Professor-Tenure System, Director, Digital Humanities

East Lansing, MI
Mar 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Posting Number: 5134

Internal Posting Date: 03-16-2017

Internal Closing Date: 04-25-2017

External Closing Date: 04-25-2017

Review of Applications begins on: 03-30-2017

Job Title: Professor-Tenure System

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Arts and Letters

Primary Department: 40000794 AL DEAN ADMINISTRATION

Position Employee Group: Tenure System Faculty-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Tenure System Faculty

Employment %: 100%


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Position Summary: The College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University invites applications for a literary/media studies scholar, at the level of Professor, to serve as Director of Digital Humanities at Michigan State University. This will be a full time, 12 month position.

The successful candidate will be responsible for 1) advancing excellent digital humanities scholarship and pedagogy in collaboration with departments and disciplines across colleges and with the MSU Library; 2) facilitate the creation and development of innovative curricula on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, with particular attention to the development of scholarly publishing in the digital age and digital scholarship at the doctoral level; 3) managing the College of Arts & Letters graduate practicum in scholarly communication; 4) collaborating with leading-edge DH initiatives at MSU like LEADR in the Department of History in the College of Social Science, Matrix: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, the Digital Humanities Literary Cognition Lab, the Hub for Innovation, and the Digital Scholarship Lab in the University Library.

The Director of Digital Humanities will also support the success of the Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, a signature priority of the College of Arts & Letters to advance the recognized strengths of Michigan State University in the digital arts and humanities through a focus on questions of race, inclusion, cultural preservation, global interconnectedness, and engaged scholarship.
For full description of the Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, see

Digital Humanities at MSU has cultivated a strength in the development of online presence and scholarly communication and the important roles that these elements play in intellectual leadership; the successful candidate will help us to build upon this growing area of expertise.

The Director of Digital Humanities will work in the College of Arts & Letters with a tenure home in the Department of English. The successful candidate will find faculty in the Department of English who foreground scholarly and pedagogical interest in the digital humanities and critical diversity across many subfields, including literature, film studies, creative writing, popular culture, and English education. The English Department also features cross-field areas of study, such as black literature, film, and culture; empire and globalization studies; feminisms, genders, sexualities; film, visual culture, and digital media; modern, contemporary, emergent; and neuro-literary studies.

The Department has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts and Letters' distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

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Desired Qualifications: Demonstrated success building academic networks and scholarly communities online and across campus; an appreciation for and knowledge of open access principles and platforms; a deep understanding of the distinct forms and full range of scholarship that digital humanities entails; experience communicating across disciplines, in particular bridging the literary and the other humanistic disciplines, and the humanities and social sciences; knowledge of DH tools for analysis, including various forms of digital reading, digital archives, data visualization, and electronic literature.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
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Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will begin March 30, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website ( Applications should include a letter expressing interest in this position and describing qualifications and experience, a current curriculum vitae, a sample of work (link or document) in the literary digital humanities and the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees. Contact Stephen Rachman at or (517) 884--1712 with questions.

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MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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