Occidental College is a small rigorous liberal arts institution
in Los Angeles with a curricular emphasis on social justice,
community-based learning, and global citizenship. The Center for
Digital Liberal Arts (CDLA) at Occidental helps to prepare Oxy’s
diverse and talented students for a rapidly changing world through
a variety of programs and offerings, including research support for
students and faculty, digital media production tools and software,
and professional development for faculty in digital pedagogy and
SUMMARY OF DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND GOALS
The CDLA supports textual, visual, and archival modes of inquiry
across the arts and humanities through a focus on resource
curation, sharing, and analysis. The Specialist is a two-year
limited term position with possibility of renewal. We seek a
Specialist who will:
- Collaborate directly with arts and humanities faculty to
realize student learning goals, participate in related grant and
funding opportunities, and inform assessments of student
- Research and implement best practices in digital pedagogy and
instructional design in the arts and humanities with a focus on
visual, music, and other media resources, humanities databases,
archival resources, and digital humanities practices.
- Work with Academic Affairs, Arts and Humanities departments,
and related academic support units to develop and integrate
information literacies across the curriculum.
- Facilitate effective application of tools, methods and
materials of primary inquiry (e.g., visual imagery, documents,
artifacts, sound files) for undergraduate research.
- Develop and instruct advanced workshops and advise students
about research resources, methods, and scholarly practices across
the arts and humanities.
- Supervise and mentor student workers.
- Provide research and insight on emergent arts and humanities
resources, identify and advocate for learning space, software,
hardware, and other resource needs specific to the arts and
- Track emerging trends in pedagogy and technology across the
arts and humanities; experiment with new approaches to scholarly
content creation and presentation.
- Assess work activities, analyze evaluative data, and compile
and report same – as required.
- Oversee and participate in a range of relevant special
- Other duties as assigned.
- Master’s or Doctoral degree in library and information science
or in a relevant arts or humanities discipline.
- Working knowledge of arts and humanities research practices and
methods; demonstrated expertise using a range of visual and
information resources; experience with visual resource management
and digital publishing platforms (e.g., ArtStor, Scalar,
- Experience in an academic setting providing teaching,
technology and/or student/faculty research support in the arts and
humanities; familiarity with liberal arts educational models
- Excellent project management, communication and presentation
- Ability to work well and inclusively with a diverse set of
students, faculty, and staff.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively as a
team member or independently.
- Proactive, intellectually curious, and self-motivated
Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining how your
qualifications meet the requirements of the position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants,
including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent
with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including
the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring