Texas A&M University seeks to hire a dynamic researcher with an established record in digital humanities research and/or humanities, artistic, or information visualization to participate in establishing an interdisciplinary Institute for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC). Currently an “initiative,” the IDHMC (http://idhmcmain.tamu.edu) will become an Institute upon approval by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.  The IDHMC has been designated one of eight Texas A&M Initial University Multidisciplinary Research Initiatives and thus is the recipient of substantial start-up funding. The IDHMC recently received an award from the Mellon foundation for $734,000 to fund two years of collaborative research. The rank for this tenure-track faculty position is open but experienced researchers are sought.

Candidates are invited from a wide variety of scholarly backgrounds for this position, including, but not limited to areas within our College of Liberal Arts (all Humanities subjects), University Libraries, Department of Visualization, College of Education and Human Development, and Department of Computer Science and Engineering.  Some potential research specializations include digital humanities within a humanities discipline; computational linguistics and corpus linguistics; data-mining and/or natural language processing; artistic, information, and scientific visualization; library, archival, and information science; media studies and communication; physical computing/tangible computing; and human-computer interaction.  The IDHMC supports interdisciplinary scholarly and creative work that broadly explores the relationship between computing technologies and culture.  We are interested in researchers who combine critical thinking with design, creativity, or production in their research and who are willing to shape the emerging direction of this center by galvanizing faculty, graduate students, programmers, and/or digital librarians across a span of colleges in Texas A&M University.  A Ph.D., MFA, MLS, or equivalent in achievement is required.

The scholar would have access to IDHMC’s infrastructure and labs, including the Humanities Visualization Space, located in a wing of the new Liberal Arts, Arts, and Humanities Building.  He or she would receive substantial startup funding to create a research lab. The IDHMC researcher will have an outstanding research, scholarly, or artistic record in digital humanities, visualization, digital media, digital cultures, and/or social innovation with respect to new media, including experience in interdisciplinary, collaborative research and in obtaining grant funding. The record of achievement must be sufficient for receiving tenure in the candidate’s home discipline, before or after arrival, depending upon the candidate’s starting rank.  The appointment will be made in the College of Liberal Arts, Architecture, Engineering, Education, or University Libraries.  The individual appointed to this position is expected to pursue supplemental funding from external agencies (e.g., NEH, Mellon, ACLS, NEA, NSF, etc.). Classroom teaching is also expected in the successful candidate’s home department.

Texas A&M University already supports a variety of high-profile and emerging projects involving digital humanities (http://idhmcmain.tamu.edu) and offers a Digital Humanities Certificate (http://dhcertificate.tamu.edu).  A copy of the whitepaper that established the IDHMC is available (http://idhmcmain.tamu.edu/commentpress/dh-whitepaper/).

Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Texas A&M is an AA/EEO employer, is deeply committed to diversity, and responds to the needs of dual-career couples.   Please send a letter of interest. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1 and will be considered until the position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of interest, current CV, and a list of references to:

Professor Laura Mandell
Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture
Department of English
4227 TAMU
College, Station, TX 77843-4227
idhmc@tamu.edu

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