Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities Information Specialist

West Lafayette, IN
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Salary: $71,000 minimum
Created: November 28, 2022


Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities Information Specialist

The Purdue Libraries seek an Assistant Professor who will join a vibrant group of faculty in the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies to teach and apply innovative digital methods to humanistic research questions. The faculty member will teach courses that contribute to the Libraries’ co-sponsored graduate and undergraduate certificates in Digital Humanities; support and partner with faculty and students on DH research and teaching projects; and collaborate with University units and centers to leverage campus resources to apply toward digital projects. We are particularly interested in candidates who have interest or experience in one or more of the following areas: the social and ethical implications of digital technologies; multilingual text-analysis; machine learning/artificial intelligence within DH; game studies/game making; critical digital humanities.

Successful candidate will:

·       Develop and teach courses, workshops and embedded instruction, as appropriate, that incorporates active-learning methods and information and data literacy concepts;

·       Create instructional materials, online educational objects, and/or lesson plans to help advance Libraries instructional programs, including dedicated certificate programs in DH;

·       Provide individual consultations with faculty and students on digital humanities projects.

·       Identify and implement emerging technologies and tools relevant to supporting digital scholarship in the humanities;

·       Maintain a strong commitment to diversity and promoting and sustaining a multicultural environment for learning;

·       Lead and/or collaborate on sponsored research;

·       Meet the criteria for promotion and tenure, including teaching and librarianship, research and scholarship, engagement, and service in Library and University governance. Faculty are also expected to engage actively in mentoring, advising, and supporting the academic success of undergraduate and graduate students.

About Purdue Libraries

Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, the recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in University Libraries from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is at the forefront of academic librarianship, redefining the role of the academic research library in learning, discovery, and engagement activities of Purdue University. Libraries faculty and staff are deeply involved in information literacy instruction and instructional design, development of new learning and lab spaces, scholarly communication, data management, and global outreach. Libraries faculty have expanded their collaborative endeavors with faculty across the university in integrating information literacy into the core curriculum.


•       Requires a terminal degree in library/information science (a master’s from an ALA-accredited or equivalent school) or a terminal degree in a relevant field (typically a doctorate);

•       Ability to deliver effective information literacy and digital humanities instruction;

•       Demonstrated experience with digital humanities tools and techniques;

•       Excellent oral and written communication skills;

•       Interest or experience fostering a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive educational environment;

•       Capacity to develop and implement a robust research program;

•       Ability to prioritize and adjust to a dynamic environment.

Preferred Qualifications: 

•       Interest or experience working with computational text analysis in R or Python

Salary and Benefits

The minimum salary for this position is $71,000.

Faculty tenure-track position with an Academic Year (AY) appointment. Rank of assistant professor.

Start-up funds in support of research are provided for computer/software/equipment, for travel/professional development, and for a half time graduate assistant for two years.

Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse.

Purdue provides dual career assistance and relocation services.

Relocation funding will be available and discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Application Procedure

Applications need to be submitted to this link: and need to include the following:

1.     Cover letter addressing your interest in this position and how you meet the qualifications;

2.     Complete curriculum vitae;

3.     Statement of research and teaching combined;

4.     At least three names of reference.

Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University’s Libraries and School of Information Studies is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.

A background check will be required for employment in this position. 

Review of applications and interviews will begin January 9, 2023, and will continue until position is filled. 

Inquires can be sent to Carole Tolley, Lead Administrative Assistant at

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.





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Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2022 18:06 UTC

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