College Art Association & Society for Architectural Historians Job Ad

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Below is an advertisement for a consulting position that recently has been funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure in Digital Art and Architectural History.  College Art Association and the Society of Architectural Historians are sending the announcement to libraries and universities across the country in the hopes of attracting strong candidates.

Please forward this announcement to library professionals, professors and students in appropriate programs at your institution.  Thank you and best wishes for the New Year.

Pauline Saliga

Pauline Saliga, Executive Director
Society of Architectural Historians and
Charnley-Persky House Museum Foundation

Position Description: Digital Scholarship Researcher
Period: January 2015 – July 1, 2015
College Art Association and the Society for Architectural Historians

Reports to the CAA and SAH Executive Directors and CAA Director of Publications
The Digital Scholarship Researcher will play an integral role in the development of Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure in Digital Art and Architectural History, a project of CAA and SAH funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Working closely with the CAA and SAH Presidents as Co-Chairs of the task force on digital scholarship, the Executive Directors of CAA and SAH, and the CAA’s Director of Publications, the Digital Scholarship Researcher will:
·         Identify fifteen universities and colleges where digital scholarship is developed and published by faculty, post doctoral students and graduate students in art and architectural history disciplines;
·         Review existing tenure and promotion guidelines to determine which criteria are applicable to digital scholarship; review newly developed criteria required for digital scholarship; and consider the processes used to develop guidelines in other disciplines
·         Review and compile bibliography of the extant literature for developing guidelines for digital scholarship;
·         Interview visual arts faculty and administrators who have developed new digital research tools, utilized visual and spatial technologies, and who have utilized new computational technologies in order to determine the different evaluative criteria needed for each category;
·         Interview members of tenure committees to determine how they presently evaluate digital scholarship in the visual arts and the criteria they would like to see included;
·         In consultation with a statistician, develop a survey to gather information from CAA and SAH members related to the evaluation of digital scholarship in the visual arts;
·         And prepare a summary draft of the research results with recommendations for criteria for tenure and promotion related to digital scholarship. Include bibliography of the extant literature for developing guidelines for digital scholarship. The draft will be reviewed by the CAA and SAH Presidents, Executive Directors, and the CAA Director of Publications before it is sent the task force which will develop the final guidelines.

Experience and skills: This position requires a graduate degree in a humanities field; knowledge of digital research, scholarship and publication in academic art history and architectural history; statistical data computation skills; and good writing and communication skills.

Schedule: CAA anticipates that this research project and the preparation of the recommendations to the task force will take eight (8) months from November 2014 through June 2015. His/her written report will be crucial to the task force will develop and published guidelines.

Residency: This position does not require residency in New York or Chicago where the CAA and SAH are located. The research will be conducted by phone, on the internet and at libraries. The presentation of the final research document to the task force will occur at one face-to-face meeting where the hotel and expenses will be compensated.

Compensation: $30,000 plus health insurance

Commitment: Half-time for eight months (December 2014 through July 1, 2015)
How to Apply: Please submit a CV with a cover letter and three references to: CAA Researcher, 50 Broadway, Floor 21, New York, NY 10004.
Deadline for Applications: January 15, 2015

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