[Humanist] 23.784 job at King's College London: Professor and Chair, CCH/Digital Humanities

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Apr 29 09:31:08 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 784.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 08:28:48 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: job at King's College London: Professor and Chair, Digital Humanities

Chair and Head of Department

King's College London - Department of Digital Humanities, Centre for 
Computing in the Humanities

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH), King's College London 
is looking for a new Chair and Head of Department to succeed Harold 
Short, the founding Director and Head of Department, who will be 
retiring in September 2010 after 22 years in the College.

CCH is recognized as an international leader in the application of 
technology in research in the arts and humanities. It is an academic 
department in the School of Arts and Humanities, and operates on a 
collaborative basis across discipline, institutional and national 
boundaries. It is responsible for a PhD programme and three MA 
programmes and for teaching at undergraduate level. It has a particular 
focus on collaborative research, and at any one time is engaged in 30 or 
more research projects. These cover a wide range of humanities 
disciplines, including medieval studies, history, literature and 
linguistics, art history and music, and also include a number of more 
general information management projects in both humanities and the 
social sciences. In collaboration with its research partners, it has 
generated over £17 million in research grants over the past 7 years.

This is an important time of transition, and it is proposed that the 
name will change to Department of Digital Humanities from October 2010. 
The new appointment will be leading the department with a number of 
specific goals in mind: strategic development to ensure that it 
continues to fulfill its mission to reflect critically on, and make the 
best use of, new technological developments in arts and humanities 
research; the development of a strategy for success in the Research 
Excellence Framework (REF, 2013), both with existing staff and through 
new appointments; the development of a more broadly based collaborative 
teaching programme; the continued growth of the PhD programme; the 
extension of consultancy and knowledge transfer activities; 
collaborative development of strategy and planning for the proposed 
'Digital and Visual Cultures' theme within the Arts and Humanities 
School, in co-operation with other departments.

While the Head of Department will have overall accountability for the 
department's performance across its whole range of activity, the role is 
seen primarily as a strategic one, working in close collaboration with 
and strongly supported by the senior CCH team who will have operational 
responsibilities in each of their areas of activity and who will also 
contribute to the development of strategy, policy and planning. The new 
Chair will be Head of Department for an initial 4-year term. Thereafter 
it is envisaged that the Head of Department role will pass in turn to 
senior colleagues.

The successful candidate will be an individual who has a proven record 
of research excellence in the Digital Humanities. S/he will be able to 
demonstrate strong leadership skills, and international standing in the 
field. S/he will relish the idea of building on the success and 
reputation of CCH with ideas of their own, and will bring vision about 
how to maintain the department's position as an international leader in 
its field as well as to develop in new areas of activity.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and 
experience, within the Professorial scale. Benefits include a final 
salary superannuation scheme an annual season ticket loan scheme.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact the Head of 
School, Professor Jan Palmowski via email at jan.palmowski at kcl.ac.uk.

Further details and application packs are available on the College's 
website at www.kcl.ac.uk/jobs  or alternatively by emailing Human 
Resources at jcmbjobs at kcl.ac.uk. All correspondence should clearly state 
the relevant job title and reference numbers A9/AAV/093/10 - LA.

Closing date: 19 May 2010.

Interviews will be held in early June; the date is to be confirmed.

Equality of opportunity is College policy

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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