Information Technology Services
92906 Requisition #

Academic Technology Specialist, Department of History

Three year fixed term with the possibility of renewal

The Libraries values are rooted in a commitment of mutual respect, the idea that every member of the staff has something to contribute, and that learning is constant.  We seek a team member who is ready to share their skills and perspectives.

About Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries is a network of over 15 libraries with over 400 employees. We are committed to fueling the teaching, learning and research across Stanford by acquiring, stewarding, and making available a robust collection, currently in excess of 12 million items. Everyone in the organization plays a vital role in fulfilling that objective. Our dedication to discoverability and information management also has us engaged in dynamic global partnerships. We are constantly building and strengthening our organization, and we recognize striving for excellence is a marathon and not a sprint. We are constantly trying to strike the right pace, and admit there are times when we find ourselves at a fast jog. While we hope to always find candidates who fit within our organization, what we truly seek is someone who will add to our culture, our profession as well as the greater academic arena. We are invested in the success of our teams and the individuals who represent Stanford Libraries.

The Stanford Libraries and the Stanford History Department seeks an experienced, highly motivated Academic Technology Specialist (ATS) to actively support diverse research and teaching needs of the History Department faculty and students. The position is located in the Stanford Libraries. The position reports to the Assistant Director and Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR) with a dotted line to the Department’s Chair and Director of Finance & Operations.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR), part of Research Data Services at SUL, enables digital research and teaching to encourage and inspire innovative scholarship throughout the University. We are a team of humanists and social scientists who assess and implement new tools and methods, integrating leading edge technology and information resources to promote teaching and research. Our expertise in data discovery, data management and curation, and analytic software and tools helps to support the generation and dissemination of new knowledge.

The History Department is comprised of ~50 faculty, 100+ graduate students, ~100 undergraduate majors/minors, and 6 staff members. Through a diverse array of courses spanning the globe and ranging from the ancient world to the modern era, the History Department prepares Stanford students for a variety of fascinating careers and for engaged citizenship in a globalized world. The Department believes Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

The ATS will deploy, promote, and develop innovative technological solutions to support research and curriculum in the History Department. The ideal candidate is a historian with solid technical expertise in digital methodologies and demonstrated leadership experience in innovative digital history projects. They will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues with a diversity of work and communication styles, and demonstrated experience in building relationships with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.

The ATS will collaborate closely with the department faculty and students in exploring digital methods, building new tools, and making technology meaningful for research, teaching, and learning in History. They will offer one course in the Department every academic year; guide faculty and students in pursuing or incorporating novel digital approaches, tools, methods in their research and teaching; assist department affiliates in developing innovative digital presentations; and guide website and social media presence for such projects.

The ATS will have an office in the History Department and will independently engage with the Department faculty, students, and staff. They will also collaborate closely with Stanford Libraries staff within CIDR, subject specialists, curators and other departments in addressing History Department needs and objectives. They will serve as a conduit of knowledge and expertise that both leverages the Libraries’ digital resources in the Department and also fosters in the Libraries an appreciation for the Department’s research, teaching, learning needs in digital history.

Note: The position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting (hybrid of working on-site and off-site), subject to operational needs.


  • Assist with providing departmental academic staff support for use of technology in teaching, learning, community building and/or research. Oversee or provide assistance in the direct integration of technology into course curricula, extracurricular or co-curricular learning, library products and services, and/or research projects.
  • Lead the development and/or adoption of resources, seminars, courses, or workshops to disseminate information about uses of technology.
  • Actively encourage and support the use of computer-based tools by developing and implementing new tools and resources for instructors or students, assisting them with the tools, disseminating knowledge of these tools throughout the program or university, and creating and supporting an infrastructure that allows use of the tools in research, teaching and learning.
  • Lead projects to develop innovative uses of technology for research, student learning, library applications, and/or community building. Consult on development of software applications, or work with on- or off-campus resources to develop or adapt software solutions.
  • Consult with and help instructors, library staff, and/or departments to incorporate technologies into faculty research projects, course design and curricula and/or co-curricula in support of student learning goals.
  • Stay abreast of educational and library technology research and participate in academic and professional conferences.
  • Provide outreach and advocacy within and across departments for effective uses of educational technology in the classroom, in research, and in the library.
  • Teach or co-teach occasional classes in digital scholarship techniques and methods, and engage professionally in related scholarship through publication and other research presentation.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in an historical discipline plus four years of relevant experience in the Digital Humanities, or combination of education and relevant experience
  • Strongly preferred: PhD in History
  • Preferred: expertise in geographic information systems and computational techniques, including skills such as R, Python, ArcGIS, d3.js, or related technologies.  Ideally, candidates should be conversant in one or more programming languages or computational methods.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expertise in utilizing technology to enhance teaching and research.
  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for technical applications.
  • Ability to plan, design, develop and evaluate engaging multimedia learning/training objects.
  • Experience with delivering applications in a networked environment.
  • Excellent teaching, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively and tactfully with members of the academic community; demonstrated experience working in an environment with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and customs.
  • Demonstrated expertise with instructional design methodologies, pedagogical issues and best practices for classroom, online and hybrid learning.
  • Excellent time management and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks and use good judgment in providing services based on goal.
  • Expert knowledge of Macintosh and Windows environments, and facility with Linux.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering technical training to a non-technical audience.
  • Excellent customer service skills, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with a diverse community of faculty, staff and students.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely writing by hand, use a telephone.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Extended hours and weekends.
  • Occasional overnight travel.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

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