In 2018, Humanities Commons honored one of the most time-honored traditions of the season: summer camp. We hosted a virtual summer camp for users old and new. It helped participants to update, build, and achieve an outstanding digital presence through HC. Please check out the discussions from Summer 2018 to see the fantastic work and thought-provoking conversations that our participants took part in last year.

In 2019, we hosted two Humanities Commons Summer Refresh Workshops. These events encouraged you to set aside time to update your digital presence on HC. The group is a space to ask questions, connect with other users, and see the various exciting ways that other scholars use HC to build their presence online.

You can use these materials as you update your presence on the Commons.

Please visit our site for more information and updates:

#HCSummerRefresh: Profiles

5 replies, 3 voices Last updated by Caitlin Duffy 3 years, 11 months ago
Viewing 5 reply threads
  • Author
    • #23591

      Caitlin Duffy

      Welcome to the first round of the Humanities Commons Summer Refresh Workshop, which will run from today, July 8th to Friday, July 12th. Each day, we will focus on a different component of your online professional presence and encourage each other to make any necessary updates. By participating in this workshop, you will give yourself a week set aside to completely refresh your HC account and digital presence. You will also be able to add this workshop to your CV once you’ve completed each of the daily tasks.  If you’re unable to participate this time around, or if you’d like to do it all over again, we will also hold this workshop later this summer, from August 5th to August 9th. If you’re completely new to Humanities Commons, have no fear! I will also link out to the relevant challenges from last year’s summer camp, which was geared more towards new-comers.

      Today we will focus on the Humanities Commons profile page. Take a moment today to make any necessary updates to your page.


      • Do you have any upcoming conferences?
      • Did you recently publish an article?
      • Are you working on a project that you’re ready to share?
      • Do you have a more recent photograph of yourself?
      • Is now a good time to update and refine your short biography?


      You might also want to consider finding more HC accounts to follow. We have new users daily, so it’s like that someone you would want to follow has recently joined. Following other HC users is incredibly helpful to increasing your network and presence. Unlike conferences which typically only happen once a year, HC provides you with the possibility to connect with like-minded academics from around the world any day of the year. By following other users and joining (and actively participating in) Commons groups, you can create a much larger network for yourself. This can be especially handy when you’re putting together an edited volume or panel, or if you’re looking for research guidance or feedback. Networking through the Commons can also be a great way to create more awareness of your own work within your field.

      I personally plan on updating my upcoming conference and publications sections. I also plan to find more accounts to follow, as I haven’t done that in quite some time. If you’re curious, you can check out my profile here.

      We also have a mentor to help guide us through updating and thinking about our HC profile pages! Please welcome Lisa L. Tyler, who completed the Summer Camp last year and has a fantastic profile page. Feel free to visit her profile by clicking her name above- you’re sure to get a lot of inspiration!

      New to HC? Need more help?

      If you’d like more help, tricks, and tips for updating your profile, check out the following links from last year’s HC Summer Camp:



      During this workshop, we will also hold a discussion on this group page. Please respond to this post to discuss the questions below. Feel free to also ask questions of your own!

      • What did you update today? If you’d like, please show off your work by including a link in your response!
      • What do you plan to do in the future to make sure you update your profile? How often should we all commit to updating?
      • What can HC do to improve our profiles? How can we help you update your profile regularly?


      I look forward to seeing all of your updated profile pages and engaging in an exciting conversation with you all today!


      • This topic was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by Caitlin Duffy.
    • #23594

      Lisa L. Tyler

      I recommend updating occasionally throughout the year–I update my page when I just can’t stand to grade one more paper. It’s a really good way to remind yourself of your accomplishments, which can make you feel better about grading those papers after all.

    • #23605

      Lisa L. Tyler

      The easiest way to find people who are working on topics of interest to you is to search for a particular topic and then click “members” under the “filter by” links (these appear on the righthand side of my laptop screen).

      Lisa Tyler

    • #23606

      Charlie Gleek

      Hi folks! Thanks for the thoughtful start to summer camp. While I’ve been working on my profile this summer in preparation for a soft entry onto the job market this fall, I overlooked the value of posting my upcoming conferences and invited workshops for the fall. As we consider the value of our profiles – not only as a showcase but as a tool to connect with other scholars – I’m finding it useful to search for folks on HC who will also be at these conferences.

    • #23610

      Lisa L. Tyler

      Excellent idea! I’m impressed with how much work you’ve uploaded to CORE. Over the next year I hope to work on contacting journals for permission to upload more of my published work.

    • #23620

      Caitlin Duffy

      Thanks, @ltyler and @cgleek, for sharing your thoughts! I really like Lisa’s idea of using time that I may have otherwise used procrastinating on social media on updating my HC profile. I’ll definitely use this method going forward!

      I also agree with Charlie that the upcoming conferences section can be helpful in meeting and connecting with other scholars. I really appreciate the fact that I can search for other HC users going to the same conference as me.

      Yes! I need to upload more of my work to CORE! For some reason, that’s the part of my profile that I tend to slack the most on…

Viewing 5 reply threads
  • Only members can participate in this group's discussions.