The Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab typically accepts two Professorial Assistants (PA) per year with the possibility of continuing for multiple years. The number of PAs the lab accepts is entirely dependent on the amount of work we expect to have in the coming year. As the lab continues to grow, we hope to provide  many students the opportunity to work in our interdisciplinary scholarship. 

We seek students with the following skill sets:

  • A willingness to learn, adapt, and dedicate time
  • A high proficiency in writing and communication skills
  • A good team player and ability to follow direction
  • Shows leadership qualities and takes initiative in their work
  • If a STEM student – A basic understanding of statistics (or is taking statistics in the coming year) 
  • An interest in interdisciplinary scholarship

Humanities Approaches

The DHLC has several different lines of research that require a humanistic approach in our research methods. Majors including, but not limited to, English (literary studies), Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, and Musicology provide a unique perspective in research methods that allow our research lines to continue to stay grounded in the humanities. Additionally, the humanist students will have the potential to communicate the lab’s research by formulating research presentations at undergraduate conferences, or by assisting in the writing of grants and other scholarly writings.

STEM Approaches

Prospective Honors College PAs that are majoring in, but not limited to, Psychology, Neuroscience, Statistics, Computer Science, and Biology will gravitate towards the interdisciplinary scholarship that the DHLC researches. The work in the DHLC may be grounded in the humanities, but it is supported by science. 

Research methods include: 

  • fMRI data-tracking, 
  • Collection and analysis, 
  • experiment design and execution, 
  • and statistical software analysis. 

Furthermore, learning code and the back end of softwares such as Python-based softwares, FSL, MatLab, E-Prime, and more is a great opportunity for STEM students.

For more information on our lines of research, please visit our research projects page.

If you are interested in working as a PA in the DHLC and are involved in the Honors College PA program, please contact your HC advisor and program coordinator.