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Digital Humanities and Africana Scholar, Special Collections

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College / VP Area: Vice Provost for Libraries
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Libraries & Museums, Full Time

Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Pay Grade: 30E

Context of the Job:

The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, invites applications for a Digital Humanities and Africana Scholar, Special Collections. We seek a scholar with significant subject knowledge in Black humanities to take a lead role in partnering with Library, Museums and Press staff, University faculty and community partners to foster the use of collections for digital humanities projects, both in and beyond the classroom.

This joint appointment provides unique opportunities to bring archives and special collections into the classroom and the broader world and to develop innovative exhibitions and research projects in collaboration with students, faculty, staff and community. The scholar will have opportunities to partner with colleagues in the Library’s Digital Scholarship and Publishing Department, the University’s Center for Material Culture Studies (CMCS), the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center (IHRC), the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI), Antiracism Initiative (UDARI) and the African American Public Humanities Initiative (AAPHI).

This is a joint appointment to the Special Collections in the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press and the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, where the incumbent will hold an appointment as an affiliated faculty member.  The successful candidate will teach the equivalent of one class per semester, engaging students with UD’s special collections materials. Special Collections and the University Museums are one division within the Library, adding to the richness of resources and collaborative opportunities for this position.

The successful candidate will possess an educational background suited to work at the intersection of the classroom, the museum and/or archive, and the digital realm and articulate strategic approaches to foster digital scholarship using  UD Library’s Special Collections holdings, particularly African American sources, in the classroom. 


The successful applicant will collaborate with faculty and Library, Museums and Press colleagues to promote primary sources related to African American and African Diaspora culture through collaborative instruction, programming, creative outreach, and project development and to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary humanities projects across the classroom, museums, archives, special collections and the digital realm. The candidate will be a contributing member of the English Department, teaching courses (equivalent to one course each semester) that engage students with special collections materials and digital humanities methods. Additional duties include providing in-person and online reference services for faculty, students, and other researchers and participating in department and university service, as determined in consultation with the candidate, the Head of Special Collections, and the Chair of the department.



  • Doctorate in English or other relevant fields in the Humanities
  • Experience with archival research and use of primary sources
  • Deep working knowledge of rare books, manuscripts and other primary source material, particularly African American and African Diaspora sources
  • Experience and knowledge of best practices in instruction and teaching
  • Demonstrated interest in Digital Humanities projects and experience with digital platforms and technologies, especially in the area of teaching
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse and antiracist educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently and to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal communication and public presentation skills
  • Commitment to professional growth and scholarship


  • Graduate degree in library and information science
  • Demonstrated familiarity with common Digital Humanities methods (e.g., data curation, text analysis, mapping, visualization) and related technology

About the Library, Museums & Press: The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press is committed to student success, scholarly research and inclusive excellence. The Library is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. The Library collaborates with strategic campus partners to achieve these priorities, as well as with national professional organizations including the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Library Federation, OCLC Research Partnership, SPARC, HathiTrust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

About the College Of Arts And Sciences: The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is nationally recognized for its exceptional educational experiences and for integrating instruction, research, and public engagement. CAS is a thriving academic unit of over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 600 faculty, featuring outstanding research and teaching facilities. We encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and engage local, national, and global audiences through our research and creative activity.

About the Department of English: The Department of English at the University of Delaware is a dynamic and collegial collection of scholars and teachers devoted to interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public engagement. We cover a wide range of fields, with particular strengths in African American Studies, environmental humanities, material culture studies, and journalism, among many other interdisciplinary programs. The original home of the award-winning Colored Conventions Project, the department currently supports the digital humanities projects Thingstor, a database of literary and visual arts, and Moving Fictions: Exploring Migration in Modern Literature. In collaboration with the library, we have organized the symposium “Black Bibliographia: Print/Culture/Art” and collaborative projects with local community organizations that focus on the work of Alice Dunbar-Nelson.

Appointment: Appointment at academic rank in the University of Delaware Library Rank and Promotion System, with Affiliate faculty appointment in the Department of English. 

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation, including: 25 vacation days; Generous 403(b) retirement plan; Tuition remission for dependents and spouses, and a course fee waiver for employees.

To Apply: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a letter of application,  curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three employment references. In the letter of application, please detail strategies for using UD Library’s Special Collections holdings (particularly African Diaspora collections) in fostering digital scholarship, teaching, and outreach. Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
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