University of Southern Mississippi, School of Humanities-History/Dale Center
Postdoctoral Researcher in History (DPAA)
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|Location:||Mississippi, United States|
Postdoctoral Researcher in History (DPAA)
The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society
University of Southern Mississippi
September 1, 2020—August 31, 2021
Grant Funded: Yes (2-year term)
Job Summary: The successful candidate will serve as a researcher and local-resource coordinator between the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) of the Department of Defense, the Dale Center for the Study for War & Society, and other individuals and organizations involved in the study of military history, to develop historical and archival research concerning the more than 80,000 Americans still missing from military conflicts dating back to the 1940s. The fellow will work in the Dale Center and have access to university resources and services. Some travel for training and research will be required.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
1. Utilize the scholarly resources of the University of Southern Mississippi as well as external entities to conduct research and analysis to support DPAA’s ongoing mission to account for missing military personnel.
2. Respond to requests from DPAA for research into specific matters relating to missing personnel, identify new sources of historical material, conduct oral history interviews, and make occasional visits to field sites, archives, and historical collections as determined by the DPAA.
3. Provide regular written research reports to the DPAA, write brief historical narratives, and offer occasional oral presentations.
4. Participate in the regular activities of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society, including public talks that capture the significance of the fellow’s research to the larger civilian and military communities.
5. Candidate may be asked to teach no more than one course per year in the History program as necessary.
6. Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in History or related field in hand by the start date, archival research experience, and strong written and oral communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in American History with an emphasis on modern military history, archival and field research experience, oral history experience, experience with public outreach, and/or experience with Department of Defense procedures.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts will be fine for initial interview phase, official transcripts will be needed before employment), two letters of reference, and an article/chapter length writing sample. To apply, upload all materials (except external letters) to https://www.usm.edu/employment-human-resources/ (Job #1516). All attachments must be uploaded at the time of submission. In addition, confidential letters of recommendations should also be sent directly to email@example.com. To be given full consideration, completed application should be received by August 28, 2020.
About The University of Southern Mississippi: The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected 4 Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit www.usm.edu.
About the Dale Center: The Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi serves as a local, national, and international resource for the study of the history of warfare and its influence on both soldiers and civilians. Our goal is to be a leading national institution in the study of war and society; to attract the top, most productive faculty in the field; to draw the most promising graduate students; and to serve the community by providing outreach and educational programming about the study of warfare in all of its facets. For more information: www.usm.edu/dale-center
As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.
Questions should be directed to: Dr. Kyle Zelner, Co-Director, Dale Center, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5047, Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001; Phone: 601-266-6196, Email: Kyle.Zelner@usm.edu.
|Primary Category:||Military History
|Secondary Categories:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Diplomacy and International Relations
Government and Public Service
Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
World History / Studies