Director, Public History Project
The Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in association with the Office of the Chancellor seeks an innovative and creative scholar and public historian who will create and sustain a new Public History Project on campus. This position will end on June 30, 2021; this position may be extended or become renewable.
The Project Director will be responsible for linking diverse community members within and beyond the University in order to recover and acknowledge the history of exclusion on the campus, especially through the voices of those who experienced and resisted it. This project has been proposed in response to a recently completed report about the history of organizations named for the Ku Klux Klan that operated on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in the 1910s and 1920s. More information about this initiative can be found at https://news.wisc.edu/content/uploads/2018/04/Study-Group-final-for-print-April-18.pdf. The University Chancellor has allocated funds for execution of the project.
The Project Director will use their expertise in conducting historical research in archives and libraries to document and create physical, digital, and video collections and tools to reflect the lived history of marginalized populations on the UW-Madison campus and to engage students and the community in this campus history. When complete, the project will include a research-based document summarizing the information gathered in an engaging way; public displays of the information using physical, video, or digital tools; curricular materials based on the information that can engage students in multiple types of classes across campus; and a database of materials collected by project staff from which cross-campus programming can be produced. The Director will work with an advisory committee composed of faculty, staff, students, and community members.
A Master's in History is required. A Ph.D. in history or closely related field is preferred.
The successful candidate for this academic staff position will have training and experience in oral and archival research, especially working alongside graduate and undergraduate students; a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of issues concerning racial and social justice; teaching experience; and a background of working with an array of marginalized communities including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ people, disabled people, immigrants, and religious minorities. The successful candidate will also demonstrate facility in project management, including budget and personnel oversight. The Director will work with an advisory committee composed of faculty, staff, students, and community members, so evidence of good interpersonal communication and collaborative skills is essential.
Interested candidates should find the position announcement at jobs.wisc.edu (PVL 96456), click on "Apply Now" and submit a letter of application describing the following: training and experience in oral and archival research; experience working alongside graduate and undergraduate students; interest in and knowledge of issues concerning racial and social justice; teaching experience; a background of working with an array of marginalized communities including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ people, disabled people, immigrants, and religious minorities; experience in project management, including budget and personnel oversight.
You will also be required to submit a curriculum vita and a writing sample of roughly 35 pages. You will be asked to provide contact information for three references; they will each receive an electronic link through which they can upload a signed letter of reference.
If the writing sample forms part of a larger book manuscript or dissertation, please include an abstract and table of contents or a statement of how the writing sample fits in with the larger project.
For full consideration, all materials must be received no later than midnight, Saturday, December 1, 2018.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
There is a possibility this position can be extended or become renewable if there is a need for an ongoing appointment.