[Humanist] 26.440 job at Stanford; Google research awards

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Wed Oct 31 07:37:18 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 440.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Kenneth Romeo" <kenro at stanford.edu>                     (114)
        Subject: Job at Stanford University:  Academic Technology Specialist
                for the English Department

  [2]   From:    Arianna Ciula <ariannaciula at googlemail.com>               (32)
        Subject: Google Faculty Research Awards in Computer Science,
                Engineering, and related fields

        Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:55:00 -0700 (PDT)
        From: "Kenneth Romeo" <kenro at stanford.edu>
        Subject: Job at Stanford University:  Academic Technology Specialist for the English Department

Apply at:  http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/ 
Search for:  Job # 50014


Stanford's Academic Technology Specialists (ATSs) collaborate with faculty
and staff in departments or programs to provide leadership in the uses of
information technology for education and research. The ATS Program's
mission is to be innovative and creative in making technology accessible,
understandable, and appealing to an academic audience; and to offer the
resources to identify and integrate technological solutions to best meet
pedagogical and research needs. The ATS Program is part of Academic
Computing Services (ACS), a division of Stanford Libraries. ACS operates
and supports multiple technology-rich education and multimedia services on
campus, including CourseWork, Stanford's primary learning management

The ATS for the Department of English will initially focus on implementing
online courses featuring multiple faculty members and covering the history
of English and American literature. The first goal will be to transform
the Department's new Core Curriculum by moving much of its lecture-content
to an interactive online platform. The Department's ultimate goal is to
make Stanford English an intellectual hub for online reference tools and
courses in English and American literature. Overall, the aim is for online
technologies to enhance the learning experience of Stanford students while
increasing the global visibility of Stanford in the humanities. 

In addition to developing and supporting the Department of English's
online education efforts, the ATS will assist literature faculty more
generally with the integration of technology into their teaching and
research activities.

The incumbent will report to a Manager in the ATS Program and will be
located in Margaret Jacks Hall; in partnership with ACS, his/her work for
the English Department will be directed by the Department Chair. In
addition to working with faculty and graduate students associated with the
English department, the ATS will devote twenty percent of his/her time in
service to the ATS Program in its technology innovation and leadership
role within ACS and Stanford Libraries.

Responsibilities (ATS, Department of English):

.             Provide technical and pedagogical leadership in designing
the course platform, finding solutions for lecture capture and video
production, and structuring interactive web-assisted tools and activities;
provide overall coordination and management of the online course

.             Design and develop solutions to the difficult problem of
online assessment of writing and other assignments featuring literary and
critical analysis.

.             Collaborate with colleagues from the Vice Provost of Online
Learning (VPOL) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to explore
and develop appropriate platforms and production services. Serve as
liaison to VPOL and CTL and consult on best practices for online
pedagogies and delivery of humanities courses. Partner with VPOL and CTL
to sync course offerings with broader developments in online education at

.             Coordinate academic learning technology policies,
procedures, and support. 

.             Provide consulting to faculty and colleagues when technical
depth in humanities instructional resources is needed. Initiate ideas,
implement solutions, and find resources for use in teaching and course

.             Assess training needs for faculty, graduate students, and
teaching assistants; develop and deliver workshops, supporting
documentation, and appropriate tools. 

.             Recommend commercially available software, providing
consulting support to develop individual applications, or work with on- or
off-campus resources to develop or adapt applications. Guide faculty to
appropriate online resources and assist them in making their own online
scholarly contributions. 

.             Develop relationships with service providers throughout the
University to advocate needs and obtain resources for English Department
faculty and students. 

.             Consult with faculty in the use of technologically enhanced
classrooms and in designing courses and activities to fully utilize the
rooms' features. 

.             Review professional literature; network with colleagues
within and outside the University; participate in conferences, newsgroups
and other forums to continually improve knowledge of academic technology
and humanities instruction. 


The ideal candidate will have a record of innovation and creativity in
making technology accessible, understandable, and appealing to an academic
audience (both in the classroom and online), and demonstrated leadership
and resourcefulness in identifying and integrating technological solutions
to pedagogical needs.

Specific requirements:

.             An advanced degree in the humanities, with a focus on
literature , plus at least five years' experience in academic computing -
or the equivalent combination of education and experience . A doctoral
degree in the humanities or education is desirable. 

.             An interest in literature and the desire to enhance the
understanding and experience of the subject for students at Stanford and,
potentially, a broader public. Demonstrated ability to express course
material and pedagogic goals through the imaginative application of
technology to existing materials and structures.

.             Excellent teaching, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to interact effectively and tactfully with members of the academic
community; experience working in an environment where colleagues have
diverse backgrounds and interests.

.             The necessary skills to plan, formulate, and manage online
courses so that they are rewarding experiences for students and teachers

.             Demonstrated expertise in both humanities course content
pedagogy and online delivery technologies, so as to be able to serve as a
creative liaison between faculty and engineers or representatives of
different online platforms. 

.             Experience with scripting (Ruby, Php, Python) and relational
databases (Oracle, MySQL, PostGreSQL); experience delivering applications
and providing computing resources in a networked environment; experience
with object oriented programming (Java) desirable,

.             Excellent time management and project management skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks, and
use good judgment in providing services based on goals.

.             Expert knowledge of Macintosh and Windows environments, and
facility with Unix. 

.             Experience developing web sites using graphics, audio, and
video resources. Experience working with content management systems.

        Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:52:53 +0800
        From: Arianna Ciula <ariannaciula at googlemail.com>
        Subject: Google Faculty Research Awards in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields

This could be of interest to some Humanist readers:

The deadline for the next round of Research Awards is April 15, 2013.
A link to the application form will be provided by April 1; see
for more information

Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted
gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time
faculty members at top universities around the world.

The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge
research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields.
Applicants are asked to categorize their proposals into one of the
following broad research areas of interest to Google:

    Economics and market algorithms
    Human-computer interaction
    Information retrieval, extraction, and organization
    Machine learning and data mining
    Machine perception
    Machine translation
    Natural language processing
    Policy and standards
    Social networks
    Software engineering
    Structured data and database management
    Systems (hardware and software)


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