Tuesday Job Roundup

Digital Humanities Developer – Carnegie Mellon University

The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and CMU’s Digital Scholarship Center (dSHARP) seeks an experienced Digital Humanities (DH) Developer to collaborate on experimental interdisciplinary projects.

This hire is part of a long-term initiative to foster digital humanities research at CMU. The DH Developer will work alongside researchers from Dietrich and elsewhere to plan and implement digital humanities projects, from statistical analyses of millions of legal documents to websites that crowdsource grammars of endangered languages. Located in CMU Libraries and under the supervision of CMU Library’s Program Director of Digital Humanities, the developer will be a generalist who can start up faculty projects into functioning prototypes capable of securing their own funding and external development support.

The position emphasizes rapid, iterative deployment and the ability to learn new techniques on the job. Although a willingness to learn quickly will be valued over experience in specific skills, the DH Developer can expect to work with full-stack of technologies intersecting data science and web development, such as Python or R; Jupyter Notebooks; Shiny (R) or D3.js; JSON or XML; NoSQL or MongoDB; and Ruby on Rails, Flask, or Django. Experience with digital humanities or computational social sciences is also beneficial, such as work with machine learning, GIS, or computational linguistics.

The DH developer will work with clients and the Program Director of Digital Humanities to determine achievable short-term prototypes in web development or data analysis/presentation, and will be responsible for implementing the technical aspects of these goals in a timely fashion, completing approximately four large projects per year. The developer may also be responsible for supervising students or short-term programmers in pursuit of these projects. The DH developer will play a role in decision-making and will be credited as a co-author on projects to which they extensively contribute.

Long-term projects will make up 80% of the developer’s time; the rest will be dedicated to short consultations with faculty and students, and R&D collaborations of the developer’s choosing. The ideal candidate will be self-directed and able to multitask. This is a permanent staff position.

Please submit a cover letter, phone numbers and email addresses for two references, a résumé or cv, and a page describing how your previous work fits the job, including links to your github account or other relevant previous work examples.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in humanities computing, digital humanities, informatics, computer science, related field, or equivalent combination of training and experience. (i.e. Four years of experience developing for digital humanities, computational social science, data science, or the modern web may be substituted for education.)
  • At least one year of experience in modern web development and/or data science, preferably in a research and development team setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of modern machine learning and web development languages and environments, such as (but not specifically) some combination of Ruby on Rails, Relational Databases or NoSQL (MongoDB, Cassandra, etc.), MV* & JavaScript (including D3.js & Node), PHP, HTML5, Python/R, as well as familiarity with open source project development. Some system administration, such as Ansible and Docker.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in digital humanities, computational social science, informatics, or data science. Coursework in data visualization, machine learning, statistics, or MVC web applications.
  • Three or more years at the intersection of web development/deployment and machine learning (e.g. data journalism or digital humanities) in an Agile software environment. Familiarity with Kanban and version control.
  • Assesses client needs and offers creative research or publication solutions.
  • Any combination of GIS, NLTK, statistical models, ABMs, web scraping, mahout/hadoop, network analysis, data visualization, RESTful services, testing frameworks, XML, HPC.

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Head of Scholarly Communications – Emory Libraries

The Emory Libraries seek a dynamic professional to lead the Scholarly Communications Office.  The ideal candidate will join a collaborative team of two librarians and two paraprofessionals and provide leadership in planning and managing all aspects of scholarly communications.  The Scholarly Communications Office website (https://sco.library.emory.edu) and the Research Data website (http://researchdata.emory.edu) provide information on the various services offered to Emory faculty and students.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications, the Head of Scholarly Communications leads the Scholarly Communications Office (SCO) and has leadership, management, policy, planning, and advocacy responsibilities for scholarly communications for all Emory libraries, including promoting scholarly repositories and scholarly communications services to the Emory community.   Scholarly communications advocacy and services include contributing to the evolution of scholarly publishing and research data management practices in the academy; copyright guidance, advocacy and policy development for the creation, use, and re-use of content in all formats; open access advocacy and policy development, including management of funds to promote open access publishing and open data distribution; and promoting open access and data repositories in support of the library’s and university’s educational and research mission.

