Mellon Post-Baccalaureate Fellow
Center for Digital Learning and Research
The Center for Digital Learning and Research (CDL+R) at Occidental College offers a one-year Mellon Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship focusing on visual argumentation and interactive or pervasive modes of learning. The Mellon Post-Bac will explore the implications of emerging technologies, working closely with CDL+R staff and Occidental College faculty and students on a variety of digital and experiential projects.
We seek a recent college graduate who can serve as a catalyst in experimental scholarly work being conducted at Occidental at the intersection of information, technology, and social spaces. The successful candidate will contribute to investigations of transformative learning, support CDL+R initiatives for developing digital media scholarship at Occidental College, and advocate for these projects in their interactions with students and faculty.
Requirements for the position include a Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from an accredited institution. Major and minor are not specified, but disciplines of preferred study include political science, world affairs, history, languages and literatures, music, psychology, cognitive science, media studies, geography, sociology, philosophy, and religious and/or cultural studies. Desirable qualities include: prior experience in interdisciplinary academic contexts, design experience and aptitude, and specialized knowledge of tools, platforms and methods for data visualization and/or game-based learning.
- Assist in the development and implementation of a custom-designed web application and media installation for a major new center at Occidental College for the study of global affairs, politics and foreign language area studies.
- Assist in the planning and implementation of a pervasive game to develop digital media fluencies amongst Occidental College students.
- Work with faculty and students across the curriculum to help them learn and adopt new ways of incorporating digital content and technologies into their teaching and learning.
- Develop and conduct training sessions, workshops, and a speaker series around topics of techno-pedagogy, new modes of digital scholarship and publishing, and the development, use, and assessment of digital content and technologies in instruction and research.
Occidental’s Center for Digital Learning and Research
Occidental College is in the midst of an ambitious, forward-looking effort to re-imagine its library space and services as an Academic Commons, a scholastic environment that makes visible the institution’s commitments as a 21st century liberal arts and sciences college. A key element in this transformation is the Center for Digital Learning+Research, a campus center designed to enable useful connections among digital content, technologies, and services to support teaching, learning, research, and new types of scholarly work for faculty and students. The Mellon-funded Post-Baccalaureate Fellow is expected to demonstrate and support modes of innovative learning that will help shape and define the Academic Commons.
The center supports faculty in the exploration of new pedagogies and practices, in the use of course management systems and classroom technologies, and in exploration and development of incubator programs, web tools, e-publishing and digital collections. The professional staff actively creates connections among faculty, students and partners beyond College boundaries to foster exploration, experimentation and innovation, especially in new applications of digital technologies to scholarly work.
About the College:
Occidental College is in Eagle Rock, a neighborhood in the northeastern corner of the city of Los Angeles. The College offers a unique combination of a rigorous academic program, intimate scale, a diverse student body, and all the resources of Los Angeles. An interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to the liberal arts takes place in a close-knit community of excellent teacher-scholars and involved students that focus on creativity, academic accomplishment, civic engagement and making a difference.
Occidental’s location in a world city on the Pacific Ocean and near the mountains and deserts of Southern California offers ready access to the broadest array of activities and proximity to internationally important libraries and museums, not the least of which are the Huntington Library, the Getty Center, the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, Cal Tech, and the Claremont Colleges.
In addition to a letter of interest, which should address how to best foster digital scholarship projects tied to visual argumentation and pervasive modes of learning in the context of a liberal arts college, please include a current resume and three references (confidential letters of recommendation encouraged).