Digital Studies Institute Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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The Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan invites candidates for the DSI Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with one course per year teaching load.  This is a 12-month term-limited position beginning 8/29/22, with the potential to be renewed for a second 12-month term.

Applications are welcome from interdisciplinary scholars with demonstrated research expertise in Digital Studies and closely affiliated fields.  This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar with interest in broadly defined critical digital studies, whose work whose work may come from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to philosophy, art and design, language and literature, anthropology, critical ethnic studies, history, digital archives, law and social work, and other fields in the humanities and qualitative social sciences.  The post-doctoral fellow will be affiliated primarily with the Digital Studies Institute, and will work closely with an interdisciplinary range of faculty and students.

Fellowship Details

This is a 100% effort position over the 12 months (8/29/22-8/31/23).  It is expected there will be a combination of research (50%), teaching (16.67%), and programmatic development (33.33%) during the nine-month academic year,  and research (67%) and programmatic development (33.33%)  during the spring/summer term. Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to be in residence no later than August 29, 2022.   

As part of the programmatic development effort, the fellowship holder will be responsible for organizing or participating in two relevant topical events (e.g., roundtables, lectures, installations, brown-bags, pedagogy workshops, etc.) in collaboration with the Associate Director of DSI. The postdoctoral fellow will also have a key role in helping organize the Digital IDEAS Summer Institute that will occur during summer of 2023. Teaching one course per year as a Lecturer is the expectation. Courses will be assigned at the discretion of the Associate Director, in consultation with the postdoc, depending upon the needs of the unit, qualifications of the postdoc, etc. Duties and responsibilities for the Lecturer position are, in addition to teaching one course per year, holding office hours, supervising Graduate Student Instructors (if applicable) and handling routine matters related to instruction. The total postdoc effort would be coordinated so the total effort will be 100% over the 12 months. 


Full-time rate (FTR): $60,000/12 months (plus $5,000/year allocation for research expense reimbursement)

How to Apply:

Applications received before January 7, 2022 will be guaranteed consideration, but they will continue to be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.

Please submit the following documents on the Interfolio Application

1) A cover letter that details proposed projects or scholarship in digital studies for the term of the postdoctoral fellowship (1-3 pages) 

2) Current CV

3) Writing sample (up to 35 pages)

4) A teaching statement (1-2 pages)

5) A diversity statement (1-2 pages) 

6) Three letters of recommendation


Union Affiliation: The Lecturer position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
Qualifications: PhD in a digital studies-related field (by August 29, 2022), broadly understood. The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in college-level teaching.


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