Digital Scholar, Whittier College, Los Angeles


Whittier College, a 4-year liberal arts college in Southern California, seeks to hire its first fulltime digital scholar.  This dynamic and enthusiastic candidate will help create and manage a newly remodeled collaborative digital workspace to be housed in the campus Library. The digital scholar will guide a team of faculty, students, and technology specialists to support individual and campus-wide digital initiatives. We are particularly interested in a scholar who can inspire and implement the College’s commitment to innovative pedagogies associated with digital technologies. A generous Andrew Mellon Foundation grant of $750,000 provides bridge funding to create this permanent position. For more information, please visit the Whittier Digital Liberal Arts Center blog.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Promote  the innovative and evolving use of technology to advance the liberal arts curriculum at Whittier College
  • Research and lead development initiatives to identify emerging technologies, industry trends and best practices that are appropriate to the College’s environment
  • Teach an annual course in your area of specialization, after year one
  • Promote and support the use of digital technologies to enhance hybrid learning, the use of web-based collaboration tools, mobile learning technologies and games and simulations in multi-user virtual environments
  • Serve as a liaison to faculty, informing them about options to integrate technology into their pedagogies
  • Promote the conceptualization, design, development, and assessment of scholarly digital projects
  • Coordinate training opportunities for faculty to increase their understanding and awareness of established and emerging technologies
  • Engage faculty and students  in collaborative scholarship and the creation of knowledge using  emerging digital technologies
  • Advance collaboration with other colleges, including efforts to expand undergraduate research
  • Be knowledgeable in the production of audio and video content in support of teaching and learning, and digital media, electronic media presentation, production, and distribution tools
  • Participate in campus governance committee work, after year one


Graduate degree in a Humanities field (PhD preferred). Evidence of successfully created and managed digital projects. Successful work experience with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and with various levels of technical expertise. Relevant experience working in higher education, Active involvement in academic communities related to digital scholarship (NITLE, EDUCAUSE, HASTAC), and Demonstrated effectiveness in a teaching environment. Sophisticated understanding of digital projects and publishing. Familiar with digital repositories, and conversant with digital methodologies, geographic information systems, data visualization and/or other modes of digital scholarship. Exceptional organizational, presentation, project management, interpersonal and communication skills. Works effectively across disciplines and working knowledge of Learning Management Systems (Moodle preferred).
To be considered for this position, please email your CV with cover letter, list of at least three references and salary history in a single PDF file to:
Applications will be reviewed beginning December 10th, and will be accepted until the position is filled.  The start date for this position is open for negotiation, but preferably will begin by Spring, 2014.
Whittier College is a nationally recognized, selective, independent liberal arts college with a diverse student body of approximately 1600 undergraduates and is distinguished by its small size and innovative interdisciplinary  programs. The campus is located on a 95-acre hillside18 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. We have a long history of commitment to equity, reflecting our Quaker origins, and our student body mirrors the diversity of the region. We are an official Hispanic-Serving Institution and have had two Title V grants. Our faculty, committed teacher-scholars, weave issues of diversity into their work with students. We seek to attract and retain a highly qualified and diverse faculty (AA/EO).



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