Author Archives: Sharon Leon

About Sharon Leon

Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media; 20th Century US social and cultural history; US Religious History; US Catholic History

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; 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,

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.