Digital Humanities Specialist

Job Locations US-MI-Farmington Hills
Posted Date 3 months ago(8/10/2020 11:35 AM)
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Do you dare to reinvent the future of education?

At Cengage, we are harnessing the power of tech to build a future where all learners have the tools and confidence to achieve their goals. As a Cengage employee, you will blaze a new trail to transform the way people learn. Collaborating with the best of the best, you will feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work. With the support of our united team, there is no limit to what you can imagine, create and set in motion.


Are we right for you?

We set the bar higher by bringing our unique talents and point of view to the table every day. We are curious and comfortable with change and are willing to take risks to transform education. Most importantly, with everything we do, we put learning first.


What You'll Do Here:


Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced individual to join our team as a Digital Humanities Specialist. Responsible for supporting and assisting the evolution of Gale’s digital scholarship program, the successful candidate will serve as a key support and development liaison to key customers that are engaging in advanced humanities research and instruction. The Digital Humanities Specialist will identify trends and activities in digital humanities taking place throughout the academic market, provide digital scholarship support services, and support faculty teaching DH and libraries as the central research hub on campus.

Reporting to Director of Product Management, Digital Humanities, the Digital Humanities Specialist will provide on-site support and guidance for digital humanities scholars and students that are using Gale and other content and tools to drive active research.  Responsibilities will focus on working collaboratively with colleagues at Gale and throughout our academic customer base to advance research activities and the use of Gale content in the scholarly workflow.  The Digital Humanities Specialist will develop and conduct workshops on Gale’s digital scholarship resources and work collaboratively with other Gale team members in pursuit of new tools and features/best practices.

The position is ideally suited for (but not limited to) someone with an interest in scholarly research and publishing, natural language processing, GIS/mapping, data visualizing, text analysis and related teaching methodologies.  Working on a team of dedicated digital scholarship and publishing professionals, this position will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to engage in continuing research execution and support using a broad array of computational techniques.

The Digital Humanities Specialist will provide subject-specific leadership for collection building and management, as well as promote library collections, programs, and services to faculty and the market at large. As an integral member of Gale’s digital scholarship program, the Digital Humanities Specialist will assist with the development of DH-related tools, curriculum and materials that will be used by key accounts in the academic space.  This role will also conduct in-depth research to inform future technology and content needs both at Gale and at point of use in academia.   With a solid understanding of current resources and technologies, the Digital Humanities Specialist will assist in the development of instructional materials and new features in the Gale Digital Scholar Lab. Active engagement with faculty and students throughout our customer base is required.

This role is specifically responsible for the promotion, support, and ongoing development of the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, a research environment designed to enable and assist digital scholarship in the academic community.

Overview of responsibilities

  • Conduct on-site and virtual DH training and workshops designed to facilitate the establishment and growth of DH-related activities in the library and in courses across campus.
  • Work with members of Gale’s digital scholarship team to establish training schedules, scope of development work, and organize interaction with customers and students.
  • Partner with the Sales team to help acquire new business.
  • Work with users and customers to drive usage for research and instruction.
  • Understand, support and communicate company strategy internally and externally.
  • Track the competitive landscape and market position for all responsible projects and initiatives, identify new market-specific opportunities, and conceptualize and test product ideas.
  • Collaborate on market research, product positioning and customer communications.
  • Help define and support customer training strategies and tactics. 
  • Represent Gale and Cengage Learning at relevant industry and customer events.
  • Understand and translate the market requirements for the evolution of scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Develop and maintain high-level relationships with partner firms and organizations necessary for the success of Gale’s digital scholarship program.
  • Report regularly on project/role status to senior management and internal stakeholders
  • Analyze, interpret and then report out to team and senior management on performance against results.

Skills You Will Need Here:

  • Academic background in the humanities, arts, or related fields
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal) and the ability to establish strong rapport with cross-functional teams and customer in order to effectively collaborate and build partnerships.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the current research, information resources, and scholarly trends in humanities disciplines, including knowledge of emerging issues and technologies.
  • Experience with datavisualization and able to manipulate, explore, and visualize data using the latest analytical tools
  • Knowledge and use of at least one of the following: social network analysis, natural language processing, GIS/mapping, concept extraction, etc.
  • Experienced in instruction of digital humanities methodologies
  • A demonstrated interest in scholarly communication
  • Understanding and experience working with third party APIs
  • Strong programming skills in Python or R
  • Published in peer-reviewed journals or other scholarly publications
  • Research design expertise
  • Demonstrated experience with or knowledge of metadata creation and maintenance.
  • Demonstrated experience with technologies, metadata schemas, scripting languages, or computational methods used in digital humanities projects.
  • Proven ability to acquire new skills and adapt to changes in the profession
  • Strong public service orientation.
  • Ability to travel within and outside North America. Expected travel: 30%

  • Preferred Education/Experience

  • Advanced degree in a humanities or arts discipline.
  • Experience with or a degree in the field of Data Science is a plus.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in an academic or research library, or in an academic or research environment.
  • Experience participating in the development and use of DH-related tools.
  • Experience with providing information literacy instruction and research consultations in an academic/research library.


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