As lead for scholarly communications outreach, responsibilities include advocating for and promoting the use of Emory open access repositories, seeking out contributors, publicizing the repositories benefits and uses, and working collaboratively within Libraries & Information Technology Services (LITS) on the integration of OpenEmory with Emory FIRST, a campus faculty profiling system.  The Head of Scholarly Communications will maintain a strong level of competence in scholarly communications issues such as open access, open data, open education initiatives, and new forms of assessment for publication, research, and scholarly impact. The ideal candidate ensures the Emory Libraries actively participate in collaborative programs and services within the library field at the local, state, regional, national, and international level in advancement of library services, collections, and programs.

Position Duties

  • Lead and set direction for scholarly communication services and personnel by setting program goals, policies, best practices, and assessment metrics for program success and sustainability.
  • Serve as the primary liaison from the Library to the schools, colleges, and departments and university committees in the area of scholarly communication; seeks to promote and advance the library’s role in the academic community; and is an advocate and spokesperson to faculty and students with respect to issues, policies, and trends in scholarly communication.
  • Serve as a member of the management team for the Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications division.
  • Coordinate and promote the use of scholarly repositories at Emory, currently OpenEmory, ETDs, and Dataverse, to the Emory community through various means of outreach and by creating and maintaining resources on the repositories, open access, and open data.
  • Coordinate and work with subject librarians/liaisons/informationists in all libraries to provide support to faculty in all disciplines with self-archiving materials in OpenEmory, including through Emory FIRST.
  • Work with LITS staff to integrate repository services into the research process, including integration of OpenEmory with Emory FIRST, a campus faculty profiling system.
  • Coordinate and work with subject librarians/liaisons/informationists in all libraries to provide guidance to faculty and students on how to assess and increase research impact, promoting tools such as ORCID, Altmetric scores, and OpenEmory downloads, among others.
  • Coordinate and work with subject specialists/liaisons/informationists in all libraries to provide services to faculty to assess open access journals for impact and evidence of publication rigor, or help faculty discover new outlets for their research.
  • Participate in the open and affordable textbook initiative to raise awareness among faculty of alternatives to traditional textbooks purchased by students.
  • Work with the Research Data Librarian and other librarians to promote data management services amongst faculty, students, and staff, and to solicit feedback from researchers about data management needs.
  • Serve on committees and participates in the Digital Library Program (DLP) as appropriate, including planning and implementing the integration of existing scholarly repositories (OpenEmory, ETDs and Dataverse) into the DLP.
  • Provide strategy and prioritization for the repository services offered through OpenEmory and Emory FIRST, ETDs, and Dataverse.
  • Work with the Scholarly Repository Application Support Analyst, the Scholarly Repository Library Specialist, and DLP staff on developing workflow and repository services, as well as bug fixes and other software support issues to ensure proper functioning of OpenEmory and ETDs.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Participate in appropriate professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, and workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.
  • Maintain up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintaining general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
  • Adhere to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing Librarian Series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank.
  • Participate in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with appropriate teaching experience and/or library experience).
  • Demonstrated knowledge in at least two service areas offered by the Scholarly Communications Office; copyright, institutional repositories, open access and open education, and research data management.
  • Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with library staff, faculty and students, off campus faculty and administrators, campus administrators, etc.
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision, including hiring, orienting, training and development, organizing workloads, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, coaching and counseling, and taking disciplinary action as necessary. Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative as a supervisor in order to accomplish departmental, library, and institutional goals.
  • Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget and in accordance with task/project parameters.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, or other productivity software.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
  • Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a major research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in academic libraries, higher education, and relevant subject disciplines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in scholarly communications in the academy.
  • Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.
  • Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Demonstrated awareness of scholarly communications issues and trends.
  • Project management experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in digital initiatives and technologies as they apply to repositories and scholarly communications.

