I am an experienced digital project director, supervisor, grant writer, community manager, and web developer; a knowledgeable expert in digital humanities, scholarly communication, Open Access, and Agile software development processes; a popular teacher of digital skills; and, all in all, a fun and effective colleague.
Community Lead, The COVID Tracking Project (2020-present) — Created and managed volunteer recruitment and onboarding processes and orientation documents for a high-profile volunteer-led COVID-19 crisis data collection and publication effort. Supported over 900 volunteers over the course of the project with an average of 300 weekly active users. Developed training materials and conducted training sessions for dozens of volunteers on the core testing and outcomes data entry team. Collected testing, outcomes, and hospitalization data from state COVID-19 data dashboards on more than 160 daily shifts of 3-4 hours each, often as Shift Lead in charge of 6-12 data entry volunteers. Administered G Suite, Slack, 1Password, and other systems for volunteers and contractors. Managed the effort to reply to messages and data issues from the public using the Front app; designed and helped build and revise contact forms. Maintained the FAQ and contributed to the writing and revision of other website content.
Director, Resilient Networks for Inclusive Digital Humanities, George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation (2017-2018) — Managed a project to create a cross-institutional digital humanities support network and training program. Administered $500,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation, including sub-awards to Davidson College, Prairie View A&M University, and Rice University. Organized team meetings and unconferences; oversaw programs to award funds; developed project website; initiated and coordinated conference presentations; planned digital curriculum development.
Director, Digital Research Services, University Libraries, Virginia Tech (2015-2017) — Managed the institutional repository, VTechWorks; implemented Scrum; managed the integration of Symplectic Elements with DSpace; worked to build digital humanities infrastructure in the library; oversaw the creation of digital imaging and preservation services; led and coordinated workshops, playdates, transcribathons, and other events; supervised 6-8 librarians, developers, staff members, and students; developed and managed annual department budgets up to $90,000; evaluated software and hardware purchases; wrote job descriptions and hired for several positions at various levels; contributed to several internal grant proposals; co-wrote NEH grant proposal with Dr. Ed Gitre for the crowdsourced transcription project “The American Soldier,” participated in the IT Governance group, the Library Council, the Web Advisory Group, the Open Knowledge Committee; wrote and published articles and gave presentations; and participated in national and international initiatives such as SHared Access to REsearch (SHARE) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Program Committee.
THATCamp Coordinator / Research Assistant Professor, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University (2010-2014) — Managed influential digital humanities scholarly communication project. Built and managed policy, technical, and administrative infrastructure for THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp), an international scholarly unconference network of more than 200 events; wrote grant reports and grant proposals for two $250,000 awards and raised additional funds; directed a comprehensive website redevelopment and redesign process with two subcontractors; supervised two part-time assistants; administered three fellowship programs that awarded more than 130 fellowships, including creating a review process and appointing two dozen scholars as fellowship reviewers; traveled to more than thirty unconferences in the U.S. and Europe to teach digital skills workshops and help run the events; wrote support and policy documents for unconference website; supported unconference organizers and representatives of at least a dozen scholarly associations; thrice organized a popular annual digital humanities event (THATCamp CHNM) attended by about 150 people each year; and promoted THATCamp in social media and at scholarly meetings.
Digital Curriculum Specialist / Assistant Research Scholar, Archives and Public History M.A. Program, New York University (2008-2010) — Revised curriculum of Archives and Public History M.A. program to incorporate digital skills, created and taught workshops and classes in subjects such as Web 2.0, HTML, and CSS; obtained server space for student projects; installed and administered Omeka archive and exhibit system; designed and co-taught the course “Creating Digital History”; helped arrange digital internships for graduate students; built project websites in Drupal and WordPress; tracked and reported on website traffic.
Coordinator of E-Learning, Emory University Libraries (2007-2008) — Managed the open source software project ReservesDirect, managed the reserves service for the main Emory library, supervised up to four full-time and part-time staff members coordinated content collection for the iTunes U project, performed usability tests on library websites, and participated in other initiatives related to teaching and learning with technology.
Visiting Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University (2006-2007) — Created and taught technology-rich courses, including English graduate courses (Bibliography and Methodology, Victorian Poetry); English undergraduate courses (History of English Literature II, The Victorian Period); and Honors seminars (Advanced Academic Research, Literary Scandals and Controversies).
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, North Carolina State University Libraries (2004-2006) — Managed the North Carolina Sociolinguistic Archive and Analysis Project (NCSLAAP), conducted usability tests on the Libraries’ website, co-taught an undergraduate honors seminar on academic research skills and issues, served on library committees including the Website Redesign Steering Committee, analyzed web traffic using Urchin analytics.
Grant Co-writer and Advisory Board member, NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources project “The American Soldier in World War II,” 2018-present.
Grant Co-writer and Community Manager, NEH Chairman’s Grant project Frankenreads, 2016-2019.
