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

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About the Digital Integration Teaching Initiative

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 DITI team consists 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.

For Instructors Interested in Partnering with DITI

DITI 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 DITI created, read about faculty partnership guidelines, and fill out an initial consultation survey.

DITI Office Hours

During Summer 2020, the DITI team will be holding remote office hours on Wednesdays from 3 to 4pm. To book an appointment, click here (to allow time for setting up remote consultations, please book at least 24 hours in advance). Office hours are for faculty and students alike. Listed below are the DITI team members with whom you can meet, along with the skills and topics they can consult on.

The DITI Team

The Co-Directors of the DITI 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 and consultations.

Sarah Connell, NULab Assistant Director
DITI Co-Director

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

Colleen Nugent, History Ph.D. Student
DITI Research Fellow, Summer 2020

  • WordPress
  • Text analysis
  • Mapping (KnightLabs, qGIS, CARTO)
  • GitHub
  • R Studio
  • Digital archives and metadata
  • Citation management (Zotero)
  • Digital exhibits and storytelling
  • Video editing

Milan Skobic, Sociology Ph.D. Student
DITI Research Fellow, Summer 2020

  • Python
  • Excel
  • Qualitative coding (NVivo)
  • Mapping (KnightLabs, qGIS, CARTO)
  • GitHub
  • Citation management (Zotero)

Jonathan Sullivan, Political Science Ph.D. Student
DITI Research Fellow, Summer 2020

  • Mapping (ESRI ArcGIS)
  • Illustrations & Graphics (Adobe Illustrator & InDesign)
  • Citation management (Zotero)
  • WordPress
  • GitHub


Cara Marta Messina, English Ph.D. Candidate
DITI Assistant Director, 2018-2020

Jeff Sternberg, Sociology Ph.D. Candidate
DITI Research Fellow, 2019–2020

Garrett Morrow, Political Science Ph.D. Student
DITI Research Fellow, 2019–2020

Laura Johnson, English Ph.D. Student
NULab Coordinator, 2019–2020

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

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