Digital Humanities Assistant Professor Job

Digital Environments/Digital Humanities
Rank: Assistant Professor

The University of Michigan’s School of Information (SI) seeks an outstanding tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level to help establish a vigorous program of research and teaching in Digital Environments/Digital Humanities. New technologies and digital environments offer transformative opportunities for the humanities. At the same time, they bring unheralded challenges for accountability, authority, representation, intelligibility, and the assessment of value. Candidates for this position should have a demonstrated research record investigating topics of concern in the digital humanities. Potential areas of research include (but are not limited to) virtual collaboration in the humanities; design of interactive humanities-related media; credibility and authority of digital content; ethnography or history of digital culture; and curation of digital resources.

This position is part of a Digital Environments faculty cluster aimed at transforming humanities scholarship and engaging faculty and students in new modes of research, teaching, and learning. The Digital Environments cluster represents a partnership between the School of Information; the departments of English Language and Literature and Communication Studies; and the Program in American Culture, each of which is hiring a new faculty member through independent searches. Candidates for the School of Information position will engage with these new faculty as well as colleagues across the university, through such venues as research projects, a speaker series, reading groups, and teaching initiatives.

Application letters for this position must discuss the candidate’s ideas for interacting with the cluster group. Before doing so, please read the full desc-ription of the Digital Environments cluster.

The mission of the School of Information, where this position will reside, is to connect people, information, and technology in more valuable ways. The School is home to a dynamic and vibrant research and teaching program, with 35 FTE faculty, 49 doctoral students, and 380 students in its professional program, the Master of Science in Information. In partnership with other units, we recently launched a new undergraduate informatics major. The School of Information is internationally recognized for its research strengths in social informatics, network analysis and text mining, human computer interaction, digital archives, cyberinfrastructure, digital preservation, and information seeking, sharing and use. More about the School, its vision, and its activities can be found at the School’s website:

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten universities. The University has one of the largest health care complexes in the world and one of the best library systems in the United States. With more than $1 billion in research expenditures annually, the University has the second largest research expenditure among all universities in the nation. The University has an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion and an endowment valued at more than $7.57 billion.

Ph.D. (or nearing completion) in a relevant area, such as literature, history, cultural studies, cultural anthropology, archaeology, communication studies, design, information science, library science, archival studies, or technical fields involving significant interactions with the humanities
Demonstrated potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels
Demonstrated potential for high scholarly impact
A strong commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary research, creative activity, and cultural diversity

Review of applications will begin Nov. 1 and continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply:
Applicants should submit the following materials online at :

Cover letter, including your ideas for interacting with the Digital Environments cluster group
Curriculum vita
Statement of research
Statement of teaching interests and experience
Three representative publications
Three letters of reference

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer.


Elizabeth Yakel Voice: (734) 763 – 3569

Associate Professor FAX: (734) 764 – 2475

University of Michigan Email:

School of Information

105 South State Street

Room 4419

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285


Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
Room 503
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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