University of Oregon, Department of English

Position ID:Oregon-English-DH [#14378, Assistant Professor]
Position Title: Digital Humanities, Assistant Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Eugene, Oregon 97403-1286, United States [map]
Subject Area: English / Digital Humanities
Appl Deadline:2019/11/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/09/06, finished 2020/03/13, listed until 2019/11/30)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The English Department at the University of Oregon seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in Digital Humanities (DH) to begin in Fall 2020. We seek candidates with research expertise in any aspect of Digital Humanities, including artificial intelligence, critical computation/code studies, cultural analytics, data/data visualization, digital archives/collections, digital culture, digital editions/publishing, digital literacy, digital literary stylistics, digital mapping, digital pedagogy, digital public humanities, digital tools/platforms and text analysis, digital tools as an object of study, distant/close/surface reading, game studies, interactive narrative, practices of making and coding, programming languages, or user interface design. A Ph.D. in English, American Studies, Comparative Literature, or related humanistic field is required by time of appointment.

The Department of English is dedicated to building a diverse faculty and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from scholars who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with students from racially, ethnically, economically, or otherwise diverse backgrounds. We especially welcome applications from scholar-practitioners who have used digital tools and/or DH methodologies to creatively address issues of diversity and inclusion, such as race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, language, nationality, religion, and ability.

The English Department offers students a broad foundation in British, American, and Anglophone literary studies, as well as a minor in DH. Competitive applicants will be capable of outstanding research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including but not limited to DH and literary/cultural studies courses. Current teaching load is five ten-week courses per year, some of which will be in the DH minor. Salary is competitive.

DH is a growing area of interest and community of practice both in the English department and across campus. The DH minor reflects a rising interest in DH among undergraduates. DH@UO regularly holds DH events, such as graduate symposia, speaker series, and DH workshops. We have plans to continue building new DH courses and opportunities for UO students and faculty.

Applicant cover letters should include information about how they will further equity and inclusion in our department and on our campus. Candidates should also note experience teaching and/or mentoring women and members of historically underrepresented communities. Cover letters must articulate a DH research agenda and relevant projects or experiences; demonstrate knowledge of DH research methods, theoretical concepts, or technical applications; and describe ability to teach DH courses.

We welcome applicants who have additional strengths, specialization, and/or experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Teaching and advising students in DH curriculum and/or on cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and/or public-facing digital humanities projects
  • Experience using and/or teaching digital tools and coding languages
  • Experience with administrative collaboration and/or program building (supporting a minor or center, creating a certificate, etc.)

Please submit the following items online at Academic Jobs Online by November 30, 2019 (9 pm pacific time) to complete your application: 

Cover letter (we prefer no more than 2 pages); curriculum vitae; writing sample (20 pages); and teaching portfolio (including a statement of teaching philosophy, list of courses taught, and 1-2 sample syllabi of courses taught or courses you would like to teach). If your writing sample addresses a digital project you’ve created, please include a brief written description (a paragraph) and link to site or working prototype; and/or send a URL to a brief (3-4 minute maximum) screen-cast tutorial with a walk-through of the project site.

The search committee will begin reading applications on November 2, 2019. Candidates who advance to the next stage will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation by December 1. Video interviews take place in early January 2020 and campus visits in mid-January through February 2020.

The University of Oregon is one of only two members of the Association of American Universities in the Pacific Northwest and holds a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a city of 157,000 with a range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional homelands and political territories of the Kalapuya peoples of the Willamette Valley, the descendants of whom are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

Please contact us with questions:
Department of English 1286 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-1286

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Department of English
1286 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1286