Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Liberal Arts

at Macalester College (view profile)
Location Saint Paul, MN, Minnesota
Date Posted January 16, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Macalester College invites applications for an eleven-month postdoctoral fellowship in the Digital Liberal Arts (Aug. 2019-June 2020), with the possibility of renewal. The position is generously funded by an award to Macalester by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which aims to prepare students and faculty members for active scholarship and citizenship in the digital age. The grant, which is administered by Macalester’s Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, provides professional development and collaborative opportunities among faculty and staff. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of the Director of Digital Liberal Arts (DLA) and will also work with the DLA Working Group, a group of staff and faculty that currently advances DLA scholarship. The DLA Fellow will:

  • Work with Macalester faculty and staff members, chosen through a competitive application process, on digital projects relevant to their teaching and research. Selected faculty members will pledge to work a specific number of hours of work per week on their digital projects in exchange for up to two hours of consulting time with the postdoc each week;
  • Teach one introductory course per year, of the post-doctoral fellow’s own design, in an area chosen in consultation with the Director of DLA, with a preference for candidates interested in teaching an Introduction to Digital Liberal Arts methods class;
  • Lead efforts to improve digital teaching and scholarship on campus, including informal consulting with interested faculty and staff, running small workshops, working with faculty-staff teams to plan workshops related to their projects, attending and assisting with relevant programs, and otherwise maintaining an established presence on campus leading DLA activities;
  • Attend weekly staff meetings at the Serie Center and have regular meetings with the Director of DLA;
  • Consult with the members of the DLA Working Group on efforts to build effective and systematic services advancing DLA work on campus; and
  • Create an open educational resource on best practices for using DLA in teaching and scholarship, which may include creating short tutorials or reference sheets for commonly used resources on campus.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • received a PhD degree in a field that includes significant Digital Humanities expertise;
  • excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • an interest and ability to work with diverse faculty across disciplinary lines; and
  • post-secondary teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

The Mellon post-doctoral DLA fellowship includes $65,000 salary, full-time benefits, and funds to support research and travel.

To apply, please email a PDF of your cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of two references who are familiar with your teaching and scholarship, and a statement of teaching experience and philosophy to: Full consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, 2019. For questions, please contact Acting Serie Center Director and Professor Chris Wells (, 651-696-6803).

Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately three million and is home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s diverse student body comprises over 1900 undergraduates from 49 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 nations. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in teaching and research/creative activity within a liberal arts college community. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

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