Digital Projects Designer

at Pennsylvania State University (view profile)
Location University Park, PA
Date Posted August 11, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $15
Hourly or Salary? Hourly


Digital Projects Designer at Penn State University invites applications for a Digital Projects Designer at the rank of full-time Researcher or Assistant Research Professor to support projects emerging from the “Just Transformations: A College of the Liberal Arts Initiative Toward Building and Sustaining Diverse Communities in Higher Education” supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The initiative seeks to intellectually and professionally develop, support, and prepare cohorts of emerging humanities researchers and scholars who hail from historically underrepresented racial minority (URM) groups. This position will be housed within the Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship (DPS) and will report to the Director of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative (DLA). The target start date is flexible but will begin no later than Spring 2022.

This is a fixed-term appointment funded for three years from date of hire with good possibility of renewal.

Position summary

The major responsibility of the Digital Projects Designer is to provide technical support for existing and future digital scholarship projects, most of which focus on recuperating and disseminating historically underrepresented archival material in online digital platforms. The candidate must be able to help design and develop small to mid-size digital scholarship projects based on Omeka, WordPress Multisite or other CMSs, and that follow metadata standards such as Dublin Core. Candidates with further technical experience in areas such as web applications or data manipulation will have the opportunity to contribute to projects that could involve data collection, analysis, and visualization. Projects will be primarily based in/stem from the Center for Black Digital Research (CBDR), with possible interaction with the partner units in the grant: African American Studies, English, Philosophy, History, and the Humanities Institute.

In conjunction with other DLA team members, the Digital Project Designer will participate in DLA organized digital scholarship monthly workshop sessions for the Just Transformations grantees, teaching the digital method(s) or skills that the candidate is most familiar and comfortable with. Finally, the incumbent will be expected to participate in some consultation requests on tools and methods for research or teaching purposes in DPS and collaborate with campus partners when needed.

Main division of tasks is:

• Digital project development and troubleshooting (technical support)

• Workshops on digital methods (teaching and support)

• DPS assistance in incoming projects or consultations on digital methods, collaborative outreach, and regular office check-ins

• Research time

The division of time spent working in projects at the CBDR and in DPS will be adjusted as we begin the Just Transformations Initiative in Fall 2021. The candidate will be able to shape the position, time division, and evaluation in conversation with the Director of the DLA Initiative following the candidate's interests, skills, and research agenda, and the needs of the grant.

We have a strong preference for candidates who have experience and are committed to diversity in the academy and whose work has helped eradicate racial inequities in technological acquisition, use and development.

Required Qualifications:

• Master's degree in a relevant subject and 1-2 years of experience in front-end web development

• Knowledge of Humanities research practices

• Documented experience in:

• HTML and CSS for front-end web development

• content management systems such as WordPress, Omeka, or Drupal

• writing and updating technical documentation

• working on collaborative projects with non-technical partners

• Familiarity with Dublin Core or other metadata schema(s)

• Ability to communicate with a range of audiences and stakeholders

• Strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices

Desired qualifications:

• PhD degree in a relevant discipline

• Experience with data manipulation in Python or R

• Experience working file formats such as JSON or CSV

• Familiarity with JavaScript

• Familiarity working with PHP for server development

• Interest in developing instructional materials in collaboration with other project partners

In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

Appointment: Appointment is rank based on relevant qualifications and professional experience: Researcher (Master's degree); Assistant Research Professor (Doctoral degree).

Application instructions

To be considered for this position, submit an online application with a letter of interest detailing relevant qualifications for this job, your research agenda if applicable, and a discussion of your experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; a Resume or Curriculum Vitae as appropriate; and a list of three references.

Review of applications will begin on August 13th, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

All interviews will be conducted remotely, with the option to do a campus visit.

Applicants can contact Dr. Jennifer Isasi at with questions about this position.

General information: The Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship ( facilitates collaborations in the that pursue digital research projects and use innovative digital methods in teaching, and the Digital Liberal Arts Research Initiative is designed to expand and publicize support for faculty and students who wish to use or increase their use of digital tools and methods in research. The Center for Black Digital Research ( is comprised of an interdisciplinary, cross-institutional team of 30-35 members who meet regularly on collaborative research projects that include digital archive-building, exhibit making, crowd-sourced transcription projects, community-arts partnerships, and scholarly and digital editions to bring the histories of Black organizing in the long nineteenth century to digital life.

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