Job: Academic Technology Specialist at Stanford


Academic Technology Specialist
Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Stanford University

The Stanford University Library’s division of Academic Computing Services seeks a digital humanist for an exciting “alternative academic” (#alt-ac) position as Academic Technology Specialist (ATS) within the University’s Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL). The DLCL’s ATS will work in partnership and collaboration with DLCL faculty and graduate students to advance humanistic enquiry through the application of computational tools and methods.

The DLCL brings together five departments of literature and culture—Comparative Literature, French and Italian, German Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Iberian and Latin American Cultures—and is one of several centers, schools, and departments participating in the ATS Program. The ATS Program is composed of technology experts who also possess specific disciplinary training in the academic field of the department to which they are assigned. ATSes leverage their unique combination of disciplinary and technical skills to assist faculty and graduate students in pursuit of their research and teaching objectives.

The primary goals of the University—teaching, learning, and research—are centered on the accumulation and distribution of information among faculty, staff, students, and the broader scholarly community worldwide. The primary goal of the ATS is to advance this mission through practical and creative uses of technology. An ATS position is multifaceted, and an ATS must be comfortable juggling a range of projects and duties that may include everything from programming and database design to instruction and grant writing. Though ATSes may frequently serve as technology partners on a project involving faculty and/or graduate students, ATSes are expected to assist these faculty and graduate students in acquiring the technology skills necessary to pursue their research independent of prolonged ATS collaboration. Indeed, ATSes are mandated to help their constituents build new skills in the application of technology to humanistic study.

In addition to working with faculty and graduate students associated with the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, the ATS will devote up to eight hours per week in service to the Stanford University Library and Academic Computing Services. In this capacity, the ATS will enrich the broader academic community at Stanford through consulting, advising, and in training others in the use of technologies relevant to the humanities.

The ATS must have an advanced degree, a background in the humanities—preferably in one of the areas served by the DLCL—and a broad understanding of current trends in digital humanities. The ATS will be an active participant in the university’s research and teaching culture and should be motivated by a research and teaching agenda that aligns with the position and the goals of the DLCL. The ATS will have a proven record of developing technology solutions and teaching others how to employ these solutions. He/she must be willing and eager to work with faculty at different levels of technical experience and expertise.


• Providing the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages faculty and staff with consulting and instruction on technology needs to help them acquire and use technology and information resources in their research. The ATS will recommend and assist with securing necessary hardware, software, licenses, etc.
• Consulting with the DLCL Chair to set long-term technology goals for the Division, and to determine which research and technology projects are best suited for the Division's research, pedagogical, and strategic goals.
• Serving as a liaison between departmental faculty/staff and University IT to coordinate technical support services throughout the division and to translate DLCL needs and facilitate smooth interaction.
• Working with faculty to assess their research and instructional technology needs; recommending commercially available software, providing consulting support to develop individual applications, and, where appropriate, identifying current on- or off-campus services that are available.
• Deploying and assisting in the deployment of electronic communication tools, such as video conferencing, online asynchronous forums, and synchronous chat technologies to support collaborative research and teaching.
• Participating as a member of the Academic Technology Specialist Program team.
• Developing and maintaining professional networks to facilitate knowledge dissemination, professional development, and an awareness of current trends.
• Developing relationships with technology service providers throughout and outside the University to meet the needs of faculty and students within the division.
• Collaborating with faculty and librarians to facilitate the integration of library resources into course curriculums and research.
• Assessing need and advocating for the acquisition of research and instructional technologies.
• Assisting faculty in writing the technology components of grant proposals.
• Assessing general technology skills of faculty, staff, and students in order to develop and offer workshops.
• Reviewing professional literature; attending conferences; publishing papers, and networking with colleagues both within and outside of the University in order to remain current with evolving applications of technology to the humanities in particular and higher education in general.

The ideal candidate will have a record of innovation and creativity in making technology accessible, understandable, and appealing to an academic audience. The candidate will possess a history of leadership and resourcefulness in the development and deployment of technological solutions supporting research and pedagogy in the humanities.

Specific requirements include:
• A master’s degree in the humanities plus demonstrated expertise in computational text analysis/text-mining or expertise/training in a related field such as computer science, natural language processing or computational linguistics).
• At least five years experience in humanities computing or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Excellent teaching, communication, and interpersonal skills.
• Impeccable oral and written communication skills.
• Experience teaching technology skills to novice computer users.
• Excellent time management skills.
• Demonstrated experience managing projects and/or a complex workload
• A proven record of success in leading and/or implementing technology projects.
• Demonstrated expertise with at least one programming or scripting language: e.g. Java, Python, R, Perl.
• Demonstrated ability to establish effective, on-going relationships with varied levels of a diverse faculty, staff, and students
• Demonstrated experience working in a collaborative research or teaching environment.
• Demonstrated ability to foster collaborations with other major humanities research groups.
• Expert knowledge of Windows and Macintosh environments.
• Experience with UNIX.
• Expertise or experience using markup languages such as TEI-XML.
• Experience developing relational database applications (e.g. mysql, postgresql, Oracle).
• Specific expertise or experience working with foreign language font sets.

Desired qualifications include:
• Ph.D. in one of the disciplinary areas served by the DLCL.
• Experience working in humanities-based research at a major research university.
• Experience with server administration.
• Experience with electronic publishing.

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