The Assistant Director of the Digital Commons will develop, coordinate, and provide programming and services to help Vanderbilt faculty members identify and learn to use digital technologies relevant to their research and teaching. The Assistant Director will collaborate with staff from the Digital Commons staff, other areas of the University Libraries, and from other campus academic technology units, to provide a robust set of faculty development offerings for Vanderbilt faculty and their research and teaching teams. The Assistant Director will have and share expertise in particular digital technologies useful for academic research, but will primarily work to connect faculty with relevant training and development resources at the Digital Commons and elsewhere on campus.
The Assistant Director will report to the Director of the Digital Commons and assist the director with faculty needs assessment, strategic planning for the Digital Commons, and communication and outreach.
The Digital Commons is a faculty development initiative from the Office of the Provost launched in 2021. The mission of the Digital Commons is to equip Vanderbilt faculty with the skills they need to use digital technologies in their research and teaching. The Digital Commons offers workshops, working groups, individual consultations, and staffed labs to help faculty and their research and teaching teams explore digital tools of potential use and develop skills in particular tools and technologies.
The Digital Commons is located in 1101 19th Avenue alongside the new Faculty Commons, and the services and resources of the Digital Commons are available to all Vanderbilt faculty, including those employed by Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The digital commons is a unit within the Vanderbilt Libraries, and it collaborates regularly with other units on faculty development offerings, including the Center for Teaching (which already provides training around technologies for teaching), the Office of Faculty Affairs, and other groups within the Libraries.
Duties and Responsibilities
Consult with faculty to help them identify digital technologies useful in their research and teaching, to connect them with resources for learning to use those technologies, and to train faculty in selected technologies directly.
Plan and facilitate professional development events and resources for faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and others to help them learn new digital technologies for research and teaching, both for the entire campus and for particular units and departments.
Coordinate and collaborate with other units on campus, including other groups within the Libraries, that provide faculty development offerings around digital technologies for faculty
Identify resources on campus for faculty development of digital skills both to support partnerships with other units and to connect faculty with the training resources they need.
Conduct outreach and communications to faculty and staff on behalf of the Digital Commons and its partner units using a variety of digital mechanisms.
Assist the director in short- and long-range strategic planning for the Digital Commons based on ongoing faculty needs assessments.
Other duties as assigned
A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 48 months of relevant experience is necessary. A Master's degree or Ph.D. is preferred.
Strong consultation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Experience in planning, publicizing, implementing, and evaluating faculty development events and programs.
Familiarity with the academic mission and organization of research universities.
Expertise with multiple digital technologies used in academic research.
Proficiency with programming (coding) in support of academic research.
Interest in learning about and developing skills with digital technologies.
Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, work independently, and collaborate with others.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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About Vanderbilt University
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