While the program will provide support and resources for developing a digital presence using MSU Commons, the concepts covered can be used across many platforms.

In addition to ensuring that you leave the Fellowship with something concrete, this program is designed to help you navigate challenging and nuanced questions like: Why should you have a digital presence? Who is interested in my work and scholarship? How can this work be recognized professionally?

Led by the College of Arts and Letters, the program is open to all faculty and staff at Michigan State University.

All meetings will take place on Zoom and will last 1 hour, with both discussion and co-working time each week. Participants are expected to attend all of the sessions during the program.

Please feel free to contact the facilitator, Kristen Mapes ( with any questions.

In Spring 2024, there will be a follow-on Digital Fellows Program that will focus on creating websites using MSU/Humanities Commons.