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Bollinger Fellowship in Library Innovation


This is a two-year fellowship for a recent PhD in the humanities with a strong interdisciplinary background. The Fellow works at the intersection of new modes of scholarly inquiry and production. through this Fellowship, the Libraries seek to build a community of practice that fosters innovation and creativity in interdisciplinary humanistic research.
In partnership with stakeholders, the Fellow will:

  • develop and implement digital projects and tools
  • investigate and evaluate emerging tools and technologies for their potential application to humanities research
  • hold individual and group research consultations and training sessions for faculty, graduate students and library subject specialists
  • engage in new modes of pedagogy
  • encourage and support the production of open digital scholarship
  • curate and enhance Penn's digital collections

The Fellow holds leadership appointments on relevant internal and external digital humanities (DH) committees. S/he will engage with faculty and graduate students, in particular, to demonstrate the application of technology-enhanced research methodologies to scholarly inquiry in the humanities. As a member of the Executive Board of the Digital Humanities Forum, the Fellow works closely with the Director and other Board members to:
  • plan public lectures and symposia
  • conduct workshops for faculty and students
  • participate in the selection of fellows and grant recipients
  • assist with project incubation
  • develop future DH Forum initiatives
  • identify suitable funding opportunities

Contingent on the Fellow's disciplinary background, training, and experience, s/he has the opportunity to serve as a curator and advocate for extant or new digital collections. As Penn embraces open scholarship, the Fellow will promote access to and use of the Libraries' locally created digital assets. In addition, the Fellow contributes to the Libraries' blog, "Unique at Penn",, which features items from Penn's collections and reveals their research potential. The Fellow has the opportunity to pursue their own research and is encouraged to experiment with new modes of scholarly communication.


Applicants must have received a Ph.D in a humanistic discipline after January 1, 2008; if a PhD has not yet been awarded, all work toward the degree (including disseration defense and final disseration editing) must be completed before starting the fellowship. 2-3 years working in interdisciplinary humanities environment is required or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in the use and application of one or more DH technologies (e.g., visualization, text-mining, text-encoding, GIS, network analysis, database design, dynamic editions, presentations and content management tools) for creating and transmitting scholarship.
Demonstrated ability to articulate the opportunities of digital research to scholars in the humanities.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • demonstrated excellence in teaching
  • editorial experience
  • research or teaching experience with primary source materials in special collections or archives in higher education or cultural heritage institutions
  • demonstrated digital project management experience
  • knowledge of open scholarship trends, resources, and applications

Must be available to start work no later than August 1, 2013 and attend an intensive summer seminar held during the last two weeks of July, hosted at Bryn Mawr College.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package, additional information available at

To Apply:

Potential candidates are invited to submit a letter of application that addresses the needs and qualifications of the position, along with their resume and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who can address the suitability of the candidate for the position described, as well as complete an on-line employment application at

Alternatively, you may search by reference # 130334393 at

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.