Job Posting: IDHMC Graduate Research Position!

Graduate Research Assistantship

Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC)

The Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), housed in the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC), seeks to hire a Graduate Research Assistant for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. This will be a 9-month appointment, and the GAR will report to the ARC director, Dr. Laura Mandell, while also coordinating with ARC staff at Texas A&M University, the University of Virginia, and North Carolina State University.

Research will focus on scholarly communication, academic peer review of digital projects, and working directly with large humanities datasets. ARC is a hub of digital research nodes, accessed through the web, that contain resources spanning the bulk of existing Western documents, from medieval times to the early 20th-century. Each ARC node contains data about historical documents, scanned page images (with text transcriptions), scholarly research, and open-source teaching and research tools (Juxta, TypeWright).

The GAR for ARC will aid in the coordination of these resources by aiding future development of nodes and conducting outreach in the scholarly community. The GAR will aid in the aggregation of digital projects for ARC, including but not limited to contributing TAMU faculty projects. The GAR will research, present, and perform cutting-edge research in the digital humanities. The GAR will research and practice metadata standards for digital humanities projects. The GAR will participate in the effort to build a pipeline from the ARC data repository to the Humanities Visualization Space (launch date: Fall 2013). The GAR will research and present on the inclusion of ARC data sets and tools in the classroom environment.

This is graduate research position as defined by the University, and GARs will be required to work an average of 20 hours per week. Tuition waivers will not be provided for Master’s students, per CLA policy, and potential tuition waivers for PhD students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

No prior programming skills are necessary, but the GAR will be required to submit an article to a peer-reviewed digital humanities journal concerning his or her work on ARC by the end of the assistantship.  Dr. Mandell and the staff here will help the GAR accomplish this task.


Please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Laura Mandell and Dr. Maura Ives at by Monday, July 22, 2013.

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ARC Data Moves to TAMU!

On Friday, June 28,  ARC (Advanced Research Consortium) Project Manager Liz Grumbach will be live tweeting the server move of ARC data from cloud storage to TAMU’s Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies (   This will mark the first time that ARC’s extensive catalog of humanities data has found a home on University server space,  and it is an important step towards full implementation of ARC at TAMU.  You can follow Liz at @emgrumbach #arc_tamu.



IDHMC Undergraduate internships

The IDHMC offers unpaid undergraduate internships for students in Communication, Computer Science, English, Education, History, Hispanic Studies, Modern Languages, Visualization, and other fields relevant to the research projects we support.  Interns work up to ten hours a week on innovative research projects in a variety of disciplines and receive technical training in a number of digital tools.  More details available at

or contact Maura Ives,  IDHMC Associate Director (idhmc at tamu dot edu).  The application deadlines are June 24 (for Summer II) and August 16 (for Fall 2013).

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 ( 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 ( and offers a Digital Humanities Certificate ( A copy of the whitepaper that established the IDHMC is available (

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