Grant Co-writer and Co-Principal Investigator (converted to Advisory Board), NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources project “The American Soldier: A Collaborative Digital Archive,” 2016-2018.
Project Lead, “Steepletop Library: The Books of Edna St. Vincent Millay,” since 2011.
Advisory Board member, “The People, Places, and Things of Montgomery County, Virginia,” NEH Preservation and Access project, Virginia Tech, 2016.
Grant Co-writer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project “Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers,” 2014.
Facilitator, Arthur Vining Davis Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop, Northwestern University, August 2013, August 2014.
Instructor, Omeka workshops: University of Colorado at Boulder, July 2014; Muhlenberg College, October 2013; many THATCamps. “Intro to Omeka” lesson plan, Editors’ Choice, Digital Humanities Now, November 2013.
Participant or Co-facilitator, Book Sprints: LabCraft, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, May 2014; Book Sprint on Book Sprints, Berlin, Germany, May 2014; Public Library of Science, San Francisco, CA, February 2014; Google Doc Camp, Mountain View, CA, October 2013.
Principal Investigator, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project, “Sustaining Digital Humanities Training Through THATCamp,” 2013-2014.
Keynote, Chesapeake Digital Humanities Consortium, February 2021 (forthcoming).
Short remarks, ODH at Ten, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC, February 2018.
Panel remarks, “Evaluating Digital Scholarship,” panel discussion, Digital Humanities Initiative, Texas A&M, College Station, TX, April 2016.
Panel remarks, “Libraries, the Digital Humanities, and Organizational Change,” Dartmouth College Library, October 2014.
Panel remarks, Our Gadgets, Ourselves: Virtues, Vices and These New Devices, Transduction Lecture Series, Charlottesville, VA, April 2014.
Panel remarks, Global MOOCs, GABFest MOOCs, Charlottesville, VA, November 2013.
“On Projects, and THATCamp,” keynote, Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting, National Endowment for the Humanities, October 2013. (Event canceled due to government shutdown.)
“ ‘Why Not Invent Human Intercourse?’: Scholarly Conversations at THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp),” Freedman Center Colloquium: Exploring Collaboration in Digital Scholarship, Case Western University, Cleveland, OH, April 2013.
“Visual Arguments in the Digital Humanities,” Visualizing the Digital: Design, Ideas, and Platforms, panel, Digital Pragmata, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, March 2013.
Panel remarks, “New Roles, New Expertise, New Hiring Practices,” ARL-ACRL Human Resources Symposium, Washington, DC, November 2012.
“Alexandria is a Port: The Digital Library in Physical Space,” response to John Palfrey at the Fredric M. Miller Memorial Lecture, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012.
“Aubade: The Soul and Body of a Library,” Digital Public Library of America plenary meeting, Washington, DC, October 2011.
“Imagine a National Digital Library: I Wonder If We Can,” keynote, Electronic Resources and Libraries, Austin, TX, March 2011.
“Plied with Cheese No More: New Metaphors for the University in a Digital Future,” The Digital and the Human(ities), symposium, Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies 2010-2011, University of Texas, Austin, TX, March 2011.
Training Humanists in the Digital Age, panel, Knowledge Futures Spring 2010 Forum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, April 2010.
Co-host of Digital Campus podcast, digitalcampus.tv, 2010-2015.
Co-instructor, “Jumpstarting Digital Humanities Projects,” workshop, Digital Humanities 2018, Mexico City, June 2018.
Co-presenter, “Resilient Networks for Inclusive Digital Humanities,” Digital Humanities 2017, Montréal, Canada, August 2017.
“Millay and Her Books,” Things My Computer Taught Me About Poems (panel organizer), special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, January 2014.
“Email is Made of Women,” Alt-Ac Work and Gender: It’s Not Plan B, special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, January 2014.
“Introduction to Omeka,” Two Tools for Student-Generated Digital Projects: WordPress and Omeka in the Classroom, special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA, January 2013.
Panel remarks, Large Digital Libraries: Beyond Google Books, special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, January 2012.
Panel remarks, Infinite Jest and the Internet (panel organizer), South by Southwest Interactive, Austin, TX, March 2011.
“Your Twitter Followers and Facebook Friends Won’t Read Your Peer-Reviewed Article If They Have to Pay for It, and Neither Will Strangers,” The Open Professoriate on the Social Web, special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, January 2011.
Panel remarks, Labor in the Digital Humanities, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, January 2011.
Wosh, Peter and Amanda French, “Digital History Across the Curriculum,” Digital Humanities (ACH/ALLC) Conference, College Park, MD, June 2009.
“From Horse and Buggy to Hovercraft: My Research Before and After Google Book Search,” The Library of Google: Researching Scanned Books, SHARP special session, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, December 2008.
Panel remarks, Hybrid Cyber-Librarians: The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship, (panel organizer), Association for Computers and the Humanities / Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing Annual Conference, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2005.
