Digital Scholarship Librarian/English Assistant Professor - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

United States


Detailed Job Description

The University of Alabama seeks a faculty librarian to hold a split appointment (60/40) in the University Libraries and the Department of English to continue our excellent support of digital scholarship at The University of Alabama. In addition to conducting his or her own research and teaching in the Department of English, the successful candidate will serve as an ambassador within the University of Alabama faculty to promote the resources and community of the Alabama Digital Humanities Center (ADHC).

Digital Scholarship Librarian/English Professor

The University of Alabama seeks a faculty librarian to hold a split appointment (60/40) in the University Libraries and the Department of English to continue our excellent support of digital scholarship at The University of Alabama. In addition to conducting his or her own research and teaching in the Department of English, the successful candidate will serve as an ambassador within the University of Alabama faculty to promote the resources and community of the Alabama Digital Humanities Center (ADHC).

A program of the University Libraries, the ADHC ( is a space and a community of over 90 faculty and staff members from American Studies, Art and Art History, Communication and Information Sciences, Continuing Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Gender and Race Studies, History, the Libraries, Honors, Modern Languages and Classics, Music, UA Press, and the Center for Community-Based Partnerships. The facility is outfitted with a high-tech array of equipment, specialized software, presentation space, high-definition virtual conferencing capabilities, and group and individual workspace. The initiative has evolved through collaboration and represents a growing and dynamic community on campus. Housed in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, a central gathering point on campus, the Center was built through generous support from the University Libraries, the Office of Information Technology, and a generous gift from Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Taylor. Open now for nearly five years, the Center has hosted graduate digital humanities classes, numerous guest lectures, monthly brown-bag discussion gatherings, private project consultations, tool training sessions, project work, and community conversations.

The successful candidate will devote 60% time to outreach activities promoting the digital humanities and the mission of the ADHC and 40% time to conducting his or her own research and teaching in the Department of English, likely one course per semester, including:
• Teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels within the candidate’s academic specialty and in keeping with departmental needs.
• Conduct appropriate scholarly research within the candidate’s academic specialty.
• Work closely with the Libraries faculty and staff in organizing and leading lunch discussions, training workshops, and other public events related to the digital humanities. As the ADHC operates in a team atmosphere, the successful candidate will be expected to take an active role in the established community to help the ADHC maintain a responsive environment and to assess its impact.
• Provide consultations by appointment to work with faculty and students on digital humanities projects.
• Coordinate the ADHC speaker series.
• Promote the work of the ADHC, including communications about ADHC events and projects, publishing web site content, and engaging with the ADHC community through social media.
• Offer relevant workshops throughout the academic year.
• Guide the planning and execution of events such as THATCamp Alabama and the Digitorium.
• Supervise one technical specialist.

The position will report to the Associate Dean for Branch Libraries and Digital Student Services to whom the digital humanities center reports in the Libraries. The tenure home for this position is the University Libraries and progress toward promotion and tenure will be governed by the University of Alabama Faculty Handbook and Supplemental Criteria and Standards for Promotion and Tenure for University Libraries Faculty. Evaluative feedback with regard to teaching and research in the Department of English will be provided to the University Libraries by the English department chair.

The following degree and experience combinations will be considered:

• PhD in English and a Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution.
• A minimum of 2 years post-graduate degree experience in a research library.
• Substantial experience working on digital scholarship/humanities projects of your own and other scholars.
• A well-developed scholarly agenda.
• Experience planning and hosting events.
• University-level teaching experience.

Candidate must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be motivated and organized, and have the ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, and staff. The candidate must be knowledgeable about digital scholarship/humanities centers and current and emerging trends in such centers. The candidate must possess knowledge and experience with a broad variety of digital humanities methods and technologies, and have documented experience working in dynamic environments where new services are tested, evaluated, and adapted.

Demonstrated familiarity with typical academic software used by students and faculty in the humanities. Experience with project management.

About the University of Alabama:
Founded in 1831 as Alabama’s first public college, The University of Alabama ( is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service. We provide a creative, nurturing campus environment where our students can become the best individuals possible, can learn from the best and brightest faculty, and can make a positive difference in the community, the state and the world. The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a community of nearly 100,000 residents. Tuscaloosa is about 59 miles southwest of Birmingham. The campus is noted for its historical architecture, long-standing traditions, and Natural History Museum. Current enrollment is approximately 36,000. The community and surrounding area offer a broad range of cultural and recreational activities.

The College of Arts and Sciences ( is the University’s largest division, with approximately 9,000 undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students.

The University of Alabama Libraries ( ranks 73rd among 115 U.S. and Canadian university libraries qualifying for membership in the Association of Research Libraries and 37th among libraries at publicly funded universities in the U.S., belonging to ARL. The Libraries is also a member of the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Digital Library Federation, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. The Libraries maintains an ongoing program to digitize special collections, supported in part by a $1.5 million gift. Among its research collections, both in print and online, the Libraries’ special collections pertaining to the history, culture, and economic development of the South are nationally recognized for their breadth and depth. Noteworthy strengths are in Southern economic, political and social history; Civil Rights; and African-American studies. An extensive photo archive of the South, ca. 1850 to the present (largely unpublished and unstudied), oral histories of prominent national and Civil Rights figures, sheet music, sound recordings in a broad range of formats and subjects, and extensive collections of historical documents, literary archives, and correspondence round out the collections. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public.

The University of Alabama English Department ( seeks to cultivate the arts of reading, writing, and speaking the English language. We encourage the creation and interpretation of imaginative works of literature; we strive for a mastery of composition, linguistics, literary history, and theory. We challenge our students to read, write, and think in a sophisticated and critical fashion; to understand the historical evolutions of American and English literatures; to participate in the development of knowledge through scholarly research, publication, and creative writing; and to provide meaningful service, to the state and nation, as teachers, writers, and scholars. The department offers graduate programs in Literature (specialization: Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies), Composition/Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Creative Writing.

Full-time, tenure-track position. Competitive salary. Excellent benefits. Moving allowance may be available.

To Apply:
Please apply online at A letter of application, resume, and names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references should be included.

Position open until filled. Applications received by October 15, 2015 are assured of receiving full consideration.


Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

Keyword Phrases

  • The Capstone of Higher Education
  • Student Centered Research University
  • Fostering a diverse student body & workforce
  • Libraries
  • Library Science
  • English / Literature
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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