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Assistant Director of Digital Humanities and Undergraduate Learning

Employer
University of Florida
Location
Gainesville, Florida
Salary
Competitive , includes benefits package

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The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Lecturer, beginning Spring 2024, for the position of Assistant Director of Digital Humanities and Undergraduate Learning. This is a nine-month, non-tenure-accruing position to be renewed on a year-to-year basis, contingent on funding.

As a key part of the Center’s intellectual life, the Assistant Director of Digital Humanities and Undergraduate Learning will develop and oversee a suite of curricular programs, workshops, and events that expand opportunities for and engagement with the digital humanities for faculty and students.  The Assistant Director will work to foster collaborations with industry and thought-leaders in order to connect the work of humanities research and increase impact beyond UF. The Assistant Director will also coordinate opportunities for undergraduates by way of the Alexander Grass Humanities Undergraduate Research Fund, including building infrastructure to support humanistic undergraduate research and administering programming in CHPS and beyond.

Duties will include:

--Designing, coordinating, and delivering undergraduate and graduate courses and workshops in the digital humanities; coordinating with other relevant units (such as the UF Smathers Libraries) in order to develop course offerings; possibly working toward developing an undergraduate minor and graduate certificate in the digital humanities;

--Developing and administering programming surrounding undergraduate research in the humanities; collaborating with faculty and units across campus to source humanities-focused research projects for undergraduates, particularly but not solely in the area of the digital humanities;

--Seeking programmatic grants (e.g., NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants) in collaboration with other Center faculty and staff and other units across campus;

--Staying abreast of national and international trends in the digital humanities in order to ensure relevant and innovative curricula and programming;

--Supporting and facilitating wide-ranging technological engagement across the humanities and other units in the university (for example in the arts, social sciences, and the libraries);

--Developing resources, procedures, and productive workflows at UF that support digital humanities projects and multidisciplinary collaboration around those projects; offering workshops to introduce faculty to the tools and methods of the digital humanities; consulting with faculty and students to help envision, scope, plan, and execute digital projects.

Founded in 2005, the University of Florida Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere supports a diverse field of scholars across Florida’s oldest, land-grant, and most comprehensive research university with an array of funding opportunities, public programs, working groups, and grant-writing services. The Center has three interrelated purposes: (1) to facilitate and promote the research programs of humanities scholars at UF, (2) to provide an intellectual and physical space for critical and collaborative discussions of the humanities beyond individual disciplines, and (3) to provide a place for outreach to our community. For further information about the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, see: www.humanities.ufl.edu.

UF is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings), and 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

EXPECTED SALARY

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Employment Benefits include:

Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.

Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, parental leave, and leave payouts.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

A Ph.D. (preferably in a humanities field, completed by time of appointment)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • One to three years of experience in one or more of the following areas:  non-profit organizations, professional development workshops, public-facing writing, or cultural awareness and/or diversity initiatives;
  • Advanced coursework in the digital and/or public humanities;
  • Teaching and/or mentorship experience with students in higher education;
  • Experience creating partnerships between higher education and non-academic entities. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

INSTRUCTIONS

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online: University of Florida - Details - Assistant Director of Digital Humanities and Undergraduate Learning - Lecturer (CHPS) (ufl.edu)

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's experience, qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a vision statement on digital humanities (max. 1 page), (4) one example of a digital humanities student course or faculty workshop or a related program, and (5) the names and email addresses of three references must be provided. An email may be sent to your references at a later time, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet. We invite at least one letter to speak to non-academic qualifications.

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 15, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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