Mellon Digital Scholarship Fellows at Occidental College

Mellon Digital Scholarship Fellows [2 multi-year positions]

The Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College offers a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship focusing on digital modes of teaching and research. Each Fellow will work closely with faculty to foster digital scholarship projects tied to the curriculum and research, explore emerging technologies and their pedagogical implications, and lead workshops for faculty and staff on issues pertaining to the development and use of innovative technologies and digital scholarly resources. Additionally, each Fellow will explore ways in which digital content and technologies can enhance instruction and research and foster cross-disciplinary endeavors, working in close collaboration with staff from CDLR, the Library, Information Technology Services, and other campus units.  Candidates with experience producing multi-modal scholarship and participation in digital scholarship communities of practice will be favored.

Potential digital scholarship projects could focus on mobile devices, geographic information systems, data visualization, social media, data mining, interactive design, or simulation and gaming. The specific area of disciplinary specialization is open, but might include history, history of art, music, psychology, literature, media studies, sociology, philosophy, law, political science, and religious and/or cultural studies. Scholars with broad interdisciplinary concerns are strongly encouraged to apply.

Each scholar will be expected to function in a hybrid capacity, operating both in the classroom and on broader institutional and regional digital scholarship projects. Depending on departmental needs and the fellows interests, fellows will have the opportunity to teach in either a first-year seminar through the Colleges Cultural Studies Program (CSP ) or a departmental course.

The Fellow will be a regular professional staff employee of Occidental College (12-month appointment) with responsibilities that include the following:

1. Collaborate on the design, development, and delivery of an annual faculty summer institute centered on digital scholarship and course/research revision and/or redesign. Provide continuing post-institute support for these faculty. 
2. Plan a symposium (to be held in the second year of the fellowship) that will bring together faculty from Occidental and other campuses in discussions around issues relevant to the digital humanities. 
3. Work with faculty across the curriculum (with an emphasis on the humanities and social sciences) to help them learn and adopt new ways of incorporating digital content and technologies into their teaching and research. 
4. Develop and conduct training sessions, workshops, and a speaker series around topics of techno-pedagogy, new modes of digital scholarship and publishing, and the development, use, and assessment of digital content and technologies in instruction and research. 
5. Assist faculty with development of e-journals, including College digital publications highlighting student scholarship.  
6. Help to expand Occidental's network of regional resources in the areas of digital humanities, GIS, and new media publications in order to provide-next-generation publishing venues, teaching tools, and collaborative opportunities for Occidental College students and faculty.

Occidental's Center for Digital Learning and Research 
Occidental College is in the midst of an ambitious, forward-looking effort to re-imagine its library space and services as an Academic Commons, a scholastic environment that makes visible the institutions commitments as a 21st century liberal arts and sciences college.  A 
key element in this transformation is the CDLR, a campus center designed to enable useful connections among digital content, technologies, and services to support teaching, learning, research, and new types of scholarly work for faculty and students.

The center supports faculty in the exploration of new pedagogies and practices, in the use of course management systems and classroom technologies, and in exploration and development of incubator programs, web tools, e-publishing and digital collections. The professional staff actively create connections among faculty, students and partners beyond College boundaries to foster exploration, experimentation and innovation, especially in new applications of digital technologies to scholarly work.

Occidental College 
 College ( ) is in Eagle Rock, a neighborhood in the northeastern corner of the city of Los Angeles ( The College offers a unique combination of a rigorous academic program, small size, a diverse student body, and all the resources of Los Angeles. An interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to the liberal arts takes place in a close-knit community of excellent teacher-scholars and involved students that focus on creativity, academic accomplishment, civic engagement and making a difference.  

Occidentals location in a world city on the Pacific Ocean and near the mountains and deserts of Southern California offers ready access to the broadest array of activities and proximity to internationally important libraries and museums, not the least of which are the Huntington Library, the Getty Center, the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, Cal Tech, and the Claremont Colleges.

Salary and Benefits

The Fellow will be a regular employee of Occidental College with a salary of $48,000 plus the standard benefits and leave accrued by employees ( ).

Application Requirements

In addition to a letter of interest, which should address how to best foster digital scholarship projects tied to teaching and learning in the context of a liberal arts college, please include a current CV and three confidential letters of recommendation.  

Application Deadline

Contact to express your interest




 For Submissions and More Information Contact 

Marsha Schnirring 

Director, Center for Digital Learning and Research 

Occidental College 

1600 Campus Road 

Los Angeles, CA 90041






























































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