Public Humanities Fellow Position
Sarah Lawrence College, in partnership with the Yonkers Public Library, invites applications for a Public Humanities Fellow starting in January 2023. This one-year fellowship is funded by our grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/news-events/news/2019-09-26-sarah-lawrence-awarded-1.2-million-mellon-foundation-grant-to-advance-civic-engagement-in-westchester-county-nr.html
This position will both enhance the work at the Yonkers Public Library and extend curricular and pedagogical innovation for the college.
The Public Humanities Fellow would manage and streamline projects already underway at the Library. This would entail collaboration with faculty to facilitate internships in three libraries, engaging cooperatively with Library staff to manage interns working on archival digitization, research, podcasting, oral history, and grant-seeking projects. The Fellow would manage the planning and execution of programming involving the community and the Library, such as author talks or discussions on local issues. This intimate look at the history of the Library will both delve into the past and be a springboard to the future. The Library has been working hard over time to understand what matters most to those they serve and in this project, the past may inform the future.
The Public Humanities Fellow will also teach courses at the College that will build on this work. While the Fellow's area of specialty is open, we envision courses based in history and/or some aspects of the social sciences (urban studies, library/museum studies, sociology, anthropology, public policy, psychology) that will involve our undergraduates in oral history projects and/or archival and community research.
The successful candidate will combine a Ph.D. or equivalent professional accomplishment in a relevant field with experience in community engagement. The candidate will enjoy working with teens and will create an equitable and respectful environment for them as well as other community members from various constituencies. Understanding the expanding role of public institutions – like libraries – in the evolution of society in urban areas will be important for a successful candidate. We invite interested candidates to submit a statement of interest and possible directions that they might take the Fellowship, along with a CV, three letters of recommendation, relevant evidence of teaching (such as syllabi or a statement of teaching philosophy), and a sample of their work
Requirements for Employment
Effective October 15, 2021, all employees of Sarah Lawrence College must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Exceptions to this requirement will only be considered for documented medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Any offers of employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check and submission of proof of vaccination.
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Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, visit https://slc.peopleadmin.com/postings/1860
Sarah Lawrence College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has as one of its goals the recruitment and retention of a racially and culturally diverse administration, staff and faculty. To that end, every job opening is seen as an opportunity to increase diversity and every effort will be made to expand the applicant pool in accordance with these goals.
The Yonkers Public Library (Library) is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alien or citizenship status, religion, gender (Including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, marital status, military status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sex offenses, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
Sarah Lawrence College is located in southern Westchester County, 25 minutes by train from midtown Manhattan, NYC. For information on Sarah Lawrence College, our curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy of education, please see our web site at https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/.
The Yonkers Public Library was established in 1893 to serve the citizens of the City of Yonkers. There are currently three branches; the Riverfront Branch in downtown Yonkers, the Grinton I. Will Branch on Central Avenue and the Crestwood Branch in the Crestwood section of the city. https://www.ypl.org/
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