Building Your Online Presence

December 6, 2019 (Friday) / 10:30 am2:30 pm

Humanities Conference Room, 623 Williams Hall

Building Your Online Presence

Katie Rawson

Director of Learning Innovations, Penn Libraries

Whitney Trettien

Assistant Professor of English, Penn

 The dramatic shift of scholarly discourse and debate in recent decades, from printed media to the internet, raises many questions scholars newly embarked on an academic career. Should you maintain a personal website? If so, what is a good way to build it, what server should host it, and what kinds of things should you put on it, or not put on it? Is active participation on Twitter or other social media mandatory for young academics to gain recognition in their field? What should you do if you become targeted by online shamers or haters, or simply get swept up in an escalating controversy with more senior scholars? Is it best practice to make all one’s publications available online, and if so, what is the best way to do that? Are there risks involved in sharing work-in-progress too widely, too soon? In this workshop, Katie Rawson and Whitney Trettien will provide practical guidance through these and related matters, teaching you about specific tools, best practices, and potential pitfalls of academic life online.

If you are a humanities-based postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship, or have nearly completed your doctorate and are entering the job market, you are cordially invited to a series of workshops that aim to introduce skills helpful for career development and for bringing one’s scholarship into the world beyond the university. 

Humanities Skills-Building Workshops presented by Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, Price Lab for Digital Humanities, and Wolf Humanities Center and made possible by support from SAS Dean Steve Fluharty.