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How to Affiliate


The Digital Studies Institute offers two ways for U-M Faculty to affiliate themselves with us. 


General Faculty Affiliate

DSI Faculty Affiliates are non-voting Tenured and Tenure-Track faculty, Lecturers, Postdocs, and Staff who teach or conduct research in the field of Digital Studies, and are not required to provide service to the Institute. Affiliate Faculty members do not have voting rights in the Digital Studies Institute. However, Affiliate Faculty members may be invited to join an ad hoc committee if they have specific expertise that would be valuable. Affiliate Faculty members are welcome to apply for Governing Faculty status at any time. Faculty Affiliates are invited to all DSI faculty meetings and community events and will be asked to present one research-in-progress talk as part of our Research Colloquium in their first or second year.

Governing Faculty

DSI Governing Faculty are voting Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty and Lecturers with courtesy (0% effort or line-weight) appointments in the Institute. Governing faculty consists of appointments extended at the discretion of the DSI Executive Committee. Governing Faculty have voting rights on issues related to hiring, curriculum, and governance in the Digital Studies Institute appropriate to their seniority or rank. Governing faculty may be given service assignments on committees in consultation with the faculty member's home unit to ensure a transparent and reasonable workload. Administrative Leadership will come from the Governing Faculty member ranks. Governing Faculty members will also be asked to present one 10-minute research-in-progress talk at our Research in Beta series in their first or second year.


How to Apply

To be considered for Faculty Affiliate or Governing Faculty member with the DSI, please fill out our Digital Studies Faculty Affiliate Application to provide some basic information, including areas of research and a current CV. Your application will be reviewed by the DSI Executive Committee, and you will be contacted with the result of their decision.

If you have any questions about this form or the review process, please email Eric Mancini, DSI Operations Coordinator, at