Williams College Museum of Art invites applications for a two-year
postdoctoral fellowship. The Fellow's work is part of WCMA Digital
, a major initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
that aims to make the museum's collections open and accessible to
all, and develop a set of digital tools to support new pedagogical,
creative and intellectual explorations of the collection.
WCMA's Mellon Fellow for Digital Humanities will explore and
encourage digital humanities scholarship and methodologies within a
museum context, with access to collections and involvement in
exhibitions and public programs. WCMA is uniquely suited to connect
and collaborate with programs, people and projects across campus.
The project builds on digital humanities projects across the
College in the departments of English, History and American
Studies, and the College's Library.
Reporting to WCMA's Mellon Manager of Digital Initiatives, the
Fellow will be part of the vibrant and collaborative staff at
The Fellow will also be art of Williams' academic community,
including its postdoc peer group, which spans academic programs.
Undergraduate research is an emphasis at Williams, and this
position will have the opportunity to work closely with talented,
research-oriented college students.
Williams is committed to enriching its educational experience and
its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration,
and staff. In your cover letter, please highlight your experience
with and commitment to supporting diverse and inclusive
- Explore, investigate, and evaluate emerging tools and
technologies related to your research and the WCMA collection.
- Develop (or lead the development of) tools for the
investigation, visualization, and curation of the museum's open
- Hold individual and group DH research training and
informational sessions for faculty, staff, and students.
- Help curators and faculty members develop and implement digital
projects arising from the museum's open collections.
- Co-organize a convening with the Clark Art Institute exploring
the questions of computation in art history, museums, and
collections-based scholarship. Share work with the wider museum and
digital humanities communities.
- Co-organize an exhibition based on DH tools and research, in
collaboration with curators and faculty.
- Possibly teach one class per semester.
- The Fellow will collaborate with the faculty advisory committee
of WCMA Digital .
- Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in a humanistic
discipline after January 1, 2010, but before beginning the
fellowship in July 2018.
- Experience in the use and application of one or more DH
methodologies (e.g., visualization, text-mining, text-encoding,
GIS, network analysis, database design, digital editions) for
creating and transmitting scholarship.
- Ability to work in interdisciplinary humanities
- Demonstrated ability to articulate the opportunities of digital
research to scholars in the humanities.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team
- Demonstrated digital project management experience.
- Deep familiarity with museum collection databases, metadata
standards, folksonomy projects.
- Knowledge of open scholarship trends, resources, and
- Programming experience.
- Teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
For optimal consideration, please submit resume materials by June
30, 2018. Review of resumes will continue until the position is
Conditions of Employment
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of
background information submitted by the applicant, including the
completion of a criminal record check, and education when
Equal Employment Opportunity