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|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 (starrcenter.washcoll.edu) is 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, and other programs. Its institutional partners have included the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian, and The New York Times. 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 Starr Center’s Deputy Director will work closely with its Director to conceive, implement, and manage activities and programs that promote the mission of the Center: fostering excellence in American history, American studies, and related fields; forging new institutional partnerships for Washington College; sponsoring scholarly and creative work on topics of broad public importance; hosting dynamic public programs and events; making connections between past and present and across disciplines; and creating on- and off-campus opportunities for students and faculty. An essential responsibility will be developing creative and exciting new programs that engage Washington College students in active, collaborative, experiential learning. The Deputy Director will be encouraged to maintain an active career in his or her own field, engaging students in the work whenever possible. The ability to teach courses is desired, and the possibility exists for this administrative position to include a part-time faculty appointment.
A Ph.D. or equivalent experience/credentials in American history or a related field (American studies, anthropology, etc.) is required. 3+ years’ experience in public history, history education, nonprofit management, or a similar field is also required. Expertise/experience in the field of public history is especially welcome, as is expertise in history, American studies, or anthropology from a Chesapeake or Mid-Atlantic regional perspective.
Washington College, with 1,450 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 chartered 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 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.
To apply, visit https://highereddecisions.com/wcm/current_vacancies.asp. Each application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, and at least one sample of the applicant's writing or other professional work. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. We would especially welcome applicants who could start in early 2015.
For individual questions, email Adam Goodheart, Director of the Starr Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Primary Category:||American History / Studies