Digital Humanities Specialist Position

The College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University seeks a dynamic and creative  full-time hire for the new position of Digital Humanities Specialist. The Digital Humanities Specialist is responsible for curriculum development, research support, and teaching in the area of digital humanities (DH). The successful candidate will work in a creative team atmosphere and will provide input and guidance to faculty and units in the college on digital humanities courses, research projects, co-curricular opportunities, and community engagement projects. This person will play a critical role in supporting and expanding DH research and pedagogy at MSU.  This is a 12 month, one-year, fixed-term position based in the Academic Technology Office at the College of Arts and Letters.

The Digital Humanities Specialist will be responsible for consulting with faculty on pedagogies for digital humanities work and creating new DH offerings, will assist and participate in grant seeking, along with developing and managing funded projects; will develop and teach workshops on a variety of DH and technology focused areas in the humanities; and will coordinate internal and external DH-focused events. 

Excellent writing and communication skills are required, along with strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at once. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of scholarly work in the arts and humanities, involving digital technologies, tools, techniques, and research methods.


  • Work in partnership with faculty and students to support academic research, effective instruction methods, and creative initiatives through the use of information resources and technology.
  • Work directly with researchers to provide project definition and analysis (e.g., project scope, requirements, specifications and/or design).
  • Evaluate existing tools and technologies, and investigate emerging technologies to identify potential uses in DH research.
  • Prototype demonstration projects and/or implement tools for use by others.
  • Provide technical support for DH research projects, including implementation of tools, technology, etc., to help researchers achieve their goals.
  • Conduct training, group instruction, and workshops on DH topics.
  • Coordinate, develop, organize, and lead events and programs including presentations, talks, workshops, and demonstrations to inform faculty and students about DH trends. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate study (PhD preferred) in a field related to humanities scholarship or humanistic aspects of social or information science.
  • Demonstrated proficiency/fluency with one or more technologies commonly used in DH projects (e.g., social network analysis, text encoding, database design and development, GIS, data visualization, topic modeling).
  • Demonstrated experience in web development and programming
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more content management or digital scholarship platforms such as Desire2Learn, Wordpress, Drupal, etc.
  • Experience teaching or leading workshops on DH tools and/or methods to faculty and students.
  • Experience working collaboratively with other scholars and/or with IT professionals on projects related to digital scholarship.
  • Strong knowledge of current DH trends.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey technical concepts to non-technical partners.
  • Experience working with faculty in an educational setting.
  • Experience with computer network administration

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with development and management of projects, grants, and/or budgets.
  • Record of professional presentations, publications, and DH project development.
  • Experience with grant making and management.
  • Experience with new media and technology applications for research and pedagogy in higher education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of educational theory and practice in higher education.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site (posting number 8354).  Applications should include a letter expressing interest in this position and describing qualifications and experience, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees."

For more information contact Bill Hart-Davidson, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures,

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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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