INTERNAL ONLY Co-Director/Prof, Inst for Digital Res in Humanities
Hall Center for the Humanities
The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) provides resources and training in the practices and tools of the digital humanities, facilitating interdisciplinary academic collaborations and innovative externally funded research. Founded in 2010, IDRH is supported by a partnership between the KU Libraries, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
IDRH enhances the possibilities that digital technologies present to humanities research by:
Providing opportunities for faculty and students to learn about the use of technology for humanistic inquiry, and stimulating ongoing discussions about relationships between technologies and human experience; organizing interdisciplinary research groups, conferences, and speaker events;
Supporting the development or novel use of digital tools and practices for innovative humanities research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research;
Assisting scholars to explore new and emerging models of digital publishing;
Providing a knowledge base and training for faculty to pursue successfully external grant awards in support of computationally-assisted research;
Working with faculty, departmental leadership, promotion and tenure committees, and KU administration to generate a series of dialogues about the transformation occurring in humanities scholarship, including how best to evaluate digital research contributions.
The University of Kansas is committed to strong growth in research. The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities seeks a Co-Director who will work, in collaboration with the continuing Co-Director from KU Libraries, to enhance the research and grant capacity of IDRH; to create and implement a coherent vision for the future of Digital Humanities at KU; and to develop a coherent public profile for IDRH around a specific aspect of Digital Humanities on which IDRH will focus its attention as it moves forward. There is an explicit expectation that the Co-Director will apply for and secure external funding to support the work of the Institute.
This is a renewable three-year appointment, beginning July 1, 2020. The successful candidate will have a record of active research in Digital Humanities and a clear vision for the future development of Digital Humanities at KU. To be eligible for this leadership position, a candidate must already be a tenured member of the faculty at KU with full professor rank. The .50 FTE IDRH Co-Director position carries an administrative stipend, support for research, and a one-course reduction in teaching load per semester. The Co-Director is expected to perform duties throughout the (9 month) academic year. The remainder .50 FTE of the position is allocated to research, teaching, and service within the Co-Director’s home department. Renewal of appointment is contingent upon mutual agreement, performance, and the satisfactory conclusion of a three-year comprehensive review.
The University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. KU holds steadfast in the belief that a variety of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. The IDRH actively seeks applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education.
25% – Sets and implements the vision, mission, and goals of the IDRH in partnership with Co-Director and in close consultation with stakeholders throughout the university. In partnership with Co-Director and stakeholders throughout the university, seeks and secures external support for research activity associated with Digital Humanities.
15% – In partnership with Co-Director, organizes workshops, seminars, speaker events, and conferences to foster intellectual community and share new developments in Digital Humanities. Leads public conversation at KU about the evolution, value, and impact of Digital Humanities; maintains an active presence in relevant professional associations.
10% Serves alongside continuing Co-Director as joint chief administrative officer of IDRH, providing leadership and overseeing the daily operations of the Institute. Responsible for budget management, supervision, recruitment/retention, and evaluation of staff. Ensures compliance with federal, state and university policies, procedures and legal requirements. Fosters and supports a culture of safety, ethical research practices, and compliance among IPSR affiliated researchers and staff.
Full Professor Faculty Duties (.50 FTE)
Faculty duties will be discipline specific. Traditional percentages of time include the following:
PhD in the Humanities or terminal degree in a related discipline.
A record of active research in Digital Humanities and a clear vision for the future development of Digital Humanities at KU.
Holds a current faculty appointment at the University of Kansas as a full professor with tenure.
National recognition as demonstrated by a record of refereed publications, professional service, and success in securing external sponsored project funding.
Administrative or leadership experience, including in management of grant-related activities.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated through application materials, interview, and references.
Experience working with multidisciplinary constituencies.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as articulated in the candidate’s responses to the application questions regarding diversity, resume and interview.
Experience developing and implementing long-term research/funding strategies.
Demonstrated administrative experience in financial management.
Experience in supporting others in developing programmatic lines of inquiry; ability to facilitate and stimulate cooperative, funded research by others while also actively pursuing personal research activities.
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete online application will include the following items:
1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Contact information for three references.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Review of applications will begin January 31, 2020 and continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.