Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Digital History @ George Mason University

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The George Mason University, Department of History and Art History, home of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Digital History at the rank of Assistant Professor. The teaching load is 2-2.


While the historical field is open, candidates must have the ability to teach digital theory and methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels including a graduate course in programming (e.g., PHP, Python, Perl, JavaScript, XML). Ph.D. must be in-hand by August 2014.

George Mason University is a public research university located approximately 14 miles from Washington, D.C., with over 30,000 students. The Department of History and Art History has a strong record of scholarly research and is home to the award-winning Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. The department also has the largest M.A. program in the country and a nationally ranked Ph.D. program.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F5343z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a letter of interest, CV, and a writing sample and/or a link to a digital project. Letters of reference should be sent separately to Professor Paula Petrik, Chair, Digital History Search, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University, MSN 3G1, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of History (Digital Humanities) (IUPUI)

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Indiana University-Purdue University
Indianapolis (IUPUI)
IU School of Liberal Arts
Department of History
Start date: August 1, 2014
Title: Assistant Professor of History (Digital Humanities)

The Department of History at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) seeks a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in Digital Humanities, to begin August 1, 2014. We are looking for a scholar with a strong academic background in historical research. Period and area of specialization are open. Ph.D. required by August 1, 2014.

The successful candidate’s research should integrate the theoretical perspectives and digital tools of the evolving field of digital humanities and demonstrate the potential to produce significant scholarship. While technical skills, such as programming or expertise in database design would be beneficial, we are looking for candidates who have a firm understanding of the critical application of digital tools, the desire to continuously develop their technical expertise, and the ability to collaborate with specialists across the disciplines in order to build digital humanities capacity on campus. The IUPUI campus as well as Indiana University offer significant research support opportunities for digital scholarship within and across disciplines.

Teaching responsibilities include history survey courses and upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in digital humanities and the candidate’s fields of expertise. We seek a candidate interested in working with graduate students, the majority of which are in our nationally recognized MA Program in Public History.

IUPUI is one of the Midwest’s premier urban universities, with more than 30,000 students enrolled on a campus adjacent to downtown Indianapolis. The entire metropolitan area counts nearly 1.8 million residents and hosts museums, historical organizations, libraries, archives, and government agencies (many within walking distance of campus). The department and the public history program enjoy long-standing partnerships with many of these organizations. Our nationally-ranked programs reflect our institution’s traditions in interdisciplinary cooperation, innovative thinking, and community partnerships. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong record of community engagement and public scholarship.

Please send a letter of application, which includes evidence of digital scholarship, curriculum vitae, and three current letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically to the IUPUI Department of History, history@iupui.edu.

IUPUI is an EEO/AA employer, M/F/D, and encourages applications from women and minority candidates. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process must provide sufficient advanced notice to Ms. Amy Schramm, 425 University Blvd., CA 504L, Indianapolis, IN 46202, (317) 274-5840.

AHA Statement on Embargoing Dissertations

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Digital Historians, as many of you know, the American Historical Association’s Council adopted a statement at their July meeting encouraging the embargoing of dissertations for six years. This statement has generated a great deal of conversation on twitter and in the world of digital history about the changing conditions of scholarly communication and the kinds of leadership and direction the AHA should be taking on these matters:

We can and should certainly continue this conversation here:

  • What are the implications for those of us working in digital history?
  • What about our students who are working on digital dissertations?
  • Shouldn’t our focus be on the quality of the scholarship, not necessarily on the form of transmission?
  • Has anyone had a bad experience with a publisher because too much material was already available?
  • What about article publications?
  • What should we be saying to tenure and promotion committees about their duty to evaluate a range of forms of scholarship?

Site performance

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[Okay — I’ve implemented the caching plugin. I think this will really help. –sml]

Hi everyone,

I know that the site is running slow — hanging on load, etc. I’ve got a highly recommended caching plugin that should help with that. Once I get it set up, things should get better.

For now, I appreciate your patience and your enthusiasm about coming together to share our work in digital history.

Take care,


Calling all Digital Historians

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Lots of active historians do digital work, and we should be doing more to connect with one another so that we know about ongoing work and can foster collaboration.

