2016 – Recipient LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

As PI for the bilateral digital humanities project “Emblematica Online,” Mara Wade has introduced and led “Emblematica Online: Digital Humanities,” a research opportunity for undergraduate students since Spring 2013. In this learning experience a first cohort of students worked with a faculty mentor and transcribed mottos from a Renaissance emblem book; they engaged in a series of digital workflows designed by the research team to associate the motto with its respective emblem in the book. In following semesters, a core cohort of students continued as Emblem Scholars, transcribing mottos, presenting at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and creating a website for their work: http://emblematicaonlineuiuc.wordpress.com/

Currently, students have transcribed the mottos for the digital facsimile of a splendid French emblem manuscript, Montplaisir’s Emblemes et devises morales… (ca. 1680). Together with Hans Brandhorst of Arkyves they are creating Iconcloss metadata for this unique work. This volume is available for research and pedagogy in Emblematica Online. These students have presented about their research with Emblematica Online at the University of Illinois Library and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Co-director with Professor Wolfgang Behringer of the Wolfenbüttel Summer Course at Universität Saarbrucken (August 2011), “Communication and the Culture of the Body in early modern Europe.”

Named Professorship, Maria Goeppert Mayer Visiting Professor for Gender and Women’s Studies, State of Lower Saxony, Germany, for a one-semester visiting appointment at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT), Hannover, Germany. This included teaching four courses; working with two research assistants; participating in a conference organized in my area of research with a published volume of essays; and delivering a public lecture. Nominated by Professor Susanne Rode-Breymann. 15 April-30 July, 200

Mara Wade has also served as a visiting professor at Seminar für deutsche Philologie at the University of Göttingen (1998) and has taught consortium seminars at the Newberry Library, Chicago.


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