Academic Technology Specialist - Department of History

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Academic Technology Specialist, Department of History


The Academic Technology Specialist (ATS) is a staff member of the Stanford University Libraries, closely collaborating with (and jointly funded by) the University’s Department of History. The ATS’s primary responsibilities are to promote, develop, and deploy innovative digital methods in support of research, pedagogy, and publication. The ideal candidate will have a record of innovation and creativity in making technology accessible, understandable, and appealing to an academic audience. The ATS must demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the ideas and practices that form the foundation of instruction and research in History. The History ATS is expected to bring the leadership and technical expertise necessary to envision and execute exceptional, innovative projects with faculty and graduate students in the Department of History and often as part of a team of SUL staff in providing such support. Within the Department of History this will involve innovations in pedagogy and research. The ATS should be able to guide students in pursuing digitally based research and methodologies, assist faculty and students in developing digital presentations, and guide faculty in understanding some of the possibilities for incorporating a digital component into their work. This is a job for a historian with technical expertise, enthusiasm for Digital History and the Digital Humanities more broadly, and a desire to mentor faculty and students to explore new methodologies and build things with us.

The ATS will have an office in the History Department, engaging independently with faculty and students in that department, and reporting to a manager in the Libraries’ Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR).  The ATS will work frequently with CIDR colleagues as well as the various Library Curators and Departments, communicating and coordinating with them in support of the research, teaching, and learning emanating from the History Dept. In particular, the ATS serves as a conduit for knowledge and leveraging of the Libraries’ digital resources and infrastructures in the History Department, as well as advocating and fostering in the Libraries an appreciation for the needs of the Department and of the profession more broadly.

Stanford's Academic Technology Specialists always work in alignment with the University's commitment to excellence in education and its general vision to improve teaching, learning, and research by implementing and developing new technologies.


• 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.


Education & Experience:

• Bachelor's degree plus four years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Other Relevant Education & Experience May Include:
  • Bachelor's degree in a historical discipline and four years of relevant experience in the Digital Humanities.
  • Strongly Preferred:  an Advanced Degree in History.
  • Preferred:  Expertise in GIS, mapping, or other geo-humanities methods; awareness of data sources and formats; familiarity or facility with network and/or textual analysis; including skills such as R, Python, or similar languages.  Ideally, candidates should be conversant in more than of these methods and languages.

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 Unix.
• 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.

Physical Requirements*:

• 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.

Working Conditions:

• Extended hours and weekends.
• Occasional overnight travel.

Work Standards:

• 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,

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Code:  4722
Pay Grade: I

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