The Center for Digital Learning + Research at Occidental College offers a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship focused on digital scholarship.
Joining a team of professionals and postdocs, our fellow will be expected to explore the scholarly implications of emergent technologies through their own continued research and teaching, and by working closely with Occidental faculty and our Scholarship Technology team to foster innovative digital scholarship projects at the College. Areas of disciplinary specialization are open, but might include history, history of art, psychology, cognitive science, literature, geography, sociology, philosophy, political science, information studies, science and technology studies, and/or cultural studies. Scholars with broad interdisciplinary concerns are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience in data visualization, code writing, and active participation in digital scholarship communities will be favored.
We are looking for a scholar who can critically engage issues related to the intersection of information, technology, and scholarship, ideally in a manner that explores the possibility for computational thinking at Occidental. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to guide Occidental’s engagement with digital scholarship by developing digital tools and services, advocating for transformative scholarly practices, and working with faculty and staff on scholarly projects enhanced by digital materials, social networks, and other emergent technologies. Our postdoctoral scholars function in a hybrid capacity, operating both in the classroom and on broader institutional and regional digital scholarship projects. Depending on departmental needs and each fellow’s interests, fellows will have the opportunity to teach in either a first-year seminar through the College’s Cultural Studies Program or a departmental course. The Center for Digital Learning + Research expects that fellows will continue to keep up with disciplinary research and professionalization, and will support these efforts with limited travel funding and up to twenty-percent research time for projects that explore personal research interests and are likely to help shape the mission and work of the CDLR.
Our fellow will share in a set of responsibilities that include the following:
1. Collaborate on the design, development, and delivery of an annual Faculty Digital Scholarship Institute, including subsequent post-institute collaboration on select project.
2. Design and develop digital scholarship projects. Such projects might be developed collaboratively, and could focus on data visualization, mobile devices, geographic information systems, social media, data mining, interactive design, simulation and gaming, or something we haven’t thought of yet.
3. Develop and conduct training sessions, workshops, and a speaker series around topics of techno-pedagogy, new modes of scholarly communication, and related developments in digital scholarship. Think hands-on, tinkering with technology.
4. Consult with faculty across the disciplines to help them learn and adopt new ways of incorporating digital content and technologies into their teaching and research.
5. Assist in the center’s effort to explore and support the open access publishing of faculty and student work, including assisting faculty with the development of e-journals and building a platform that highlights student scholarship.
6. Help to expand Occidental's network of regional, national, global, and consortial ties in order to provide-next-generation publishing venues, teaching tools, and collaborative opportunities for Occidental College students and faculty.
Occidental's Center for Digital Learning and Research
Operating as a research and design team within the Scholarship Technology group at Occidental College, the Center for Digital Learning + Research enhances teaching, learning, research, and scholarly work at Occidental by helping faculty and students integrate these activities with emergent technologies and services. The CDLR’s Mellon Postdoctoral fellows lead and partner with faculty on research projects that incorporate advanced technologies, especially on projects that require technological engagements beyond those services regularly supported by Occidental’s Information Technology and Instruction + Research groups. The CDLR currently focuses on projects and practices that experiment with forms of public scholarship, model more open forms of scholarly communication, or take advantage of new learning spaces.
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, small size, 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.
Salary and Benefits
The Fellow will be considered a regular (12-month) employee of Occidental College with a salary of $50,000 plus the standard benefits and leave accrued by employees, as well as limited relocation expense support.
In addition to a letter of interest, which should address how to best foster digital scholarship projects tied to teaching and learning in the context of a liberal arts college, please include a current CV and three confidential letters of recommendation.
Application Deadline: Application review will begin on January 3rd. For full consideration, please submit your materials by January 15th. Electronic submissions are preferred, and we understand if letters of support arrive after letters of interest. We are primarily interested in candidates who can start at Occidental at some point between January 1 and July 1, 2012.
For Submissions and More Information Contact:
Director, Center for Digital Learning and Research
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041