The Bard College Experimental Humanities initiative recently announced that they received a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation to support their curricular and faculty growth. As part of their grant they will be visiting other DH programs around the country to discuss how to structure initiatives and practices. Having learned that we just received our own Mellon grant, some of the Experimental Humanities faculty are looking forward to visiting the 5Cs next spring. Curriculum structure, student and faculty projects, and workshops will be on the agenda, as well as discussion about new ways to integrate DH into academic life. For more information about the Experimental Humanities program at Bard College, or to learn about the positions they have available there, visit http://eh.bard.edu/.
Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to join an accomplished team of faculty librarians and a budding community of DH scholars. Under the auspices of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries, the Fellow’s work is part of a major initiative, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to define and implement a liberal arts college model for digital scholarship and teaching in the arts and humanities. Further, Trinity is in the process of implementing a new curriculum, which includes a “digital literacy” component required of all students. Our goal is to have digital literacy developed across the curriculum, including disciplines that are still growing their definitions of digital scholarship, learning, and teaching. Undergraduate research is also an emphasis at Trinity, and this position will have the opportunity to work closely with talented, research-oriented undergraduates.
Responsibilities of the Fellow will include:
● working with the Mellon Initiative and Library faculty to formulate policies, manage projects, identify content and develop training to support an expanded and sustainable DH program
● investigating and evaluating emerging tools and technologies related to DH research
● holding individual and group DH research training and informational sessions for faculty, staff, and students
● helping individual faculty members to develop and implement digital projects
● assisting faculty members with the integration of DH methodologies into existing and/or new academic courses.
● continuing his or her own DH research; participating in the undergraduate research programs at Trinity
● possibly teaching one class per semester
The Fellow will collaborate with librarians and with the faculty steering committee of the Mellon Initiative in allocating time and expertise to projects.
● Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in a humanistic discipline after January 1, 2010, but before beginning the fellowship in July 2015.
● Experience in the use and application of one or more DH methodologies (e.g., visualization, text-mining, text-encoding, GIS, network analysis, database design, digital editions) for creating and transmitting scholarship.
● Ability to work in interdisciplinary humanities environments.
● Demonstrated ability to articulate the opportunities of digital research to scholars in the humanities.
● Excellent oral and written communication skills.
● Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
● Demonstrated digital project management experience.
● Knowledge of open scholarship trends, resources, and applications.
● Programming experience.
● Teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
This is a two-year full-time position with benefits, including vacation days, sick leave, and health insurance. The successful candidate must attend a one- to two-week introductory seminar in July/August 2015. To assist with the Fellow’s professional development, the Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the College’s new faculty orientation and mentoring programs. Annual salary commensurate with other postdoctoral appointments. In addition, the Fellow will receive a research and travel fund.
About Trinity University
Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution characterized by a demanding curriculum, distinguished faculty, and exceptionally bright students. Trinity is located in what Will Rogers called one of America’s four unique cities. Combining Old World charm, a multicultural heritage, and numerous cultural and historical attractions, San Antonio is a friendly, affordable, enchanting city in which to live and work. Additional information can be found at: http://new.trinity.edu
To apply: Please follow the instructions on the following link: http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants
HathiTrust Research Center Digital Humanities Specialist
(Visiting Academic Professional)
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Library
Position available immediately. This is a full-time visiting academic professional appointment in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, funded for two years with the possibility of renewal or being made permanent.
Duties and Responsibilities
The University of Illinois Library conducts a variety of activities in support of digital humanities scholarship, including creation, delivery, curation and preservation of a wide variety of types of digital assets and tools. In particular, its partnership in the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) with Indiana University – Bloomington and the University of Illinois’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science requires a robust support infrastructure for facilitating researchers’ access and use of textual corpora from the HathiTrust Digital Library. The University of Illinois Library aims to become an exemplar of research support for textual analysis and data visualization in the HathiTrust community.
Reporting to the English and Digital Humanities Librarian, the Visiting HTRC Digital Humanities Specialist will assist with the development of training and outreach initiatives in support of libraries who wish to start their own HTRC research services as well as researchers working with the Hathi Trust Research Center. Responsibilities will include planning, implementation and continuous design and development of training materials and educational workshops (both face-to-face and remote) and outreach activities in support of the usage of HTRC tools and datasets. The successful candidate will focus on supporting the development of HTRC research services at HathiTrust member institutions, and will collaborate with public services and data services librarians at HathiTrust member institutions on developing support services for digital humanities research with HTRC corpus. The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of instructional design, and will be able to develop effective and engaging resources for librarians to use with researchers. The specialist will work closely with the English and Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Illinois Library to develop research data services for the humanities, with particular emphasis on the HTRC corpus and tools.
The specialist will spend up to 20 percent of their time on the support of research work with the HTRC. Examples of currently supported digital humanities projects involving the HTRC corpus include a text mining project of eighteenth-century novels for changes in dialect; a text mining project to search HT volumes for n-grams related to technology ; a comparative literature textual analysis project; and topic modeling of twentieth-century texts for depictions of African-American women. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to the work of the Scholarly Commons in helping to articulate the relationship between new technologies and humanities scholarship to the community of humanists; and in advising teaching faculty on the usage of digitized textual corpora and providing technical support for use of analytical tools. The scope and responsibilities will evolve in accordance with priorities established by the Library and HathiTrust community.