“The Provincial Patriotism of ‘In Flanders Fields,’ ” South Central Modern Language Association Conference, Houston, TX, 2005.
“The Villanelle 1574–2005,” Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2005.
“Return to ‘Villanelle of the Temptress,’ ” North American James Joyce Conference, Ithaca, NY, 2005.
“Othering Poetic Form Through Translation,” American Literary Translators Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2004.
French, Amanda and Quang P. Nguyen, “The ‘Good’ Metric is Pretty Bad: Why It’s Hard to Count the People Who Have Recovered from COVID-19,” The COVID Tracking Project Analysis & Updates, 2021-01-13. Adapted as “We Don’t Know How Many People Have Recovered From COVID-19,” The Atlantic, 2021-01-14.
Bradley, Jonathan et al., “Creation of a Library Tour Application for Mobile Equipment Using IBeacon Technology,” The Code4Lib Journal 32, 2016-04-25.
French, Amanda et al., “How We Went from Worst Practices to Best Practices, and Became Happier in the Process,” The Code4Lib Journal 32, 2016-04-25.
French, Amanda. “My Scandalous Future in Libraries.” Re:Thinking Blog, Council on Library and Information Resources, 2015-07-07.
Fitzpatrick, Kathleen et al., “Voices: Twitter at Conferences,” edited contribution in Hacking the Academy: A Book Crowdsourced in One Week, eds. Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt, University of Michigan Press, 2013.
“Knowledge Under Pressure,” review of Too Big to Know by David Weinberger, Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy September 2012.
Watson, Amanda, Amanda French, Patricia Hswe, and Christa Williford, “Of Hybrarians, Scholar-Librarians, Academic Refugees, and Feral Professionals,” in #Alt-Academy: Alternate Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars, ed. Bethany Nowviskie, MediaCommons 2011.
“The Binary Hero” and other articles, HiLobrow, blog, eds. Joshua Glenn and Matthew Battles, since 2010.
“Edmund Gosse and the Stubborn Villanelle Blunder,” Victorian Poetry 48:2 (Summer 2010): 243-66.
“The First Villanelle: A New Translation of Jean Passerat’s ‘J’ay perdu ma Tourterelle’ (1574),” Meridian 12 (Fall/Winter 2003): 30-37.
“ ‘A Strangely Useless Thing’: Iseult Gonne and Yeats,” Yeats Eliot Review: A Journal of Criticism and Scholarship, 19:2 (2002 Aug): 13-24.
Creating Digital History, graduate course, New York University, fall 2009 (with Peter Wosh).
The Victorian Period, undergraduate course, North Carolina State University, spring 2007.
Literary Scandals and Controversies, undergraduate Honors course, North Carolina State University, spring 2007.
Victorian Poetry and Critical Prose, graduate course, North Carolina State University, fall 2006.
History of English Literature II, undergraduate course, North Carolina State University, fall 2006.
Academic Research Strategies and Contexts, undergraduate Honors course, North Carolina State University, spring 2007, spring 2006, and spring 2005, (with Karen Ciccone, Megan Oakleaf, and Amy VanScoy).
Masterpieces of English Literature II: Blake to Woolf, undergraduate course, University of Virginia, spring 2000.
Advanced Academic Writing: Analyzing Popular Culture, undergraduate course, University of Virginia, spring 2000.
Studies in Poetry, undergraduate course, University of Virginia, spring 1999.
Introduction to Composition, undergraduate course, University of Virginia, spring 1998, spring 1996, and fall 1995.
Special Topics in Literature: Growing Up in Fiction, undergraduate course, University of Virginia, spring 1997.
Review Board, The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 2012-present.
Editorial Board, Archive Journal, 2011-present.
Reviewer, Digital Humanities conference, 2009-present.
Advisory Board, CORE Open Access Repository, 2015-2017.
Grant Proposal Reviewer, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2016.
Program Committee, Digital Library Federation Fall Forum, 2010, 2016.
Outreach Working Group, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, 2011-2013.
Advisory Board, Drexel University Legacy Center Digital History Toolkit, 2010-2012.
Grant Proposal Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, 2009.
PHP, (X)HTML, CSS; TEI, SGML, XML.
UNIX, Linux, Mac, Windows; emacs, nano, vim, regex, Markdown; git, GitHub.
Contentful, WordPress, Omeka, MediaWiki, DSpace, Scalar, OJS, some Drupal.
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Audacity, GarageBand, iMovie, Peak, Morae, Camstudio.
Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, Zotero, EndNote, research databases.
Jira, Basecamp, Trello, Slack, Skype, WebEx, Zoom.
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Docs, Open Office, iLife.
Spoken and written French; some German, Spanish.
Ph.D., English, U of Virginia.
M.A., English, concentration in Women’s Studies, U of Virginia.
B.A., English, cum laude English, cum laude Arts and Sciences, U of Colorado at Boulder.