UCLA Digital Humanities Academic Administrator

Recruitment Period
Open August 1st, 2017 through October 1st, 2017



Reporting to the Chair of the Digital Humanities Program, the Digital Humanities Academic Administrator is part of the core faculty of the Digital Humanities program and is responsible for developing new courses and teaching in the Digital Humanities program, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and overseeing a variety of student development initiatives. The Academic Administrator will work closely with the Digital Humanities Chair and affiliated faculty to schedule and plan course offerings, place students in mentorships and/or apprenticeships, recruit and advise students, and collaborate with the Library, Centers, and Institutes at UCLA. The Academic Administrator will also teach one digital humanities course per quarter (such as an introductory methods course, an advanced DH content course, an undergraduate or graduate capstone, a mentorship course, or other digital humanities class, which may comprise project management oversight rather than traditionally-defined teaching duties).This position provides a unique opportunity for autonomy and latitude amidst a community of faculty and staff who are committed to helping this person to succeed. We encourage the person in this position to develop his or her research agenda, and we allocate 20% of work time for that purpose.



The candidate must have a PhD, preferably in the humanities, and must be familiar with the development and application of a wide-range of computational technologies in the humanities; the candidate must have experience developing and teaching interdisciplinary courses that use technology in innovative ways to teach digital literacy and advance humanities research questions; the candidate must also possess strong interpersonal skills to bring together diverse faculty, students, and staff in realizing collaborative projects. The candidate must be specifically knowledgeable about the history, literature, and methodologies of the field of digital humanities (which may overlap with, but we consider to be different from, online pedagogy or instructional technology). Administrative experience in a humanities academic program is highly desirable. Knowledge of a wide-range of computational technologies and web-based tools is essential for the position. The ability to work independently and to set one’s own goals are key, as is dedication to seeing students succeed. We especially value experience working with diverse groups of students, and a commitment to ensuring that everyone flourishes.


The duties of the position are broken down as follows:


Teaching, Advising, and Curriculum Development (50%):

  • Teach one introductory, advanced, capstone, mentorship, or other digital humanities course per quarter (total of three for the academic year). The courses may be split between graduate and undergraduate classes based on programmatic needs determined in consultation with the Chair.
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the program.
  • Work closely with the Chair and Digital Humanities faculty to coordinate course offerings, schedule classes, and organize regular "brain trust" meetings for faculty and students.
  • Work closely with faculty, department chairs, and divisional staff to advertise and recruit students for the program.
  • Oversee the research mentorship and capstone requirements for the undergraduate and graduate program by coordinating with the Digital Humanities faculty, the Center for Digital Humanities, the Library, the Institute for Digital Research and Education, the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, and other affiliated centers to help students develop, carry out, and preserve capstone projects.
  • Develop contacts with private industry and the nonprofit sector for apprenticeship opportunities for students and facilitate student involvement.


Evaluation, Outreach, and Community-Building (20%)

  • Work closely with the Library and UCLA’s emerging “Digital Research Commons” to develop collaborative programs and curricular opportunities.
  • In consultation with the chair, faculty, students, and other program stakeholders, evaluate where the program’s strengths lie, where they might be strengthened, and what resources will be needed to achieve this.
  • Plan events (such as workshops, talks, or other get-togethers) to build cohesion among the DH community at UCLA.
  • Evaluate, revise, update, and maintain the program’s website, social media feeds, and newsletter.
  • Help DH students to identify and prepare for career opportunities following graduation.
  • Become a familiar, trustworthy, and respected collaborator with a variety of campus units.


External Program Development (10%)

  • Act as a liaison with the UC Humanities Research Institute and, where possible, the other UC campuses to develop collaborative opportunities for faculty research and teaching in Digital Humanities.
  • Identify grants and work with faculty to pursue institutional development opportunities through foundations and granting agencies.
  • Help organize symposia and institutes that have a national and international impact.
  • Promote outreach and interaction with national and international media.
  • Maintain an active blog and social media presence.


Independent and/or Collaborative Research (20%)

  • Maintain an active research agenda in various fields within the digital humanities
  • Present papers and attend conferences to showcase both your research and the DH program at UCLA.
  • Pursue grants and other collaborative opportunities for advancing research and teaching in DH.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy visit: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct


Required Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample
  • Course Syllabi
  • Project Websites (Optional)
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)



  • 3-5 references required (contact information only)


Apply online at: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03207.