So, register yourself, and you can tell us about your work, your ideas, and the ways that you are interacting with other digital historians. Join a Group or start one. Get involved.

Everyone is welcome!

[Resolved with ReCaptcha (June 9, 2013)] The spam users have found us, but I would still like to leave the registration open for now with subscriber permissions that I will upgrade for real members as soon as I possibly can.

Eventually, I’ll have to look for some volunteer administrators/editors.

Help Build the Wiki

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Hi all, I started a few pages in the “Wiki” section of this site, devoted to sharing links to “Resources,” broadly defined. I know that’s an overly obvious thing for us to do, but it does seem like a good starting point, and a way for some of us to start getting involved with the site (and getting used to this Commons In a Box software). There’s no need to reinvent existing wheels, however, so if there are other good portals or aggregators of useful digital-historical tools or content, please point to those too.

For now, if you go to “Wiki” from the lefthand menu, you’ll see a listing of pages with their metadata. That will change to something more elegant at some point soon. In the meantime, click into the individual pages, or go to http://www.digitalhistorians.org/wiki/digital-history-resources/ which has links to the other Resource pages.

Nothing is carved in stone here, so please improve the pages as you see fit. And by all means please start other pages! They can be “children” of the “Resources” page (if so, please add a link to the main “Resources” page), or you can dive in on some entirely different topic. Just keep in mind that each of the groups can also make its own wiki, so try to stick to site-wide topics of interest in the general one.


ps. As I learned the hard way, avoid using colons in your wiki page titles.


History of this Site

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For those who are finding us via Twitter, Facebook or word of mouth, etc., I thought I’d fill in a bit of background about the appearance of this digital historians site on a particular Friday in June. It was introduced by Sharon Leon at the “Working Group for Digital Historians” unconference session at THATCamp Prime, proposed at http://chnm2013.thatcamp.org/06/06/working-group-for-digital-historians/. You’ll also find a link on that page, at lower right, to the “Notepad” of session notes created collaboratively during the session (or go directly to http://chnm2013.thatcamp.org/notepads/digital-historians-working-group/).

(Update 6/9: Recommended Twitter hashtag is #dhist.)

Thanks go to Sharon for creating  the session proposal and this site!


Analysis and Visualization for Oral Interviews

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I’m sitting in the colloquium at DHSI looking at some slides of different textual analysis and visualization tools and wondering: what existing tools would be good for looking at oral interviews? Can we use out of the box tools that are already out there, or does the nature of the interview and transcriptions of recorded speech require new ones?

THATCamp 2013: Teaching Digital

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At the request of some folks who couldn’t make it to Virginia for  THATCamp Prime, I recorded the first part of Jeff McClurken’s session on teaching digital. Video runs about an hour. I apologize for any blips in video or audio, it’s the best I could get from the camera on my laptop and Google Hangouts on Air.

The document on screen is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GNbwozFt–ab_RyReU7WumOtSZuNmYhUazhSljIk8RQ/edit#heading=h.o29zpwsm8wx

Four Flavors of Digital History

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Given out discussion at THATcamp I thought it might be useful to start this off with a run down of genres of digital history. When someone asks me what digital history is my answer generally will involve reference to these four distinct kinds of things.

  1. Computational analysis and interpretation of historical sources: Everything from Word Clouds to Topic Modeling. This includes both cliometrics and those who swear by the screwmeneutical imperative.
  2. Collecting and/or preserving born-digital primary sources:From disk images of hardrives, to archived webpages. This includes but is not limited to photos on flickr, presidential emails, lolcats, the stuxnet virus, sensor-net data, the source code of ninja gaiden 2, the interface of instagram, yelp reviews of the Statue of Liberty & an assortment of punch cards from the 1890s & the plug board of an enigma machine.
  3. Digital modes for presenting, organizing, and distributing historical interpretation: From building software to support historical research, These might include presenting historical games and simulations as publications or creating software for exhibiting cultural heritage collections on the web, creating digital exhibitions to communicate historical analysis.
  4. Code: Digital History often requires code to scape web pages, clean texts, transform CSV files and perform various other sundry tasks, on both large and small scales. Have you written something you’d like others to use? Or found some hidden python scripts at GitHub? Post them here!