Richard Hughson Ross


Applied Research, Project Management,
& Web Development Experience

Project Manager & Researcher

September 2013 to September 2016

Power Struggles/Energy Maps Project
John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation Grant
Division of Politics & Economics,
School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
Claremont Graduate University
Supervisor: Dr. Hal T. Nelson, Project Investigator

I managed and conducted research for a project examining energy infrastructure conflicts in the greater Los Angeles region. Designed, maintained, assisted in the development of the project website and mapping application. Performed media analysis of news stories and scholarly articles related to energy infrastructure conflict in addition to designing and conducting the survey instrument and stakeholder interviews across the project’s six, paired case–studies. Hired and supervised the assistant case study and energy data and conflict researchers. Managed the project time–line and deliverables, weekly meetings, and coordinated the project’s social media and traditional media outreach across a large, longitudinal project. Provided instructional support and training on performing survey and interview survey analysis and encoding of research results as well as using digital technologies to facilitate the project’s core goals. Co–authored the project’s final research report. URL: energymaps.org


Scholarly Communications Digital Production Specialist

January 2016 to May 2016

Information and Research Services,
Libraries of the Claremont Colleges

Digitized, applied metadata, and cataloged a variety of physical/analog objects for inclusion in the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges’ Scholarly Communications collection and the Claremont Colleges Digital Library collections. Duties included digitizing various scholarly journals using, photographs, text documents, applying metadata and cataloging the digital objects, maintaining documentation related to the digitizing and cataloging process, and working closely with the scholarly communications library and metadata specialist librarian and digital production lab director.


Drucker Archive Digital Production Specialist

November 2013 to March 2016

The Drucker Institute

Digitized, applied metadata, and cataloged a variety of physical/analog objects for inclusion in the Drucker Institute’s digital archiving project. Duties included digitizing analog television tapes, photographs, text documents, applying metadata and cataloging the digital objects, maintaining documentation related to the digitizing and cataloging process, and working closely with Drucker Institute archivist and digital library production manager.


PCB–AHA Web Developer

October 2003 to present

Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association

In collaboration with the Branch Executive Director, administrative staff, and Branch officers, designed and maintained the Pacific Coast Branch website to provide information to the branch community regarding the Pacific Coast Branch awards and annual conference. Worked closely with the CGU web administrator, Greg Mefferd, to implement and follow best practices in web design and server administration. URL: Pacific Coast Branch


Oral History Catalogue Web Developer

September 2002 to May 2016

History Department,
School of Arts and Humanities,
Claremont Graduate University

Designed and maintained the Oral History Catalogue at Claremont Graduate University website in consultation with the catalogue director, staff, and CGU web administrator. The catalogue is currently being processed by an archivist with the goal of digitizing and uploading more information regarding the interviews held by the History department at Claremont Graduate University. URL: Oral History Catalogue


School of Arts and Humanities Web Developer

September 2001 to 2005

School of Arts and Humanities,
Claremont Graduate University

Designed and maintained the website for the School of Arts and Humanities and its departments. Worked with the design team including professors, the dean, students, and staff to develop an effective web presence for the School of Arts and Humanities.


Digital Teaching & Training Experience:

Adjunct Professor, Digital Research Methods (HUM 340)

Summer 2007, 2008, and 2009; Spring 2010, 2011 and 2012

School of Arts and Humanities,
Claremont Graduate University

In consultation with CGU Arts and Humanities faculty, designed and taught a course to provide conceptual and practical experience in applying information technologies to support critical thinking and promote the ongoing integration of information literacy in humanities research and publishing. Digital Humanities is a collaborative approach to scholarship that combines traditional forms of humanistic study with informational technologies that have had and will have a role in shaping scholarship within the humanities. The course explored the core concepts of the digital humanities both theoretically and practically through discussion and “hands–on” experience using informational technologies to promote information literacy. Students developed digital skills, including information trapping, citation management, using social media, and web development and publishing using WordPress, as well as gained a greater understanding of the basic tools and “languages” of a digital humanist and their impact on humanistic study. Course syllabus: “A DH Syllabus


Web Design Guest Lecturer, Digital Humanities (HUM 340)

Summer 2004 — 2006

School of Arts and Humanities,
Claremont Graduate University

Designed and taught a workshop session on web design for HUM 340. Workshop sessions stressed creating user–centered websites that accommodated a variety of different users, adhered to fair use in content, and separated structure from presentation. The core goal was to demonstrate, through engaging with web development, the possibilities inherent not just in creating academic websites but in using and learning to use digital technologies.


