Digital Humanist focused on Technology and Diversity in Historical Context

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 12:00am

San Diego State University seeks a Digital Humanist at the rank of assistant or associate professor who can lead and develop our Area of Excellence in “Digital Humanities and Global Diversity” to pursue and foster intersectional, interdisciplinary, collaborative research, and teaching. (For more information on our Area of Excellence, see We are looking for a humanities scholar who rigorously explores the relationships between media and/or technology and human diversity (with an emphasis on race and ethnicity, including perspectives of the global or transnational) in historical context. This is an innovative and collaborative academic posting, with the selected candidate housed in and teaching for one of the following participating departments to be determined by the candidate: History, European Studies, Chicano/a Studies, or Africana Studies. An earned doctorate in a humanities field (including history, cultural studies, media studies, ethnic studies, and American studies) is required. The successful candidate will demonstrate a capacity for academic leadership, dynamic, student-centered teaching, and research, scholarship or creative work, reflected in research publications, grants, presentations, exhibitions, public performances, patents, books, book chapters, etc.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

About San Diego State University: San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. Overall, San Diego State students can choose from 91 undergraduate majors, 78 master’s programs and 22 doctoral degree programs.

SDSU ranks among the top universities nationwide in terms of ethnic and racial diversity among its student body, as well as the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred upon students of color. Increasingly recognized for innovative research, SDSU is establishing itself as a leading public research university. It is classified as a "research-high" institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Research funding has more than doubled from a decade ago. Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1 billion in grants and contracts for research and program administration.

About the Digital Humanities and Global Diversity Area of Excellence: This initiative is the country’s first research-oriented digital humanities program focused on human and global diversity, establishing San Diego State as a national center for critical and humanistic research on digital and social media, focusing in particular on diversity in all its global forms. Faculty hired into the digital media studies position will participate in developing a campus-wide community of scholars working collaborative across a range of disciplines—including engineering, media studies, English and comparative literature—in this University -designated Area of Excellence.


Applications: Review of application materials will begin November 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio. All additional inquiries should be addressed to the search chair, William Nericcio,


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