Introductory Fellows Program

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 multi-week program, you will create (or revise) a professional website for you as a scholar. 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.

The program will provide support and resources for developing a digital presence in particular (but not exclusively) using MSU Commons and/or MSU Domains.

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 faculty in the College of Arts and Letters, the program is open to all faculty and staff.

All meetings will take place on Zoom. During the Spring 2022 semester, discussion meetings will be on Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00pm (ET) each week. On alternate weeks, there will be additional co-working sessions on Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm (ET) to provide time for participants to actively build their website and develop their digital presence, with the assistance of the facilitator.

Participants are expected to attend all of the discussion sessions during the program and to either attend the co-working sessions or to check in with the facilitator during co-work weeks to report on progress.

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