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JOB: Digital Studies positions – Univ of Wisconsin, USA

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for four positions in English, Art, Communication Arts, and Library and Information Studies (descriptions below), who will form part of a dynamic, new undergraduate Digital Studies certificate program (


While creating an interdisciplinary program, we also seek to enrich our culturally-diverse intellectual community. Our campus has made faculty diversification a key goal to address the continued achievement gap in learning, and we believe technology-enhanced learning can also play an important role. We thus especially encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, and other underrepresented communities.


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Jon McKenzie

Associate Professor of English – University of Wisconsin

Coordinator – Digital Humanities Initiative – –

6143 Helen C. White – 600 N. Park St. – Madison, WI 53706



English – Assistant or Associate Professor in Digital Studies

The English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks an assistant or beginning associate professor in Digital Studies, to begin in fall of 2011. We seek qualified applicants with a terminal degree in any area of English studies, including literary studies, composition and rhetoric, creative writing, and language and linguistics, and whose primary research/creative interests lie in areas such as digital literacy, electronic literature, digital poetics, new media studies, and digital humanities. Those whose primary interests cross such areas and combine analysis and creativity are especially encouraged to apply. The person hired will also be expected to actively participate and teach roughly half of their courses in the university’s new interdisciplinary Digital Studies program, which aims to enhance students’ media, visual, technology, and information literacies by enabling them to critically analyze and creatively compose with new media and information technologies. For more information about the Department of English and the Digital Studies Initiative, please see and Please submit a CV, a letter describing interests and capabilities, an example of scholarly and/or creative work, and evidence of teaching excellence to Prof. Theresa Kelley, Chair, Digital Studies Search, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 14, 2010. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  EOE/AA. A criminal background check may be required prior to employment.


Art – Assistant or Associate Professor in Digital Foundations

The Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a candidate with proficiency in some or all of the following: digital imaging, vector graphics, web design, 3D Digital, video and Flash. Candidate must be actively engaged with contemporary issues in art and design and demonstrate a strong commitment to studio practices within a fine art studio based program. Candidate must have a record of outstanding professional accomplishments. Two years of college teaching preferred. Preference will be given to individuals with evidence of strong technical skills, creative achievement and demonstrable teaching effectiveness. Associate Professor candidates must possess experience and scholarly credentials suitable for appointment with tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Principal duties: The primary teaching responsibility for this position will be developing and teaching an Introduction to Digital Forms course, an introductory over-view of digital media that will form part of the Art Department’s Foundations class series. There will be additional teaching opportunities in 4D. In addition to research, hired faculty will also be expected to supervise graduate students, and actively participate in a new, inter-departmental undergraduate certificate program that aims to enhance students’ media, visual, technology, and information literacies by enabling them to critically analyze and creatively compose with new media and information technologies. Application should include: A letter of application that addresses your teaching philosophy and studio practice; a resume or CV; the names and contact information for three references including email addresses; a written description of work samples including title and date. 15 examples of professional work (maximum 5 time based) and 10 of student work (maximum 3 time based), 25 examples in total. Images must be saved as jpg, png or gif (5MB max). Videos must be mov, wmv or flv files (60MB max). 640 x 480px is recommended for optimal duration, but not required. All video will be resized to 640 X 480 by the SlideRoom interface before viewing by the committee. Applicants have the option to label uploaded files with the url of full quality versions on video hosting sites such as and, which may be referred to by the committee later in the selection process. Documents must be saved as pdf (10MB max). Audio must be saved as mp3 (5MB max). Please submit application materials to SlideRoom at by 12:00am midnight EST on Fri., Jan. 7, 2011. (Note: SlideRoom will charge a fee of $10.00 to process the application. This fee should be seen as comparable to the materials and the postage required of a hard copy application.) Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their materials via SlideRoom, but may alternatively submit application materials WITH ALL FILES ON CROSS-PLATFORM DATA DVD OR CD via mail to: Digital Foundations Search, C/O Huyen (Gwen) Nguyen, 6241 George L. Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N.Park St., Madison WI 53706.

Communication Arts – Assistant or Associate Professor in Media and Cultural Studies

The Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks applicants for a position at either the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure-track, or Associate Professor in Media and Cultural Studies, to begin in fall 2011. Candidates will be expected to conduct research, develop and teach courses, and supervise graduate students in the critical/cultural analysis of media with a specialization in the area of digital and new media. Those whose work examines issues of gender, industry, global media, and/or convergence are especially encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will contribute to the foundation of a new interdisciplinary digital studies initiative at the university. Ph.D. in a related field and evidence of scholarly excellence and teaching ability are required. See also Please submit a CV, a letter detailing interests and capabilities, an example of scholarly work, evidence of teaching excellence, and arrange to have three references sent to Professor and Chair Susan Zaeske, Media and Cultural Studies Search, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706. The deadline to assure full consideration is September 15, 2010. EOE/AA.  Employment may require a criminal background check. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applicants must be released upon request.  Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. The Department of Communication Arts is committed to building a culturally-diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, and other underrepresented groups. Questions about the search may be directed to Jonathan Gray at


Library and Information Studies – Assistant or Associate Professor

The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of either Assistant Professor or Associate Professor to begin in fall 2011. Candidates will be expected to conduct research, develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, and advise master’s and doctoral students. As part of their course load, the faculty member will teach one undergraduate Digital Studies course per semester with the broad goal of increasing undergraduate students’ media, visual, technology and information literacies. Applicants who have expertise in the following areas are encouraged: children’s and youth online practices, information, or literature; digital curation, preservation, and archives; community engagement and public librarianship; organization of digital information; digital and print culture; transformations in scholarly communication. Applications from outstanding candidates in other areas will also be considered. The successful applicant will contribute to the foundation of a new interdisciplinary digital studies initiative at the university. See also To apply, send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of excellence in teaching, and the names and contact information of three references by October 31st to Anne Murphy Lom, Department Administrator, <> (electronic preferred). Paper mail address: School of Library and Information Studies, 600 N. Park Street, Madison WI 53706. The deadline to assure full consideration is October 31, 2010. EOE/AA.  Employment may require a criminal background check. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. The School of Library and Information Studies is committed to building a culturally-diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, and other underrepresented groups. Questions about the search may be directed to Anne Murphy Lom, Department Administrator at <>.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer; applications from qualified women and minority candidates are encouraged. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the identity of the applicant must be released on request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. A background check may be required prior to employment.