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Public Humanities Fellow with Yonkers Public Library beginning August 2023

Sarah Lawrence College

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Public Humanities Fellow with Yonkers Public Library beginning August 2023

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Job Description
Sarah Lawrence College, in partnership with the Yonkers Public Library, invites applications for a Public Humanities Fellow starting in August 2023. This one-year fellowship is funded by our grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation:

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.

Required Qualifications
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.

The search committee will begin their consideration of applications on December 1, 2022.

Preferred Qualifications

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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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

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.

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Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study, conduct independent research, and connect a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan.

In addition to our round-table classrooms, Sarah Lawrence has outstanding theatres, art and performance studios, and music spaces; modern science labs; state-of-the-art graphic computing equipment; competitive sports facilities; a 60,000-square-foot visual arts center; and recently renovated dining facilities.

Our students are men and women who share an enthusiasm for intellectual rigor, academic risk taking, creativity in all disciplines, and original and interdisciplinary work. We are particularly committed to having our faculty, administration, and student body reflect the social, racial, and economic diversity that characterizes our society. The College’s 1,377 undergraduate students come from nearly every state and from 53 countries; 84 percent of undergrads live on campus.

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country.

Working At Sarah Lawrence College

As a Sarah Lawrence employee, you will join a warm, challenging, and diverse community that offers both quality of life advantages and tangible, valuable employee benefits.

When you work at Sarah Lawrence, you:

  • Receive outstanding benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision plans that exceed the standard plans offered by many companies and institutions, and an exceptional retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.
  • Have unparalleled educational opportunities, such as tuition benefits on campus for employees, their spouses, and their children; discounted tuition to the College’s renowned nursery school; and tuition benefit programs for dependent children who attend other colleges.
  • Have continuous opportunities for advancement, as it is College policy to fill vacancies by promotion or transfer whenever possible.
  • Enjoy boundless cultural experiences, including readings, lectures, music, theater, film screenings, dance performances, art exhibitions, and a state-of-the-art library, free to employees. · Have free access to the 48,000-square-foot Campbell Sports Center, with a six-lane pool, modern weight/fitness training center, squash courts, gymnasium, indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and fitness classes, open to employees seven days per week.
  • Have several on-campus options for meals, plus off-campus discounts at local restaurants and stores.
  • Work in a convenient location close to all major highways, easily accessed from the Metro-North Harlem line, and 35 minutes from mid-town Manhattan.
  • Enjoy free parking on campus, a 10% discount at the college bookstore.
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