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Meet the 2019-2020 Freedman Faculty Fellows!

2019-2020 Faculty Freedman Fellows

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Kelvin Smith Library is proud to announce the selection of the 2019-2020 Freedman Faculty Fellows. The program supports full-time faculty, staff, and post-docs. To address the emerging needs of scholarship, the fellowship aids researchers in integrating digital tools and technology into their work across multiple disciplines to support learning and advance scholastic discoveries.

Digitizing the Occupy Movement Archive to Create Research and Teaching Resources

Heather Hurwitz, Sociology, will develop a public searchable database for the most comprehensive archive of documents surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement. The project will serve as a model for how to preserve and make searchable both digital and traditional media used in contemporary social movements. Furthermore, this archive will become a touchstone for understanding the Occupy movement, the movement that served as the genesis of the contemporary protest cycle.

Exploring Large Healthcare Databases with Geographic Information Systems to Inform Medical Transport Health Policy

Andrew Reimer, Nursing, is excited to continue his second year as a Freedman Fellow to pair existing state and national databases of patient hospitalizations and corresponding medical transfers. Prior to this project, there were no national statistics on medically-transferred patients. In this second year, Reimer is interested in creating a live database that updates annually. To do this, he will focus on data from the state of Ohio to later develop a national model. Medical transport is incredibly costly and can affect patient survival. To know if transport services are effective in patient care can have huge ramifications on medical practices and policies.

Told Around Shoes

Renee Sentilles, History Department, is designing a digital repository for the life stories of women and girls living in the United States. It will be a study in the experiences of girls and women in 20 and 21st century American culture.The stories will be curated and catalogued for easy public accessibility and scholarship.

19th at 100: Commemorating the Suffrage Struggle and its Legacies in Cleveland

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, History Department, is designing an exhibition and corresponding History course to commemorate the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granting women the right to vote. The physical exhibition will be complemented with a digital exhibit and a database making its content available to students, academics, and other stakeholders around the world. The project will provide students a unique learning experience for students to engage hands-on with digital scholarship and tools.

The Language of Reflective Essays: What Writing Analytics Tells Us About Student Learning

Martha Schaffer and Michael Householder, English Department and SAGES, are using machine-enhanced textual and content analysis to study two thousand reflective essays submitted by CWRU students as part of their SAGES Writing Portfolios. In doing so, they aim to learn more about how students in the SAGES Program describe their writing, themselves as writers, and their experiences as learners. They plan to use the collected data to enhance writing instruction and assessment in the SAGES Program, as well as to demonstrate how collaborative, interdisciplinary work in the digital humanities can enhance programmatic-level writing assessment. They are hoping the results can provide an enriched understanding of a large corpus of reflective texts, providing new perspectives on, hidden insights into, and broader understanding of students’ beliefs about their writing and learning.


The Freedman Fellows Faculty Program is funded by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library, and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman.