Postdoctoral Fellowship Position at Macalester College

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:00am

Macalester College invites applications for an eleven-month postdoctoral fellowship in the Digital Liberal Arts (Aug. 2015-June 2016), with the possibility of renewal. The position is generously funded by an award to Macalester by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which aims to prepare students and faculty members for active scholarship and citizenship in the digital age. This grant is administered by Macalester’s Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, and the successful candidate will work under the guidance of Prof. Christopher Wells, Director of Digital Liberal Arts (DLA). The DLA Fellow will:

  • Consult with Macalester faculty members, chosen through a competitive application process, on digital projects relevant to their teaching and research. Selected faculty members will pledge five hours of work per week on their digital projects in exchange for up to two hours of consulting time with the postdoc each week;
  • Teach one introductory course per year, of the postdoc’s own design, in an area chosen in consultation with the Director of DLA;
  • Co-convene, with the Director of DLA, a semester-long, 10-member Faculty Learning Community that meets weekly to discuss themes related to digital teaching or scholarship, in order to build faculty capacity and advance faculty projects in these areas;
  • Contribute to developing and hosting the one-day January Professional Development series at Macalester, and help organize—together with the Director of DLA and the University of Minnesota Libraries—a two-day workshop on digital teaching and scholarship that will be part of the annual Spring Professional Activities Workshop;
  • Support other efforts to improve digital teaching and scholarship on campus; and
  • Attend weekly staff meetings at the Serie Center and have regular meetings with the Director of DLA.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • received a PhD degree in a field that includes significant Digital Humanities expertise;
  • excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • an interest and ability to work with diverse faculty across disciplinary lines; and
  • post-secondary teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

The Mellon post-doctoral DLA fellowship includes $61,000 salary, full-time benefits, and funds to support research and travel.

To apply, please email a PDF of your cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of two references who are familiar with your teaching and scholarship, and a statement of teaching experience and philosophy to: Full consideration will be given to applications received by March 20, 2015, and preference will be given to graduates of CIC-member institutions (Universities of Chicago, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska-Lincoln, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pennsylvania State, Purdue, Rutgers, and Wisconsin-Madison). For questions, please contact Prof. Chris Wells, Director of Digital Liberal Arts (, 651-696-6803).

Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately three million and is home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s diverse student body comprises over 1900 undergraduates from 49 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 nations. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in teaching and research/creative activity within a liberal arts college community. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.



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