Digital & Public Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher - 19562BR

Digital & Public Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher

Hall Center for the Humanities
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Hall Center for the Humanities, one of twelve designated research centers at the University of Kansas and the only research center on campus dedicated to promoting humanities scholarship is searching for a Postdoctoral Researcher to engage in digital and public humanities research and programming. Recognized as an international, collaborative research center focused in the humanities, the Hall Center provides an intellectual hub for scholars and students in the Humanities, Arts, and humanistic Social Sciences; it fosters interdisciplinary conversation across the university and globally. Through its public programming, the Hall Center makes visible the significance and continued relevance of Humanities research, engaging diverse communities across the state in dialogue about local, national, and global issues that Humanities research illuminates.

The Digital and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher will be actively involved in a collaborative digital storytelling project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, beginning January 2022 through June 2024. Stories for All: A Digital Storytelling Project for the Twenty-First Century is a partnership between the Hall Center and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humaniites (IDRH) at KU. The project will work with community and KU partners to recover ignored or suppressed histories and share them widely through digital media. The project will involve over forty partner projects, around half of which originate in community initiatives and the other half from within KU. It will address the opportunities, challenges, ethics, and politics of storytelling in the digital era. And it will consider the ways in which diverse storytelling traditions and techniques can inform and enrich each other. The project will bring into conversation digital projects that represent a wide range of traditions, histories, and motivations. The partners range from small collectives preserving local histories of injustice to institutions known for working at the intersection of the humanities and social change. They use various storytelling strategies, including oral histories, social media posts, online writing contests, videos, blogs, interactive maps, long-form documentaries, online companions, art installations, and place-based storytelling. Some of these projects are already in development; others will launch during the grant period.

The successful candidate will assist the Director of the Hall Center and the Co-Director of IDRH with programming related to this project, gaining valuable experience in project management, and will participate in the substantive intellectual work of the project. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate on the development of future grant proposals.This position is a limited-term appointment from January 2022 through June 2024..

Job Description

45% Programming and Administration
• Design and implement workshops, public events, and other programming
• Develop and maintain web and social media presence related to program activities
• Create, develop, and manage new program initiatives in digital humanities
• Collaborate and facilitate interactions with faculty and graduate students
• Collaborate on the development of future grant proposals.

50% Research
• Conduct research on a substantial, publishable project in either the digital or public humanities while in residence at the Hall Center;
• Participate in the Center’s intellectual environment by attending seminars, colloquia, and other relevant scholarly development programs
• Present on research at conferences of national or international status.
• Publish research works.

5% Other
• Other duties as assigned

The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance. The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States and is located 40 miles west of Kansas City and 30 miles east of Topeka, the state capitol.

Required Qualifications

  1. PhD in a humanities discipline. ABD candidates must have the PhD conferred within six months from the date of hire.
  2. Two years of experience working in interdisciplinary humanities environment in a teaching, research capacity, program or administrative capacity at an institution of higher education, museum, or library.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills , as evidenced by application materials, interview, and references.
Appointment Requirements: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed 6 months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Familiarity with theory and/or methods in Digital Humanities.
  2. Experience with academic project planning, management, or consultative services.
  3. Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to take initiative, and set and meet deadlines.
  4. Interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative/team environment as demonstrated by application materials.
  5. Experience and/or interest in digital storytelling.
  6. Commitment to contributing to a climate valuing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will include the following:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Cover Letter addressing qualifications for the position, specific digital and public humanities skills, and the research project the candidate would work on while at the Hall Center.
• Writing sample of no more than 20 pages, published or unpublished
• Contact information for three (3) professional references.

Application review begins on 8/15/2021.

This is a limited term appointment for a period not to exceed 30 months, with a preferred start date of January 1, 2022, and an end date of June 30, 2024. A later start date of July 1, 2022, with an end date of June 30, 2024 may be negotiated.

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Richard Godbeer

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