“Digital Tools and Methods: Ideas and Links”

Spring 2012

School of Arts and Humanities,
Claremont Graduate University

Presentation emphasized sharing what I know, and have learned, about the digital tools and methods available to scholars to help them with doing, managing, and publishing research. Companion blog post: “Digital Tools and Methods: Ideas and Links.”


“Hashtags, the 3 Me’s, and the Digital Environmental Dissertation”

March 2012

American Society for Environmental History,
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Participated on a panel that sought to engage the wider EH community about the digital tools and projects being used and developed, and to encourage the community to think about how digital technologies are changing scholarship. Panel was proposed and organized via Twitter, following a Twitter conversation on defining a hashtag (#envhist) for Environmental scholars, planned and written using Google Docs, and shared through blog posts post-conference. Companion blog post: “The 3 Me’s and the Digital Environmental Dissertation


“Teaching Digital Humanities”

June 2011

THATCamp,
George Mason University,
Fairfax, Virginia

Participated in a session that explored rationales for promoting, developing, and incorporating digital literacy and the idea of the “Digital Humanities” into the humanities curriculum, from the secondary educational level through graduate work.


“Research Management Tools: Zotero, Mendeley, Endnote, and Google Scholar”

Spring 2011

Claremont Digital Scholars,

Claremont Graduate University

Presented for a workshop hosted and designed by CGU students from multiple disciplines, who had formed a digital scholarship group for exploring and sharing information on using digital citation management and other research tools to manage graduate research and writing.


“Digital Humanities: What We Teach, How We Teach It, and Why We Teach It”

March 2010

THATCamp SoCal,
Chapman University

Proposed and participated in a session that explored what, how, and why we should be teaching digital research methods in the humanities. Session participants developed a core list of technologies and methods that should be considered in teaching digital literacy, which included search programs and languages (e.g., regular expressions), web development, and database design. Companion blog post: SoCal THATCamp 2010: Teaching Digital Humanities


“Shakespeare in the Sandbox”

Fall 2009

Guest Lecture for Professor Lori Ann Ferrell,
Claremont Graduate University

Invited to guest lecture for a trans–disciplinary course on Shakespeare about developing a website for the course project. Students in the course sought to demystify the boundaries that keep students (particularly at the community college level) and readers from accessing Shakespeare. With this in mind I presented on the idea of the “Sandbox” from gaming culture (which uses an open–ended environment and narrative that encourages exploration and open–ended game play), and encouraged the class to use the National Endowment for the Humanities Start–Up Level 1 grant to propose, rather than actually build, a website that would help meet their goal. Companion blog post: Shakespeare in the Sandbox


Skills

  • Communication & Management:

    • Demonstrated experience using good judgment and initiative;
    • Excellent communication and organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail;
    • Ability to analyze/troubleshoot processes and remediate them;
    • Ability to gather, analyze, and share findings effectively;
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a production-oriented, team environment;
    • Excellent project and production management skills;
    • Demonstrated experience overseeing complex technology-based projects;
    • Excellent understanding of academic/research library and archive environments;
  • Software Application:

    • Experienced with content management systems (e.g., WordPress, Omeka, & Content DM);
    • Experienced with research management tools (e.g., Zotero);
    • Experienced with Adobe & Microsoft applications;
    • Experienced web file editing software (e.g., FileZilla & Atom) user;
  • Technical/Development:

    • Skilled Markdown user;
    • Skilled HTML/CSS developer;
    • Skilled LESS/SASS user;
    • Skilled in archival, design, & development standards and principles:
      • UX/UI principles;
      • user-centric principles;
      • content analysis principles;
      • metadata standards;
      • search engine optimization (SEO) principles;
      • user testing principles;
      • object-oriented programming (OOP) and model, view, controller (MVC) principles;
    • Experienced Bootstrap web framework user;
    • Familiar with the Flask web framework;
    • Familiar with PHP/Python;
    • Familiar with MySQL/XML;
    • Familiar with jQuery;
    • Familiar with GIS (Geographic Information Services);


Education

Coding Dojo, Full Stack Web Development Program

June — September 2016,
Concentration: Completed intensive 12 week online full stack (Python) web development program

Doctoral Student, Environmental and Digital History

Coursework completed, May 2007; withdrew from program, May 2016, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Major Research: From Rock, Wind, and Water: Natural History and Preserving Landscapes in the Puente Hills
Concentrations: United States Environmental and Cultural History; Digital History (Information
Technologies in Humanities Research)

Master of Arts, American History

May 1999, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Concentrations: United States Environmental, Cultural, and Social History

Bachelor of Arts, History

December 1993, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Concentrations: United States Political, Cultural, and Social History


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