Digital Scholarship Editor, Brown University

The Digital Scholarship Editor in the Brown University Library works to extend Brown’s capabilities as a central force in advancing new forms and methods of scholarly communication. The Digital Scholarship Editor will play an important role in an effort to bring together key technological, organization, and academic policy strategies across the campus that will generate a broader, more effective structure within the University to support the creation, cultivation, evaluation, dissemination and preservation of new forms of scholarship. In addition, the Digital Scholarship Editor will pursue publishing opportunities for the digital projects under development and will promote digital publications to both traditional and nontraditional audiences. This is a grant-supported position with funding until the end of 2019.

As a member of the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), the Digital Scholarship Editor will provide editorial assistance to selected faculty who are working on projects leading to digital publications. The incumbent will assist faculty and project members with the conception and realization of their scholarly products and will offer editorial guidance in shaping and refining the presentation of the publication projects, as well as advising on possible venues and modes of dissemination. The Digital Scholarship Editor will ensure that the completed manuscripts meet accepted editorial standards in terms of content, scope, citation, development of the subject, organization, and media integration. With an anticipated load of multiple projects each year, the incumbent will manage the editorial calendar, work with colleagues throughout the University to schedule and allocate the appropriate level of assistance needed for content development, and provide regular status updates to University partners as well as involved publishers, ensuring that deliverables are executed on time and are in line with established goals and standards.

Working closely with the Dean of Faculty, the Digital Scholarship Editor will organize and serve as a member of the Faculty Publication Project Advisory Board, which will be responsible for soliciting and selecting digital projects from primarily humanities and social science faculty, and articulating expectations for both the content and form of these projects to guide the selection of proposals. The Digital Scholarship Editor will also work with the Dean of Faculty to help departments develop appropriate standards and criteria for assessing digital scholarly projects as part of the University’s regular review processes for faculty performance, tenure, and promotion.

The Digital Scholarship Editor will participate in internal team meetings and attend appropriate regional and national conferences, maintaining contact with other digital projects and programs nationwide and keeping abreast of new methods of scholarly communication.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of a master’s in the humanities or related field
  • 3-5 years of editorial experience, preferably in the humanities and/or interdisciplinary scholarly writing, with experience in incorporating digital media
  • Evidence of strong editorial skills, including the ability to conceptualize, articulate, and execute an editorial vision; experience in editorial decision-making
  • Experience working with a variety of publishing outlets, including online communities, scholarly societies, and traditional publishers
  • Demonstrated published editorial work, preferably with scholarly writing and the integration of digital media
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills with exceptional interpersonal and team-building abilities
  • Ability to handle multiple, complex projects simultaneously within established timeframes but with occasionally changing priorities and conditions
  • Familiarity with digital scholarly projects

To Apply

Please visit Brown University’s career opportunities website at: and reference REQ116483. Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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