Monthly Archives: February 2013

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at Dickinson

Please spread the word about this job opportunity! Application review begins March 15, 2013.

With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dickinson College invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in Digital Humanities in the academic year 2013-14, with the potential for an additional year of support. The Fellow will work as a catalyst for faculty innovation by planning, promoting, and implementing strategies to encourage faculty discourse about pedagogy, e-learning tools, and the integration of digital media into teaching and scholarship. The postdoctoral fellowship is an academic appointment reporting to the Dean of the College through the faculty chair of the Digital Humanities Advisory Committee, but the Fellow will be housed alongside the Academic Technology staff in the Library and Information Services division. The Fellow will a) teach one or two courses each year within his or her area of academic specialty; b) guide and participate in workshops for arts, humanities, and humanistic social science faculty regarding disciplinary use of digital tools for curricular and research purposes; and c) work with LIS staff to train students to use digital tools and technologies in order to prepare them for significant student-faculty research collaborations. The Fellow will be eligible for internal grants for pedagogical innovation, as well as standard faculty support for travel and professional development. The salary will be $50,000 plus benefits. Dickinson College is a private, highly selective, liberal arts college located within two hours of major research institutions and metropolitan areas.

The Fellow must normally have received the PhD by July 1, 2013, and within the last three years, and not have held a tenure-track position. Candidates should be conducting research that requires demonstrated expertise in the use of Digital Humanities in their scholarly field.

For further information and to apply, please visit the Dickinson HR website and click on “Faculty.”

For more about digital humanities at Dickinson, please visit:


NITLE Seminar: Teaching and Learning with Omeka

NITLE sponsors an ongoing series of videoconference seminars of interest to faculty working in the digital humanities, academic technologists, and librarians at liberal arts colleges. The next one has to do with in an important tool called Omeka, which is particularly useful for managing collections of images. The following is reposted from NITLE’s website. A group will gather to watch in the Academic Technology conference room in the basement of Bosler Hall. I hope you can join us!
–Chris Francese

Sharon Leon (Center for History and New Media, George Mason University), “Focus on the Item: Teaching and Learning with Omeka”

February 22, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians and others from the NITLE Network interested in building online collections and narrative exhibits with students to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EST)

Hosted online via NITLE’s videoconferencing platform

In this conversation, Sharon Leon, Director of Public Projects at the Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media will introduce Omeka, a free and open source web publishing platform for scholars and cultural heritage professionals, and, a hosted version of the software. Leon will offer an overview of the main elements of an Omeka site and some of the ways that the open source software’s functionality can be extended through the addition of plugins. Next, she will showcase some of the ways that faculty are using Omeka in liberal arts classrooms by working with students to build digital collections and constructing narrative exhibits, both as individual projects and as group work. Participants in the discussion will come away with an understanding of a range of constructive assignments for students that focus their attention on a careful examination of cultural heritage materials, and that result in non-traditional narrative assessments.

Recommended Reading

Sharon Leon is the Director of Public Projects at the Center for History and New Media and Research Associate Professor at George Mason University. Leon received her bachelors of arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1997, and her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Her book, An Image of God: the Catholics Struggle with Eugenics is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press (May 2013). Her work has appeared in Church History and the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. She is currently doing research on Catholicism in the United States after Vatican II. At CHNM, Leon oversees collaborations with library, museum, and archive partners from around the country. She directs the Center’s digital exhibit and archiving projects, as well as research and tool development for public history, including Omeka and Scripto. Finally, Leon writes and presents on using technology to improve the teaching and learning of historical thinking skills.


Please register online by Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.


For more information about this event, please contact Rebecca Davis at