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September 25, 2006

Dartmouth College


Senior Position in the Digital Humanities

Dartmouth College is pleased to announce the creation of a senior position in the Digital Humanities for a newly endowed Chair in innovative fields. The successful applicant should be committed to inter-disciplinary collaboration, technological innovation, and creating curricular links within the Humanities and across divisions. The position offers the opportunity to define a new area of research and teaching, building on Dartmouth’s existing strengths in the Humanities and Computing,

The field of research and teaching is open; we seek candidates with practical and/or theoretical expertise in one or several of the following disciplines in the Arts and the Humanities: visual arts, screen studies, new media, performance arts, music and sound, film, TV/Video, and literature. Expertise in computer hardware and/or software will be welcome but is not essential.

The role of the Chair in Digital Humanities is intended to be broad in scope, potentially incorporating current or future initiatives in cyber-culture and the creation, performance, and critical study of digital arts, including a consideration of the socio-political and theoretical implications of new artistic technologies. The endowment for this Chair provides additional funds for projects involving research and teaching in the Digital Humanities. The successful candidate will be located in a single Dartmouth department or program, or jointly appointed to one or more departments or programs. Considerable flexibility exists regarding joint appointments, which may cross departmental or even divisional boundaries.

One of the most diverse institutions of higher education in New England, Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications after October 1, 2006. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Please send letter of application, CV, and the names of three references to:

Gerd Gemünden
Chair Search Committee in Digital Humanities
Dept. of German Studies
6084 Dartmouth Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755 USA

Digital Humanities Chair Will Address Emerging Field

Through funding from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, a longtime benefactor of the College, Dartmouth has created the new post of Digital Humanities Chair, one of two Distinguished Professorships in Emerging Fields in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences endowed by the foundation.

The Digital Humanities Chair, a senior-level appointment for which a national search is being conducted, was created to lead Dartmouth's efforts to integrate digital culture and innovation with the humanities across disciplinary and departmental lines. Professor of German Studies Gerd Gemünden, who chairs the search committee, explains, "The digital revolution affects all fields-how we learn, how we write. By creating the new chair, we are acknowledging the significance of the digital revolution."

Carol Folt, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences and professor of biological sciences, says the College was motivated by a need to integrate constantly evolving technology with its long-standing commitment to the humanities. "In creating the Digital Humanities Chair, the Dartmouth administration is seeking an academic of the highest caliber who can coalesce nascent efforts, build on core strengths ripe for advancement, effect major changes in curriculum and scholarly development, and influence global discourse," she says.

Gemünden says the position is open to scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and that the job will require the new chair to work across disciplines and help coalesce the digital humanities work already underway at Dartmouth. The new chair could be housed in almost any department, or possibly be a dual appointment. A second innovative faculty position is in development at Dartmouth as provided for by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation's grant.

Already, several other institutions of higher learning have begun exploring similar models of integrating digital and analog culture. The Center for New Media at the University of California, Berkeley, and the MIT Program in Media Arts and Sciences are serving as curricular means of exploring the relationship between the humanities and information technologies. Given the scale and ubiquity of the digital revolution, Dartmouth's new chair will work in a challenging field. As Gemünden notes, "The classes of 2008 and 2009 have never really lived without Google. That puts the burden of learning on us."

Posted by jo at September 25, 2006 11:36 AM