Teaching has been essential in Leigh Bonds’ career trajectory and continues to be a primary area of focus in her role as the Digital Humanities (DH) Librarian. The DH pedagogy workshop series she teaches draws upon her varied teaching experiences and pedagogical training, and is informed by her conversations within the DH community about DH pedagogy which began in 2013 when editing a journal special issue devoted to the practice and continued with her participation in the Open/Social/Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Training, and Mentorship Conference.
Offering this workshop series as a teaching endorsement has provided her the invaluable opportunity both to address the arts and humanities community’s increasing interest to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to DH as a research approach within their disciplines, and to build capacity for DH instruction within the college. She thoroughly enjoys sharing, brainstorming, developing ideas for integrating DH practices into courses, and she delights in seeing her colleagues’ genuine excitement about the possibilities and pride in their plans’ successes.
Moving forward, Bonds is interested in continuing to lead this endorsement and to consult with faculty on course or curricular design/redesign, and she foresees having an opportunity to lead an IR Cohort focused on DH Pedagogy as the number of past workshop participants increase. Likewise, she is interested in participating in the Institute’s activities—to include its outreach efforts to other Ohio institutions—that fit her areas of expertise.