Graduate Research Assistantship

Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC)

The Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), housed in the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC), seeks to hire a Graduate Research Assistant for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. This will be a 9-month appointment, and the GAR will report to the ARC director, Dr. Laura Mandell, while also coordinating with ARC staff at Texas A&M University, the University of Virginia, and North Carolina State University.

Research will focus on scholarly communication, academic peer review of digital projects, and working directly with large humanities datasets. ARC is a hub of digital research nodes, accessed through the web, that contain resources spanning the bulk of existing Western documents, from medieval times to the early 20th-century. Each ARC node contains data about historical documents, scanned page images (with text transcriptions), scholarly research, and open-source teaching and research tools (Juxta, TypeWright).

The GAR for ARC will aid in the coordination of these resources by aiding future development of nodes and conducting outreach in the scholarly community. The GAR will aid in the aggregation of digital projects for ARC, including but not limited to contributing TAMU faculty projects. The GAR will research, present, and perform cutting-edge research in the digital humanities. The GAR will research and practice metadata standards for digital humanities projects. The GAR will participate in the effort to build a pipeline from the ARC data repository to the Humanities Visualization Space (launch date: Fall 2013). The GAR will research and present on the inclusion of ARC data sets and tools in the classroom environment.

This is graduate research position as defined by the University, and GARs will be required to work an average of 20 hours per week. Tuition waivers will not be provided for Master’s students, per CLA policy, and potential tuition waivers for PhD students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

No prior programming skills are necessary, but the GAR will be required to submit an article to a peer-reviewed digital humanities journal concerning his or her work on ARC by the end of the assistantship.  Dr. Mandell and the staff here will help the GAR accomplish this task.


Please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Laura Mandell and Dr. Maura Ives at by Monday, July 22, 2013.

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Job Posting: IDHMC Graduate Research Position!