Senior Research Associate/Program Coordinator

Job description

Open Date:


Classification Title:

Senior Research Associate/Program Coordinator for the Roberson Project


College of Arts & Sciences


Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, & Reconciliation

FLSA Status:

Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)

Career/Pay Band:


Work Schedule:

Full Year

Full Time vs Part Time:

Full Time



If Term, specify number of years:

2 year term with possible renewal with an anticipated hire date of August 1, 2021

Primary 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 Required:

Performance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.

Budgetary Responsibility:



MA or higher, preferably in a field related to African American history or studies. Completion of all requirements for terminal degree by position start date is preferred but not required.


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 Received:

This 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 Indirectly Supervised:

Work study students, summer research assistants

Any additional requirements specific to this position:

Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

EEO Statement:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]




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Job No:
Posted: 4/16/2021
Application Due: 7/15/2021
Work Type: Full Time