Senior Research Associate/Program Coordinator

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Open Date10/28/2020Close DateClassification TitleSenior Research Associate/Program Coordinator for the Roberson ProjectDivisionCollege of Arts & SciencesDepartmentRoberson Project on Slavery, Race, & ReconciliationFLSA StatusExempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)Career/Pay Band2CWork ScheduleFull YearIf Other, specify monthsFull Time vs Part TimeFull TimeAppointmentTermIf Term, specify number of yearsanticipated dates: February 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023Primary Function

The Research Associate’s primary function includes conducting historical research pertinent to the Roberson Project, publishing that research in appropriate forums (including online), and providing administrative and social media support to further the mission of the Roberson Project on Sewanee’s campus and beyond.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities
  • Work with team of scholars who are conducting archival and other historical research on and off campus;
  • Disseminate research in online forums (blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and, where pertinent, in professional outlets;
  • Provide administrative support to Project director in organizing programming and other public events;
  • Act as advisor to College and Seminary student groups affiliated with the Project;
  • Train summer undergraduate and graduate assistants in research methods and oversee their work;
  • Supervise work study students during academic year;
  • Act as public ambassador of the Roberson Project in meetings with alumni and members of Sewanee community.
  • Work closely with Project director in maintaining website and social media outlets;
  • Developing and maintaining communications networks, including quarterly newsletters.
Judgment RequiredPerformance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.Budgetary ResponsibilityNoneMachines & Equipment UsedEducation

PhD, preferably in field related to African American history or studies. Completion of degree no more than five years prior to position start date; requirements for degree must be completed by time of starting job; degree awarded by Sept. 1, 2021.


Experience in history-based archival research.

Job Related Skills

Social media, MS Office; digital humanities (preferred)



Student Contact



Membership on Project Working Group


The Research Associate/Program Coordinator will represent the Roberson Project at public events both on and off campus, including making presentations to alumni, parents, and trustees

Supervision ReceivedThis position receives general supervision. Broad instructions are provided and the staff member uses judgment and experience to carry out assignments. Completed assignments and finished products are reviewed by supervisor after completion.Positions Directly SupervisedPositions Indirectly Supervised

Work study students, summer research assistants

Confidential InformationWorking Environment

Office environment

Physical RequirementsAny additional requirements specific to this positionUniversity Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

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      Posted: 10/29/2020
      Application Due: 11/17/2020
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