#HCSummerRefresh: Day 1

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 our group page. Join the group to participate in our daily discussions! Today, we’re discussing the following questions:

  • 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!