Tiffany Earley-Spadoni, Associate Professor of History, has been awarded the American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR) Membership Service Award. Earley-Spadoni, alongside colleagues Leigh Anne Lieberman (Princeton University) and Melissa Cradic (Open Context/Alexandria Archive Institute), received this award for their exceptional contributions to the ASOR membership through designing and implementing the digital humanities program, “Digging Up Data.”
Initiated in 2021, the program featured free, virtual workshops on data literacy, data curation, and digital storytelling. In 2022 and 2023, the team selected cohorts of early career researchers through a competitive application process, guiding participants in developing digital projects through group and one-on-one mentoring. The culmination of these year-long projects was showcased in two digital scholarship events at the ASOR annual meeting.
Digging Up Data supports early career scholars and advanced graduate students in creating proof-of-concept projects, empowering them to apply for grant funding or future employment opportunities.
Established in 1900, ASOR is a prominent international professional society dedicated to the study of history, archaeology, and cultural heritage in the wider Mediterranean. The ASOR Membership Service Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the organization.
“This award is a testament to the excellence of our faculty and UCF’s commitment to innovative research and education,” said John Sacher, Professor and Interim Chair of the History Department.