University of Houston

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project

The University of Houston (UH) Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project (Recovery) seeks applications for a 2-year CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies to work in its international program to locate, preserve and disseminate the written legacy of Latinas and Latinos produced in the United States from colonial times until 1960. The fellowship is a unique and exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a digital humanities program using Recovery’s materials, as well as to gain skills and knowledge related to diversity and inclusion of minority collections and their preservation and dissemination using digital tools and digital humanities curation. This fellowship creates and supports opportunities to lead, engage or collaborate in workshops, seminars, presentations and publications.

Recovery has digitized an extensive collection of books, manuscripts, archival items and ephemera, newspapers and photographs, and created the metadata for them in English and Spanish. In addition to publishing databases and electronic and print publications, Recovery organizes a biennial conference and has hundreds of affiliated scholars, librarians and archivists in the U.S. and abroad. Recovery was founded in 1991 to provide undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance and continuing education students with cutting edge programs. UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, and has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation as well as alumni who have become international leaders.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Ph.D. completed within the last five years in a relevant field.
  • Practical understanding of the research process and research data lifecycle.
  • Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of digital humanities tools and platforms in teaching or research.
  • Working knowledge of technical implementation of servers, software systems, etc., for the purposes of database setup and delivery.
  • Familiarity with markup and metadata standards associated with digital humanities projects.
  • Strong interest in collaborative grant writing.

Desired:

  • Strong scholarly research focus on digital humanities is desired as well as experience in data curation, project management, teaching experience, communication and collaboration with faculty and students.
  • Experience working with minority collections.
  • Experience implementing databases for scholarly projects.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Experience with web design and platforms.
  • Oral, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations and in interdisciplinary environments.

 Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures for data curation and management for the Digital Humanities Center for Latina/o Studies.
  • Explore and research best practices and tools that would benefit the digital humanities in its relation to Latina/o Studies.
  • Public display of database content, including web portals, mobile applications, virtual environments and others.
  • Collaborate in grant writing.
  • Partner with Arte Público Press to implement services in data curation to create enhanced digital publications of historical and contemporary materials relevant to Latina/o Studies.
  • Explore and analyze tools and platforms, and assist in providing training on these tools of platforms for digital humanities projects: data mining, visualizations, text analysis, digital publications, etc.
  • Participate in professional organizations and maintain awareness of the developing trends in digital humanities, data curation and digital scholarship in all disciplines related to Latino Studies.
  • Implement an authentication and authorization system for external collaborators.
  • Create and deliver training with digital tools and platforms for the University of Houston community working in the area of digital humanities.

The fellow will report to the Director of Research for the Recovery Program.

Guidance and Professional Development:

  • Attend regular meetings with the Director of Research to plan strategies and assess progress.
  • Introduction to leading scholars in Latino Studies.
  • Opportunity to develop own scholarly work.
  • Grant writing training.
  • Opportunity to be part of the leading team to build the first Digital Humanities Program for Latina/o Studies.
  • Receive training and support from the UH Center for Advanced Computing and Data Systems (CACDS) to advance the Recovery Project data curation and their own digital humanities projects.
  • Teaching opportunities at undergraduate and graduate levels at the Hispanic Studies Department and Mexican American Studies.

Compensation
The fellow’s salary is set at $65,000 annually plus benefits.

University of Houston

The mission of the University of Houston is to offer nationally competitive and internationally recognized opportunities for learning, discovery and engagement to a diverse population of students in a real-world setting.  The University of Houston offers a full range of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional levels and pursues a broad agenda of research and creative activities.   As a knowledge resource to the public, the university builds partnerships with other educational institutions, community organizations, government agencies, and the private sector to serve the region and impact the world.