Digital Pedagogy Postdoctoral Fellowship | UCI Humanities Core Application deadline extended to October 30, 2015

Department: Humanities Commons

Post Date: August 14, 2015

News Details

Postdoctoral Position

The UCI School of Humanities invites applications for a two-year Digital Pedagogy Postdoctoral Fellow starting January 2016. The postdoctoral fellow will take a leading role in developing and implementing a coordinated approach to digital pedagogy for Humanities Core. This nationally recognized, year-long integrated freshman program of lectures, discussions and intensive writing develops critical reading and writing skills while studying challenging texts and relevant issues in the humanities. The Digital Pedagogy Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded through a major Mellon Foundation grant to the UCI School of Humanities. 

During the first year, the postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the Writing Director to construct a site for instructors that will gather pedagogical materials and present them in an easily accessible format.  The fellow will gain familiarity with the Humanities Core course structure by participating in team meetings and other activities during the final year of the current Core theme “War.” The fellow will also work with the incoming faculty director to develop digital tools for lectures, sections and assignments for the new three-year Humanities Core theme.  In the second year, the postdoctoral fellow will work with the faculty director and teaching team to implement and evaluate digital pedagogical tools for the first year of the new sequence, “Empire and Its Ruins.”

Duties will include:
• Conducting and communicating to colleagues an overview of how other institutions have approached the implementation of digital pedagogy practices.
• Developing models for introducing digital technology in the lecture hall, section meetings, and assignments, as well as providing specialized instruction and guidance in the application of digital tools.
• Developing partnerships with campus-wide resources for digital pedagogy, including organizing trainings by other units for Humanities Core.
• Developing digital pedagogy strategies for possibly expanding Humanities Core beyond the current enrollment.
• Developing and implementing expanded student and instructor websites.
• Developing guidelines regarding how best to evaluate the impact that technology has on students' engagement and learning.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Ph.D. degree in a humanities discipline. The degree must be in hand by December 2016.
• Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
• Experience with digital platforms and technologies, especially in the area of teaching.
• Strong interdisciplinary interests, skills, and experience.
• Flexibility, nimbleness, and creativity, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
• Experience in teaching undergraduates at the university level.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Strong computer skills, including fluency in platforms such as Omeka, Scripto, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, and video and audio editing software. Familiarity with coding and programming (Java Script/HTML) also desirable. 
• Experiences in a digital working environment, such as a library, digital lab, or center.
• Experience in project management and/or in organizing workshops or conferences.

This is a one-year postdoctoral appointment, with expectation of renewal for a second year, in the UCI School of Humanities.  The starting annual salary is $42,480 plus full UCI benefits, with a potential salary increase in the second year.

Application Process
Posting number: JPF03095
Application deadline: October 1, 2015
Applications must include:
• A letter of application that discusses areas of research and teaching, along with experience with digital tools and pedagogy. Please be specific in noting the platforms and tools with which you have experience and the level of your experience (no more than two pages).
• A complete curriculum vitae.
• Statement on digital pedagogy (maximum 2 pages, double-spaced, 11 point font).
• Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide additional materials, including a digital portfolio, if available, and 3 letters of recommendation.

Kazumo Washizuka
Program Manager
Humanities Core

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.