Additional Details

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online.

Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:

  1. Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;
  2. Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and
  3. On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor. 

Candidates applying by May 28th will receive priority consideration.  Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.

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College Fellows in Media Practice – Harvard University

The Division of Arts and Humanities at Harvard is seeking applications for three College Fellow positions in media practice. The College Fellows will work individually and collectively to advance media practice, art, and the public humanities across the Division. Each College Fellow will have a departmental appointment, with one College Fellow appointed in each of the following units: the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, the Department of English, and the undergraduate concentration in Theater, Dance and Media.

Teaching duties will include one course each term: one undergraduate course and one course open to both graduate students and undergraduates. 25% of the appointment will be dedicated to divisional and cross-departmental outreach and initiatives, possibly including the creation of a digital platform for the publication of innovative work in the arts and humanities, and 25% of the appointment will be reserved for the Fellow’s own research or creative work. Fellows may also advise and evaluate undergraduate senior theses, and doctoral students pursuing a secondary field in Critical Media Practice (cmp.gsas.harvard.edu).

Ideal candidates could be (1) artists working in innovative ways with media, new and old, including the internet, 3D printing, interactive digital art, video games, sound art, virtual and augmented reality, computer robotics and animation, and analogue film and photography; (2) artist-scholars whose work and teaching integrate media in live, embodied performance (including dance), create mediated performance art with social and political themes, and sculpt social space through video, sound, and movement; (3) writers and teachers working at the intersection of media theory and the public humanities, who experiment with web-based publication and the digital expression of history, criticism, and theory; and/or (4) web designers and software developers whose work engages experimentally with the digital humanities and arts. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates whose creative work and teaching engages perspectives from beyond the United States alone.

Terminal degree in a field relevant to the departments above (such as MFA or PhD) is required by the start of the 2018-19 academic year, and must have been received no earlier than 2014. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Detailed requirements and information, as well as a link to the online application, are available at http://facultyresources.fas.harvard.edu/college-fellows-program. Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by May 20, 2018.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Associate or Full Professor, Tenure Eligible in Media, Policy and Justice – American University


The School of Communication at American University, Washington, D.C., invites applications for a full-time, tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor beginning August 1, 2019. Applicants should have a PhD in Communication, Media Studies, Science and Technology Studies, or a related field.

Our ideal candidate will be an established thought-leader in the field of Communication or related fields, with a strong record of scholarly publication and/or funding. We are interested in candidates whose research focuses on impact of media or communication on fundamental rights, particularly with regard to marginalized, disenfranchised and traditionally under-represented groups. Furthermore, our ideal candidate will have experience serving as a bridge between these groups and the decisionmakers whose actions affect their lives, using rigorous research to explore existing policies and systems and to advance solutions for some of the many challenges that arise from today’s complex, multifaceted media and communications landscape. We view these issues in the broadest possible terms; candidates may have expertise in subjects such as—but not limited to—internet governance, privacy, accessibility issues, children’s media, migrant or stateless populations, racial and ethnic identity, and LGBTQ communities.

This position is located within the Communication Studies division at SOC, which houses our highly competitive doctoral program, as well as a research-focused undergraduate program and our Masters in Global Media. This position will be vital to advising, mentoring and teaching students within our undergraduate and graduate programs, and will also be integral to the leadership of our graduate programs. Previous experience running a doctoral program or research-intensive masters program is preferred.

Salary and benefits are competitive.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, subject to on-going budgetary approval.  Please submit applications via: http://apply.interfolio.com/50701. Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies of recent published papers or working papers.  Please contact Aisha Green, Faculty Coordinator, 202-885-2133 or aisha@american.edu if you have any questions.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University, visit www.american.edu. Learn more about the School of Communication at http://www.american.edu/soc/.

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.  The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.  American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. AU is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

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