The Digital Teaching Integration (DTI) initiative aims to collaborate with faculty across the CSSH disciplines to introduce students to digital methods and skills, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

We believe that every student, across all disciplines, needs basic computational skills to be successful in today’s market. Even though most students are now “born digital,” this does not mean they understand how a computer works, or what specific computing skills they will need in their future careers. The DTI consists of a team of graduate students, guided by faculty and staff leads, who work with faculty across CSSH to incorporate digital proficiencies into existing syllabi. Rather than adding additional skills or assignments to existing courses, we instead work with faculty to integrate digital skills to enhance the existing course learning goals and outcomes. The aim is not to turn all students into computer scientists, but to teach skills that will help them be successful in their own work and in the workforce they will be entering when they graduate.

Interested in Partnering with DTI?

DTI will partner with faculty across CSSH to integrate digital proficiencies into their curriculum. Please check out the information below to learn previous digital proficiency modules DTI created, read about faculty partnership guidelines, and fill out an initial consultation survey.


One core motivations of DTI is to create and provide resources for Northeastern faculty and students to learn digital proficiencies. All our previous teaching materials used are available on our GitHub repository, which holds copies of the slides, handouts, examples and activities that accompany each module.

If you are an instructor interested in integrating digital proficiencies in your course (either on your own or with a DTI member) or a student who is interested in developing digital proficiencies, here are several resources that you may find useful:

The DTI Team

The Co-Directors of the DTI initiative are Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Distinguished Professor of English; Laura Nelson, Assistant Professor of Sociology; and Sarah Connell, NULab Assistant Director. The current team members are listed below along with some of the skills they are able to bring into class partnerships.

Sarah Connell, NULab Assistant Director
DTI Co-Director

  • Text encoding and customization (XML, TEI)
  • Web-based text analysis
  • Topic modeling
  • Vector space modeling
  • Digital archive curation
  • WordPress
  • Digital project development

Cara Marta Messina, English Ph.D. Candidate
DTI Assistant Director, 2019-2020

  • GitHub and GitHub Pages
  • Website Building Tools
  • Excel and data structures
  • Python
  • Text encoding (XML, TEI)
  • Text analysis methods (web-browser tools and Python)
  • Citation management
  • Basics of R, data scraping, HTML/CSS
  • Inclusive information systems

Garrett Morrow, Political Science Ph.D. Student
DTI Research Fellow, 2019

  • Python
  • R
  • SPSS
  • Tableau
  • NVivo
  • Citation Management (Zotero)
  • ArcGIS/QGIS & Spatial Analysis
  • Excel
  • Gephi

Molly Nebiolo, History Ph.D. Candidate
DTI Research Fellow, 2019

  • Spatial analysis
  • Excel
  • Text encoding (TEI, XML)
  • R
  • WordPress
  • Python
  • Gephi
  • Stylometry
  • Text analysis
  • Citation management


Alexis Yohros, Criminology Ph.D. Student
DTIAssistant Director, 2018-2019