Assistant Professor, Digital Environments/Digital Humanities, University of Michigan

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.

For more information or to apply, please visit http://www.si.umich.edu/about-SI/digital_environments.htm. Application letters for this position must discuss the candidate’s ideas for interacting with the cluster group. Before doing so, please read the full description of the Digital Environments cluster (see full job description on our website for details).

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 404 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: http://www.si.umich.edu

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.

Qualifications:

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.