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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 226.
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        Date: 2020-08-10 12:44:39+00:00
        From: Christian Sandvig 
        Subject: Looking for Executive Director for new Digital Studies Institute

Executive Director, Digital Studies Institute, University
of Michigan (UMDSI)


Job Summary

The University of Michigan’s new Digital Studies Institute (UMDSI) seeks to
hire an Executive Director.  This is an exciting opportunity to shape an
innovative new organization that will contribute towards our understanding
of the digital world in a Research 1 university setting.  The UMDSI serves
students, researchers, and the public and the Executive Director will
provide programmatic, strategic, and forward-looking leadership for the
Digital Studies Institute.  The UMDSI integrates critical humanistic,
social science, and artistic approaches to digital studies, and foreground
questions about social inequalities, including racial and gendered bias, in
digital cultures.

They will partner with the Faculty Director (who will lead the faculty and
research direction), the Associate Director (who has primary responsibility
for the curricular program and summer institute) and the Chief
Administrator (who provides operational leadership) to assure that the
UMDSI creates an inclusive and generative space for digital studies
students, staff,  and faculty.  The Executive Director will also have
primary responsibility for assuring that the UMDSI programs are
complementary and in partnership with other institutional units involved in
digital work – including, but not limited to the Duderstadt Center, the
University Library, and Information Technology services.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of
Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating,
preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in
developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich
the future.


In addition to contributing to and providing leadership for the strategic
vision of the DSI, specific duties will include: (1) develop academic
programming, partnering, and outreach for UMDSI creating a community of
scholars and researchers amongst digital studies faculty, students,
postdoctoral fellows, and staff; (2) develop parternships with
universities, industries, and technology firms to develop the Digital
Research Corridor; (3) manage the recruitment, admission, and matriculation
of students to the graduate and undergraduate programs, develop ancillary
programming, and plan and execute events for the community showing student
and faculty research; (4) attend faculty and administrative meetings as an
ex officio member; (5) co-program and support the annual Summer Institute ;
(6) manage the UMDSI’s research funding and award programs process; (7)
research and collect information concerning best practices in digital
studies teaching and research; (8)collaborate with other units on campus to
provide support and training for students and faculty in the Digital
Studies program;  (9) research and draft internal and external grant

Required Qualifications

An advanced degree or equivalent preferable in the area of digital studies,
understanding of the research-intensive university academic environment,
ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy when working with a broad
spectrum of students, faculty, administrative staff, policy makers, and
public constituents/stakeholders (industry, media, etc).  Demonstrated
leadership experience that includes recruiting, mentoring, career
development, and team building.  Experience in project management,
programming, budget management, program development and assessment.  An
entrepreneurial stance towards development.  Experience working in a
multidisciplinary environment is ideal.

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should
be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should
address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and
experience that directly relate to this position.

Additional Information

This is a 2.5 year term limited position.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and
retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the
diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and
sustain the excellence of LSA.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates
upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party
administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are
performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review
and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting.
This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after
the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action

Job Detail


Digital Studies Executive Director

Acad &/Or Res Prgm Ofcr Assoc

Ann Arbor Campus
Ann Arbor, MI




College Of Lsa

LSA Digital Studies Institute

7/20/2020 – 9/01/2020

$95,000.00 – $105,000.00


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