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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Al Dean Administration 40000794
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Continuing System Academic Staff, Education/Training

Position Summary

The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) at Michigan State University seeks a continuing system specialist in Literature, Cognitive Science, and Digital Humanities (DH) to participate in ongoing initiatives in history of the mind, literary cognition, and digital humanities as manager of the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab (DHLC) and academic specialist in digital humanities. This is a 12-month position at 100% time. This specialist will join the Digital Humanities & Literary Cognition Lab (DHLC), an international leader in cultivating interdisciplinary projects across literature, cognitive science, digital humanities, and disability studies, including experiments in literary neuroscience, research in the history of the mind, outreach in the form of accessible art exhibitions, as well as the development and application of a creative array of digital technologies for interdisciplinary research and teaching. The DHLC currently houses approximately 25 students, both graduate and undergraduate, across the arts and sciences, working on cutting-edge interdisciplinary research bringing applied digital humanities to experiments on the neuroscience of novel reading, the neuroaesthetics of poetry, and narrative responses to music as well as outreach in medical humanities and accessible art. Faculty and students in the DHLC collaborate with a range of global leaders and institutions, including Stanford, NYU, Max Plank, U. Vienna, Umea University of Sweden, U. Arkansas, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as lead faculty in the College of Arts and Letters, the Cognitive Science Program, DH@MSU, Engineering, Radiology, the Digital Scholarship Lab, Music, and the MSU School of Business. For more on the DHLC, see

This specialist’s work at the DHLC will contribute actively to the mission of DH@MSU, joining a lively community of researchers and teachers to pursue their own long-term goals as an interdisciplinary researcher and scholar in ways that build on the diverse strengths in digital scholarship and pedagogy across the MSU community. For more on DH@MSU, see

Specific job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Interdisciplinary Research at the DHLC

  • Coordinating current interdisciplinary projects at the DHLC and generating new initiatives, working with global collaborators as well as faculty and students across disciplines at MSU to advance interdisciplinary research at the intersection of humanities, cognitive science, and digital humanities.
  • Participating in an active research agenda, including co-authored and independent publications, presentations of interdisciplinary work, and innovative project design.
  • Bringing digital humanities tools to the analysis of interdisciplinary datasets, integrating cognitive, computational, and literary-artistic modes of analysis.
  • Collaborating with lead faculty at the DHLC on grant writing and administration, applying for independent grants as desired.
  • Mentoring and supervising student researchers at the DHLC, encouraging them to develop independent research projects and to present/publish their work both locally and nationally.
  • Monitoring lab accounts, budgets, and payment, including hiring student researchers, organizing and approving bi-weekly time-sheets, and assisting department staff with student payroll and grants
  • Proctoring participants in interdisciplinary behavioral and neuroscientific studies, including work with IRB
  • Assisting with and diversifying existing public outreach initiatives at the DHLC in medical humanities and accessible art.

Teaching & Collaborating with DH@MSU

  • Teaching 1 course per year in digital humanities
  • Serving as a Core Faculty member in the DH@MSU community, acting as a liaison between the DHLC and other digital humanities groups on campus as well as the Center for Interdisciplinarity and the Exceptions Journal
  • Assisting students in managing the lab’s website and social media to sustain and raise public visibility of interdisciplinary research at the DHLC and DH@MSU

Required Degree


Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • Graduate degree (Ph.D. desirable) in a field related to humanities scholarship, cognitive literary studies, digital humanities, or the humanistic aspects of the social, behavioral, and information sciences, with demonstrated training in literary studies and one of the following: psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience (or a related field)
  • Demonstrated proficiency/fluency with one or more technologies commonly used in digital humanities projects (e.g., social network analysis, text encoding, database design and development, textual mapping, GIS, data visualization, sentiment analytics, topic modeling)
  • Demonstrated familiarity with methods, research, and technologies commonly used in cognitive studies of the arts, music, literature, film, and/or user experience
  • A clear understanding of different publication processes in humanities and sciences
  • Demonstrated interest in building inclusive learning environments, including experience in research, teaching, and/or community outreach that engages issues of accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion.    
  • Demonstrated interest in building inclusive learning environments, including research, teaching, or community engagement and outreach experience engaging issues of accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey technical concepts to non-technical partners and across disciplines

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience exploring diverse data (qualitative and quantitative), demonstrating a basic knowledge of statistics and the ability to move between key questions and methods in the humanities and in cognitive science
  • Strong knowledge of current digital humanities trends and experience teaching digital humanities concepts
  • Experience with development and management of projects, grants, and/or budgets.
  • Hands-on experience working across humanities and sciences
  • Demonstrated experience leading or collaborating with researchers (students and professionals) in the humanities and sciences across colleges and departments
  • Strong organization and leadership skills
  • Record of professional presentations, publications, and digital humanities project development
  • Experience proctoring behavioral studies in line with IRB confidentiality and ethics    requirements
  • Interest in the use, refinement or development/design of digital humanities tools for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach
  • Demonstrated strengths in problem solving, teamwork and adaptability to change, focus on service and continuous learning for self ­improvement

Required Application Materials

Applications should include: 

  • A letter expressing interest in this position and describing qualifications and experience
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • The names and email addresses of 3 potential referees,
  • A statement that summarizes experience with diversity in the classroom, in past or planned research endeavors, in mentoring diverse students, and/or in community outreach initiatives, and explains how the applicant will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin July 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website,

For more information contact Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of English,

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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Department Statement

The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) promotes an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members in order to achieve true excellence. CAL is interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. The Department of English has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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