In a thorough and thoughtful critique of the Task Force Report, Paige Morgan writes:
What steps will the MLA take next in order to support these recommendations, and help Ph.D. programs implement them?
I am of course aware of the various guidelines that have been created – for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media, and for Institutional Support of and Access to IT for Faculty Members and Students. I appreciate those guidelines – and yet, I remember very clearly how opaque they were to me as a fairly new digital humanist, even 3-4 years back – so I wonder how they read to other academics who are new to digital humanities. I think that alone, the guidelines are far from sufficient to help departments make the transitions that have been proposed. Making such transitions will involve careful thinking about scaling up, and making incremental changes that support further adjustments.
Paige Morgan recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in the Department of English and Textual Studies program.