Job: Mellon Digital Scholarship Post-Doctoral Fellow

The Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College offers a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowships focusing on digital modes of scholarship. The Post-doctoral Fellow will be expected to explore the scholarly implications of emerging technologies through his/her own continued research and teaching, and by working closely with faculty to foster digital scholarship projects tied to the curriculum, pedagogy, and research. Areas of disciplinary specialization are open, but might include history, history of art, music, psychology, cognitive science, literature, media studies, geography, sociology, philosophy, political science, and religious and/or cultural studies. Scholars with broad interdisciplinary concerns are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience producing multi-modal scholarship or tools and participation in digital scholarship communities of practice will be favored.

We are looking for a scholar who will act as a catalyst for identifying and exploring new thinking and experimentation at the intersection of information, technology, and scholarship. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead Occidental’s engagement with digital scholarship by developing digital tools and services, working with faculty and staff on scholarly projects enhanced by digital materials, social networks, and technologies, and advocating for transformative scholarly practices for faculty and students. The 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 fellow’s interests, the fellow will have the opportunity to teach in either a first-year seminar through the College’s Cultural Studies Program or a departmental course. The Center for Digital Learning and Research expects that the fellow will continue to keep up with disciplinary research and professionalization, and will support these efforts with limited travel funding and up to twenty-percent research time for projects that explore personal research interests and are likely to help shape the mission and work of the CDLR.

The Fellow will share a set of responsibilities that include a number of the following:

      1. Collaborate on the design, development, and delivery of an annual Faculty Digital Scholarship Institute centered on digital scholarship and course/research revision and/or redesign. Provide continuing post-institute support for these faculty.


      2. Plan and implement 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 digital scholarship.


      3. Work with faculty across the curriculum to help them learn and adopt new ways of incorporating digital content and technologies into their teaching and research.


      4. Design and develop digital scholarship projects. Such projects might be developed collaboratively, and could focus on mobile devices, geographic information systems, data visualization, social media, data mining, interactive design, or simulation and gaming.


      5. 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.


      6. Lead the center’s effort to explore and support the open access publishing of faculty and student work, including assisting faculty with the development of e-journals and building a platform that highlights student scholarship.


    7. Help to expand Occidental’s network of regional, national, global, and consortial ties 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 institution’s commitments as a 21st century liberal arts and sciences college. A key element in this transformation is the Center for Digital Learning and Research, 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 Mellon-funded postdoctoral fellows are expected to demonstrate and support modes of innovation in teaching, learning and scholarship that will help shape and define the Academic Commons.

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 creates 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

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 $50,000 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 on January 3, 2012. For full consideration, please submit your materials by January 15, 2012. We are primarily interested in candidates who can start at Occidental at some point between January 1 and July 1, 2012. You may apply directly as indicated below.

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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