As an Academic Professional employee, the Digital Humanities Research Specialist is encouraged to use “investigation time” to pursue areas of his or her interest, not directly in support of an immediate program need, in accordance with the University Library’s policy on Investigation Time for Academic Professional Employees. Some investigations that originate in this manner may evolve into regular work assignments or production activities.
- Bachelor’s degree in a humanities discipline or information science field, and two years of experience working in a related field
- demonstrated experience in instructional design and in providing workshops or other instruction
- effective oral and written communication skills in a variety of modes
- knowledge of or experience with one of more of the technologies used to support text mining, topic modeling, or, such as R and related analysis tools
- the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment
- excellent organizational skills and a demonstrable ability to manage multiple priorities
- familiarity with content management systems and website management
- the ability to remain conversant with newly evolving technologies.
- Master’s degree in a humanities field, information science, or related discipline
- experience with technologies for distance and remote learning
- experience in planning and implementing programs or services
- experience working with metadata encoded in one or more of the following schemas: MARC, MODS, METS, TEI
- familiarity with linked open data and semantic web technologies
- knowledge of or experience with digital preservation strategies
- experience in writing grant proposals.
Campus & Community
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at www.illinois.edu. The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit:
http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html or http://www.ccchamber.org/.
Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience and credentials.
To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.
DEADLINE: in order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 5, 2014.
Bard College, Faculty Searches, Division of Languages and Literature
Experimental Humanities Digital Projects Coordinator
Bard College’s Experimental Humanities Initiative seeks a Digital Projects Coordinator to help faculty and students develop scholarly, pedagogical, and artistic projects using a variety of platforms and oversee the administrative work of the Experimental Humanities Initiative. The successful candidate will bring her/his research interests into dialogue with other EH projects, and will teach one “practice-rich” course per year. More information about the position.
Digital Scholar – Position Announcement
Whittier College, a 4-year liberal arts college in Southern California seeks to hire its first digital scholar. This dynamic and enthusiastic candidate will help create and manage a newly remodeled collaborative digital workspace to be housed in the campus Library. The digital scholar will guide a team of faculty, students and technology specialists to support individual and campus-wide digital initiatives. We are particularly interested in a scholar who can inspire and implement the College’s commitment to innovative pedagogies associated with digital technologies. A generous Andrew Mellon Foundation grant of $750,000 provides bridge funding to create this permanent position.
• Promote the innovative and evolving use of technology to advance the liberal arts curriculum at Whittier College
• Research and lead development initiatives to identify emerging technologies, industry trends and best practices that are appropriate to the College’s environment
• Promote and support the use of digital technologies to enhance hybrid learning, the use of web-based collaboration tools, mobile learning technologies and games and simulations in multi-user virtual environments
• Serve as a liaison to faculty, informing them about options to integrate technology into their pedagogies
• Promote the conceptualization, design, development, and assessment of scholarly digital projects
• Coordinate training opportunities for faculty to increase their understanding and awareness of established and emerging technologies
• Engage faculty and students in collaborative scholarship and the creation of knowledge using emerging digital technologies
• Advance collaboration with other other colleges, including efforts to expand undergraduate research
• Be knowledgeable in the production of audio and video content in support of teaching and learning, and digital media, electronic media presentation, production, and distribution tools
• Teach an annual course in your area of specialization, after year one
• Participate in campus governance committee work, after year one
• Graduate degree in a Humanities field (PhD preferred)
• Evidence of successfully created and managed digital projects
• Successful work experience with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and with various levels of technical expertise.
• Relevant experience working in higher education
• Active involvement in academic communities related to digital scholarship (NITLE, EDUCAUSE, HASTAC)
• Demonstrated effectiveness in a teaching environment
• Sophisticated understanding of digital projects and publishing
• Familiar with digital repositories
• Conversant with digital methodologies, geographic information systems, data visualization and other modes of digital scholarship
• Exceptional organizational, presentation, project management, interpersonal and communication skills
• Works effectively across disciplines
• Working knowledge of Learning Management Systems (Moodle preferred)
To be considered for this position, please email your CV with cover letter, three references and salary history in a single PDF file to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be reviewed beginning December 10th, and will be accepted until the position is filled. The start date for this position is open for negotiation, but preferably will begin by Spring, 2014.
Whittier College is a nationally recognized, selective, independent liberal arts college with a diverse student body of approximately 1600 undergraduates and is distinguished by its small size and innovative interdisciplinary programs. The campus is located on a 95-acre hillside18 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. We have a long history of commitment to equity, reflecting our Quaker origins, and our student body mirrors the diversity of the region. We are an official Hispanic-Serving Institution and have had two Title V grants. Our faculty, committed teacher-scholars, weave issues of diversity into their work with students. We seek to attract and retain a highly qualified and diverse faculty (AA/EO).
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).