Last week I was happy to point to the posting of our Humanities Research Design Consultant as an indicator that our Humanities in a Digital Age initiative is gaining momentum.

This week, I want to point to another such indicator: the recent posting by our Department of African American Studies for an Assistant Professor of African American Studies who has a “demonstrable expertise in digital humanities.” The key word in this formulation, it seems to me, is ‘demonstrable’.  We are looking forward to hearing how scholar are performing digital humanities research in African American Studies.  Here is the text of the entire job posting (emphasis mine):

The Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts, invites applications for a tenure-stream position in its new Department of African American Studies. The position is to be filled at the rank of assistant professor.

Applicants should have demonstrable teaching experience or potential and scholarly credentials commensurate with a tenure-stream appointment at a major research university. While we welcome applications from scholars across all the relevant areas of specialization and competence, we particularly encourage applications from scholars with doctorates in African American or Black Diaspora Studies, with research emphases in Black Feminist Thought and Theory and/or political economy, and with demonstrable expertise in the digital humanities. We also welcome applicants with degrees in humanistic disciplines including but not limited to cultural and social anthropology, comparative literature, sociology, philosophy, and cultural geography. The salary/benefit package is competitive, and the position begins in fall 2013.

Applications for the position must be submitted electronically to: The on-line application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching portfolio. Please arrange to have three confidential reference letters sent to Staci Kelly at

If the application and letters of reference cannot be submitted electronically, they may be mailed to Search Committee Chair, AFAM Search Committee, The Pennsylvania State University, 133 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802. Applications received by November 15, 2012 will receive first priority, although all applications will be considered until the search is concluded. For additional information contact Staci Kelly at Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

To learn more about the Department of African American Studies, visit their website at:  They are tweeting too: @AfAm_PSU and they are on YouTube:

As I mentioned before, you know an initiative is gaining traction when there hiring associated with it. Please pass the word to any scholars in African American Studies you know who demonstrate expertise in the Digital Humanities.

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