Job: Digital Scholar at Whittier College

Job: Digital Scholar at Whittier College

Digital Scholar (Search Reopened)


Whittier College, a 4-year liberal arts college in Southern California, seeks to hire its first digital scholar. The 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 staff 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 full-time position.


Visit Whittier's Digital Liberal Arts Center blog for more information.


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

  • 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

  • Teach an annual course in your area of specialization, after year one

  • Participate in campus governance committee work, after year one




Graduate degree in a Humanities field (PhD preferred), as well as the following: 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; Ability to work effectively across disciplines; Relevant experience working in higher education; Active involvement in academic communities related to digital scholarship (NITLE, EDUCAUSE, HASTAC, etc); Demonstrated effectiveness in a teaching environment; Sophisticated understanding of digital projects and publishing, including working knowledge of Learning Management Systems (Moodle preferred); Familiar with digital repositories; Conversant with a variety of digital methodologies, geographic information systems, data visualization and other modes of digital scholarship; and dxceptional organizational, presentation, project management, interpersonal, and communication skills;


To be considered for this position, please email your CV with cover letter, a syllabus featuring your digital methodology or pedagogy, contact information for three references, and salary history in a single PDF file to:


Applications will be reviewed immediately, and will be accepted until the position is filled. The start date for this position is open for negotiation, but preferably will begin in Summer, 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 hillside 18 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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