Postdoctoral Fellowships at Occidental College's Center for Digital Learning + Research


The Center for Digital Learning + Research at Occidental College offers a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on digital scholarship. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Occidental’s CDLR will be hiring two fellows for terms beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.  

Joining a dynamic team of professionals and postdocs, our fellows will be expected to devote time to teaching and team-teaching, collaborating with CDLR Faculty Fellows on major digital scholarship projects, advising students, conducting research to stay abreast of developments in digital scholarship, and generally working as part of the CLDR team dedicated to exploring and integrating digital scholarship in a liberal arts context. These fellowships are intended to serve as developmental positions, allowing fellows to prepare for a future career in academia (as faculty or otherwise) as they are sharing their expertise with the Occidental community. Depending on departmental needs and each fellow’s interests, fellows will likely have the opportunity to teach in either a first-year seminar through the College’s Cultural Studies Program, a departmental course, or alongside CDLR Faculty Fellows in Digital Liberal Arts lab courses. The Center for Digital Learning + Research expects that fellows will continue to keep up with disciplinary research and professionalization, and will support these efforts with limited travel funding and dedicated time for projects that explore personal research interests and are likely to help shape the mission and work of the CDLR. Overall, we are looking for individuals who thrive in an environment of constantly learning and sharing new concepts, methods, and tools. Disciplinary specialization is open, but will generally focus on the humanities or social sciences. Scholars with broad interdisciplinary concerns are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience in data visualization, multi-modal scholarly production, code writing, and active participation in digital scholarship communities will be favored.


Our fellows will share in a set of responsibilities that include the following:

1. Work with CDLR Faculty Fellows to help develop courses, labs, and digital scholarly projects.

2. Design and develop digital scholarship projects.

Ideally, these projects would be a continuation of your own scholarly work but would integrate students and faculty at Occidental. Such projects might be developed collaboratively, and could focus on data visualization, mobile devices, geographic information systems, social media, data mining, interactive design, or simulation and gaming.

3. Help the College develop a vision of what digital scholarship and digital pedagogy looks like at a liberal arts institution by teaching innovative courses that can serve as models and participating in campus-wide discussions about technology and pedagogy.

4. Develop and conduct training sessions, workshops, and/or a speaker series around topics of techno-pedagogy, new modes of scholarly communication, and related developments in digital scholarship.

5. Help to expand Occidental's network of regional, national, global, and consortial ties.

6. Work with Occidental’s Global Crossroads system, a unique digital platform for academic discourse

7. Help faculty and students take advantage of Occidental’s new Digital Production Studio and maker space


Occidental's Center for Digital Learning and Research

Operating as a research and design team within the Scholarship Technology group at Occidental College, the Center for Digital Learning + Research enhances teaching, learning, research, and scholarly work at Occidental by helping faculty and students integrate these activities with emergent technologies and services. The CDLR’s Mellon Postdoctoral fellows lead and partner with faculty on research projects that incorporate advanced technologies, especially on projects that require technological engagements beyond those services regularly supported by Occidental’s Information Technology and Instruction + Research groups. The CDLR currently focuses on projects and practices that experiment with forms of public scholarship, model more open forms of scholarly communication, or take advantage of new learning spaces.

Occidental College

Occidental 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.

Occidental’s 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 considered a regular (12-month) employee of Occidental College with a salary of $53,000 plus the standard benefits and leave accrued by employees, as well as limited relocation expense support.


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: Application review will begin in early February and will continue until the positions are filled. For full consideration, please submit your materials by February 7th. Electronic submissions are preferred, and we understand if letters of support arrive after letters of interest. We are especially interested in candidates who will have a degree in hand and can start at Occidental at some point between June 1 and August 1, 2014.


For Submissions and More Information Contact:

Daniel Chamberlain

Director, Center for Digital Learning and Research

Occidental College

1600 Campus Road

Los Angeles, CA 90041


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