Wanted: Professor for the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture

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://idhmc.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 into creating better OCR methods and procedures for early modern texts. The rank for this position is open but candidate’s current research record must warrant appointment with tenure on arrival.

Possible research areas for this position include but are not limited to Visualization (including artistic, information, and scientific visualization), Computer Science, Architecture, data-mining, software development, graphic design, pattern recognition, etc. (please see more at our Center for the Study of Digital Libraries). 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 appointee would have access to IDHMC’s infrastructure and labs, located in a wing of a new building which just opened (January 2013), and would receive substantial startup funding to create a research lab. The successful applicant 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 substantial experience in interdisciplinary, collaborative research and in obtaining grant funding. The record of achievement must be sufficient for a tenured appointment in the College of Architecture, Engineering, Liberal Arts, 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://idhmc.tamu.edu) and offers a Digital Humanities Certificate (http://dhcertificate.tamu.edu). A copy of the whitepaper that established the IDHMC is available (http://idhmc.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 February 1, 2013, 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