Digital & Public Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher

at University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, United States

Job Description


Job Title:

Digital & Public Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher


Hall Center for the Humanities

Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:

40%- IDRH Programming and Administration

—To be determined in consultation and collaboration with IDRH staff; may include activities such as:

+ Design and implement IDRH workshops each semester and/or help establish an overarching training program for Digital Humanities/DH skills (for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty);

+ Develop instructional materials for a range of DH activities (methods, platforms, etc);

+ Coordinate particular IDRH initiatives, such as the DH Fellows Program, opportunities to facilitate interactions with faculty and graduate students;

+ Community outreach, which can include graduate students as well as institutions beyond KU, such as regional museums, libraries, and other public groups.

50%- Research

- Conduct research on a substantial, publishable project in either the digital or public humanities while in residence at the Hall Center;

- Participate in the Hall Center’s intellectual environment by attending seminars, colloquia, and other relevant scholarly development programs;

- Present on research at conferences of national or international status;

- Publish research works.

10% Other

- Other duties as assigned after consultation with the Hall Center Director (e.g., mentoring Undergraduate Fellows, assisting with grant proposals).

At the University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance. The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States and is located 40 miles west of Kansas City and 30 miles east of Topeka, the state capitol.

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Work Schedule:

40 hours/week

FLSA Status:


Conditions of Employment:

Contingent on Funding, Limited Term

Contact Information to Applicants:

Andrew Hodgson,

Limited Term End Date:


Required Qualifications:

1. PhD in a Humanities discipline. ABD candidates must have the PhD conferred within six months from the date of hire.

2. Two years of experience working in interdisciplinary humanities environments, in a scholarly, teaching, or research capacity (e.g. cross-disciplinary coursework, research methodology in past projects, or work in an administrative capacity at an institution of higher education, museum, or library).

3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, as evidenced by application materials, interview, and references.

4. Familiarity with theory and/or methods in Digital Humanities.

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6-months.

Employee Class:

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Advertised Salary Range:

$50,000 – $65,000



Preferred Qualifications:

1. Commitment to contributing to a climate valuing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

2. Experience with academic project planning, management, or consultative services.

3. Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to take initiative, and set and meet deadlines.

4. Interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative/team environment as demonstrated by application materials.

5. Experience with community outreach.

Position Overview:

The Hall Center for the Humanities, one of eleven designated research centers at the University of Kansas and the only research center on campus dedicated to promoting humanities scholarship, is searching for a Postdoctoral Researcher to engage in digital and public humanities research and programming. Recognized as an international, collaborative research center focused on the humanities, the Hall Center provides an intellectual hub for scholars and students in the Humanities, Arts, and humanistic Social Sciences; it fosters interdisciplinary conversation across the university and globally. Through its public programming, the Hall Center makes visible the significance and continued relevance of Humanities research, engaging diverse communities across the state in dialogue about local, national, and global issues that Humanities research illuminates.

The Digital and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher will become an integral part of the Hall Center’s scholarly community, attending lectures and seminars and occasionally assisting the Director of the Hall Center with programming and initiatives, such as the Undergraduate Fellows Program. The successful candidate will also be actively involved with KU’s Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH). IDRH duties involve serving as a core member of the team that plans and carries out IDRH programs and activities, such as DH workshops, the DH Fellows Program, and community outreach.

This assortment of collaborative tasks will provide the postdoctoral fellow with valuable experience in project management and an opportunity to participate in the substantive intellectual work of the Hall Center and IDRH while pursuing their own DH research. The position is a limited-term appointment from August 2024 through June 2026.



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Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

A complete application package will include a cover letter describing your qualifications for the position, a resume, and a list of three (3) professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Initial review will begin March 1st, 2024, and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.

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Job Posting: JC252841405

Posted On: Dec 22, 2023

Updated On: Mar 17, 2024

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