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Vacancy Announcement: Visiting Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities

Chapman Center for Rural Studies

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies, in the History Department at Kansas State University, invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor position beginning August 2015 to expand the Chapman Center’s engagement with digital humanities in undergraduate research and public history. This position will involve the curation and expansion of existing digital projects (for example and development of new digital projects that document local and rural history in Kansas through undergraduate research.

Responsibilities include supporting other digital humanities work by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty; developing workshops, and other activities to expand scholarly and pedagogical engagement in the digital humanities and working with digital humanities initiatives on campus, including the Digital Humanities Center (DHCenter@KSU).

Position comes with graduate student support and start-up funding. The position has a 2-1 teaching load with opportunities for outreach and training beyond formal courses. Teaching will include courses in digital humanities at both the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as History Department courses in the applicant’s specialization.

The most competitive candidates will demonstrate some of the following: a research focus in public humanities/history, local history, American West, or history of the Great Plains; demonstrated ability to integrate digital humanities into undergraduate courses; demonstrated ability to teach digital methodologies to humanists; and/or experience in computing-intensive digital humanities methodologies such as big data analysis, network analysis, visualization, GIS analysis, and/or backend development, and management. Preferred candidates will have Ph.D in hand by 30 August 2015.

Send letter of application, Vita, graduate transcripts, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to Professor Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, DH Search Chair, Chapman Center for Rural Studies, 110 Leasure Hall, Kansas State University, 66506. Writing samples and letters of reference will be solicited after initial screening. Application packets will be accepted digitally as PDF files sent to Kansas State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background check required. Application deadline is Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:00 pm CST.

 Have you visited our blog,"The Rural Telegraph," featuring original student research or swung by the Chapman Center for Rural Studies on Facebook and Twitter? #MakeHistory and come on by.


Field Research and the Chapman Center for Rural Studies
Ever wonder what it's like to research Lost Kansas Communities with the Chapman Center for Rural Studies? Learn how History comes to life and students explore Kansas history. Read more

Did you know you can stay up-to-date with the Chapman Center for Rural studies on Facebook and Twitter? Check out our Lost Kansas Communities archive and blog, The Rural Telegraph

Chapman Center Presents Alan Winkler with Bruntzel Award
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A Rediscovered Legacy
Thanks to diligent research by Chapman Center Intern, Michael Spachek, the once forgotten history of a substantial group of black farm families has been brought to life. Michael conducted research on African American land ownership in Wabaunsee County this past fall, discovering the complex stories of success and failure surrounding these remote tracks of land in the Flint Hills. Read more...

Adams' Collection Research Honors Family
This past summer, returning intern, Jessica Hermesch, began working with a specially donated collection of military records in the University archives to build a narrative of a family's history, beginning with the service of George Adams, Sr., in World War I. Read more...

Undergraduate Research on Display
After an intense semester of research, our interns presented their research findings. Individuals from around Kansas traveled to the Chapman Center to attend the open house and hear about undergraduate research focused on the history of African-Americans in rural Kansas. Read more...

The Goodland Identity Project
An art student with a love of landscape photography, an agricultural business major, a graduate student in women's studies and public history, and a GIS grad student specialist from the geography department: these talented students have tackled the far western town of Goodland, county seat of Sherman County. Read more...

Six Months of Research Pay Off
MJ Morgan and students presented to an interested audience at the High Plains Museum on October 18. Read more...

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the Dave Redmon Historic Postcard Collection. One of the most interesting projects to come to Chapman Center this spring is the Redmon Historic Postcard Collection. Read more...

In Loving Memory of Mark A. Chapman (1943-2014)
We lost a very close member of the K-State family early on the morning of April 18, 2014. Mark A. Chapman passed away after suffering a stroke a few weeks before (April 5). Mark was 71. Read more...

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies is an undergraduate research-based center that provides hands-on experience in doing the real work of historians. We are located in 111 Leasure Hall in the heart of the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, KS.

Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Call us at 785-532-0380.

Search through the Chapman Center's on-going project, the Lost Town Digital Archive: Lost Kansas Communities.

For more information, email us or email the director, Professor Bonnie Lynn-Sherow.

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111 Leasure Hall
Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone:  785-532-0380

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