Assistant Director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Maryland, United States|
C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
Washington College, Chestertown, Md.
The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is an institute dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to American history and culture. The Center is interdisciplinary and seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large. It does this especially by supporting and fostering the art of written history through residential fellowships, a major literary prize, a regular online feature in the New York Times, and other programs. It maintains ongoing partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and other institutions. From its base in the circa-1746 waterfront Custom House, the Center also serves as a portal onto a world of opportunities for Washington College students, sponsoring a variety of hands-on learning projects that take undergraduates outside the traditional classroom.
The Assistant Director will administer, manage, and promote activities and programs that sustain the mission of the Starr Center: fostering excellence in the study of American history, politics, and culture; building bridges among diverse academic disciplines and with other institutions; and creating special on- and off-campus opportunities for Washington College students and faculty.
An essential component of the job will be administering the George Washington Book Prize, a $50,000 award for the year’s best book on the history of America’s Revolutionary and founding era. The Assistant Director will also administer the Starr Center’s fellowships and scholarships for students and visiting scholars, and serve as the Center’s chief public-information officer, generating press releases and online content.
A B.A. is required. An advanced degree (M.A., Ph.D., or equivalent professional experience) is preferred, and a background in history is strongly recommended. Interest/expertise in such fields as the colonial and Revolutionary era, oral history, environmental history, the Civil War, Civil Rights, or Chesapeake history is especially welcome but not required.
Washington College, with 1,400 undergraduates, is a liberal-arts institution that emphasizes close student/faculty collaboration and integrative learning. Established in 1782, it is the nation’s 10th-oldest college and the first one founded in the newly independent United States, as well as America’s first fully secular college. George Washington was among the institution’s original trustees and major donors.
Chestertown, Md., is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a region rich in American history. It is 60 miles from the Washington, D.C., Beltway and 80 miles from Philadelphia.
For complete position description and to apply, visit: https://highereddecisions.com/wcm/current_vacancies.asp.
|Primary Category:||African American History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||History Education