Mellon Just Futures Grant ~ Two-Year Visiting Faculty Fellow
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Massachusetts, United States|
American Studies Program
Williams College invites applications for a two-year visiting faculty fellow in the arts, humanities, or humanistic social sciences, beginning January 1, 2022. We welcome applications from candidates who completed their Ph.D. or MFA within the last couple of years or who will have the Ph.D. or MFA in hand by the start date of the appointment. Williams is an institution that places a high value on undergraduate teaching; consequently, we seek applicants who can demonstrate in their supporting materials a capacity for excellent teaching and who have a commitment to working effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
The position requires vision, initiative, and a desire to join our vibrant community of scholars, practitioners, and activists who are part of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded “Just Futures” project, Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty, and Freedom. This collaborative, interdisciplinary, public humanities project endeavors to reshape the ways young people, communities, scholars, and college students understand the history and present-day of New England. The project aims to use the sea as one lens to grapple with intertwined histories of Indigenous and African-American people and experiences in the Northeast, and the closely related impacts of colonization and enslavement that have so deeply affected multiple communities. Equally important, the project foregrounds the continuous work Black communities and sovereign Native nations and tribes have undertaken to maintain freedom, self-determination, and cultural thriving in this region. The project is a collaboration between Brown University and its Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ), Williams College (including the Williams-Mystic Program), and the Mystic Seaport Museum. The visiting faculty fellow selected for this position would be located at Williams College or Williams-Mystic, with many opportunities for working both in Williamstown, MA and in Mystic, CT.
The salary for this position is $60,840 per year plus an allowance of $2,000 per year for research and professional travel expenses. The College will also provide health and dental benefits, relocation subsidy and college housing eligibility, and academic support including office space and a computer.
During the period of residence at Williams, the fellow will propose, develop, and offer one course each academic year and one course during Winter Study (our January term) that will address the project’s multidisciplinary, public humanities goals. The visiting faculty fellow will also undertake project work; participate in regular meetings of the partners and research cluster; contribute to exhibition research and writing in areas germane to their own subject expertise, and advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students involved in the project. Their research contributions will be deployed in the making of an exhibition at Mystic Seaport Museum and/or in an edited volume and catalog. As part of the project-related activities, the visiting faculty fellow will work with another faculty fellow from Brown University’s CSSJ and with curators and other staff from Mystic Seaport Museum. The fellow will be part of a multi-partner research cluster and will be involved in developing relevant project programming.
We seek a candidate whose work engages with any one or more of the following topics, particularly in ways centered in the American Northeast/New England and/or this region’s hemispheric and global connections:
● Native American/Indigenous experiences, histories, cultures, politics, and expressions
● African-American experiences, histories, cultures, politics, and expressions
● Afro-Indigenous intersections, histories, and identities
● Maritime history and coastal studies, with a focus on diverse human communities’ interactions with the sea
● Critical examinations of settler colonialism and its legacies
● Critical examinations of racial slavery and its legacies
● Community-based and decolonial approaches to knowledge formation
● Public humanities and community-engaged forms of interpretation and expression
Applications should be submitted via Interfolio and should include:
● a cover letter with a description of your research and teaching interests--this letter should also explain how you fit the eligibility criteria for the fellowship;
● a one- to two-page statement describing your teaching, research, and community engagement;
● a 1000-word statement explaining why this fellowship would be significant to your professional life; and
● three letters of reference.
As this is an expressly interdisciplinary project, we encourage eligible candidates to identify at least two academic units from those listed below with which they might affiliate and/or offer courses.
Fax and email applications will not be accepted.
Complete applications submitted by Friday, September 10, 2021, will receive full consideration.
All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check. Further information is available here: https://faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/
Williams is a liberal arts institution located in the Berkshires of northwestern Massachusetts with access to Albany, Boston, Burlington (VT), New York City, and Montreal. Distinguished by a reputation for outstanding and inclusive teaching and scholarship, academic excellence, and exceptional alumni loyalty, the college is committed to building and supporting a diverse learning community of approximately 2,200 undergraduates.
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.
Inquiries should be sent to Ngonidzashe.Munemo@williams.edu.
|Secondary Categories:||Art / Art History