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  • Monday, November 13, 2023 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alfred Bush, the longtime Curator of Western Americana at Princeton University and WHA Honorary Lifetime Member, died on November 9, 2023. A published obituary is available on Town Topics, Princeton's Weekly Community Newspaper

    You can read about Bush's significant contributions to the field of western history in a recollection written by the WHA's Immediate Past President Bill Deverell (see below). I have also included a link to the 2006 piece written by former WHA President (2017) Steve Aron on Alfred Bush and the collections at Princeton: "The Western Man in the Eastern Parlor"

    Alfred L. Bush

    We mourn the death of Alfred L. Bush (1933-2023), Princeton University’s longtime Curator of Western Americana. Alfred mentored generations of students, particularly Native American students, at Princeton. He was unfailingly loyal, utterly kind, and it was always delightful to spend time in his company. When I was a young graduate student, Alfred advised me to attend the Western History Association meeting. I had no funding to do so, but Alfred made it happen. We spent time together in Santa Fe and nearby pueblos, and Alfred guided me to documentary and human sources for an essay I wrote on the return of Blue Lake to the Taos Pueblo. Alfred was funny, irreverent, and could see through artifice in an instant. He took me once to a springtime luncheon at the home of a fabulously wealthy woman who lived on an huge estate near Princeton. At the long table set for our meal, I had never seen so many silverware items and goblets placed at each setting. “I don’t know how to do this,” I said to Alfred. “It’s ok,” he said, “just watch me.”

    I watched Alfred Bush for decades, and I saw firsthand his geniality and generosity, his grace and humility. One day, decades ago, he and I were driving together on the Tesuque Pueblo, where Alfred’s adopted son, Paul, lived with his family. We passed a hitchhiker whom Alfred seemed to know. He stopped, and the man ran to our car. “Hi Bush!” he said. Alfred greeted him equally warmly (though I never knew Alfred to speak other than in his ‘indoor voice’). “Hello, Alfred,” he said. Our drive continued, with this young Native man referring to Alfred as “Bush” the whole time. After we dropped him off, I asked Alfred why our passenger called him by his last name. “Oh,” he said, “his name is Alfred, and he lives here. There can only be one Alfred.”

    That was true of our friend, too. There was only one Alfred Bush. His work on western subjects, particularly through investigations of Native American photography – Native as both subjects and artists – was ahead of its time. So many of us are saddened by his death, and so many of us are proud to call ourselves his friends and his students. Alfred made a difference, and he will be missed.

    William Deverell

    Divisional Dean for the Social Sciences

    USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences


  • Tuesday, November 07, 2023 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Montana The Magazine of Western History announces its 2024 Emerging Scholar Contest.

    Now in its fifth year, the emerging scholar contest was established to encourage graduate students, early career faculty, and previously unpublished independent historians to publish their work in a peer reviewed journal. Submissions can cover any topic relevant to the history of the American West and should be grounded in primary and secondary source research. Judges, who are members of the magazine’s editorial board, will assess the submissions based on the evidence of research, originality of argument, and quality of writing.

     

    Upon selection, the winning article will go through the peer review process and be published in the magazine. The winner also receives $1000 and an opportunity to travel to the Montana History Conference to give a presentation on their topic.

     

    Deadline is January 8, 2024.

     

    Submission Guidelines at:  mhspublications.submittable.com/submit

     

    Previous winners include:

    Alex Miller, “Building an Avalanche Community in the Mountain West: From Studies to Public Awareness, 1945-1985”

    Gregory B. LeDonne, “Rebranding Neoliberalism: Idaho’s Owyhee Ranchers Confront Rangeland Reform”

    Kerri Clement, “What is a country without horses? Robert Yellowtail and Horse Herd Restoration on the Crow Reservation, 1934-1944”


  • Monday, November 06, 2023 4:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Established in 1998, the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards recognize excellence in nonfiction that exemplifies the literary grace and commitment to serious research and social concern that characterized the work of the awards' Pulitzer Prize-winning namesake, J. Anthony Lukas, who died in 1997. Four awards are given: two J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Awards, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize.

    J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards

    Two J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, in the amount of $25,000, are given annually to aid in the completion of significant works of nonfiction on topics of American political or social concern. Recognizing that a nonfiction book based on extensive research often overtaxes the resources available to its author, the project envisions the Awards as a way of closing the gap between the time and money an author has and the time and money that finishing a book requires.

     

    J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

    The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, in the amount of $10,000, is given annually to a book-length work of narrative nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern that exemplifies the literary grace, commitment to serious research, and original reporting, that characterized the distinguished work of the award's namesake.

    Mark Lynton History Prize

    The Mark Lynton History Prize, in the amount of $10,000, is awarded to a book-length work of history on any topic that best combines intellectual distinction with felicity of expression. 

    Lynton Scholarship Program

    The Lynton scholarship program annually provides two research grants of $5,000 apiece to outstanding students in the Book Seminar class at Columbia Journalism School. These grants help support the reporting of narrative non-fiction books in the tradition of J. Anthony Lukas. Since the Lynton scholarships were first awarded in 2005, many of the student recipients have gone on to produce acclaimed books on subjects ranging from the destruction of the Great Lakes to the underworld of pop music piracy to an early school desegregation case brought by a family of Chinese immigrants.

     

    About J. Anthony Lukas

     

    The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, J. Anthony Lukas published five epic books, each of which examined a critical fault line in America’s social and political landscape by examining individual lives caught up in the havoc of change.

    A former foreign and national correspondent for The New York Times, Lukas tackled the country’s generational conflict in his first book “Don’t Shoot: We Are Your Children”; examined the impact of school desegregation in “Common Ground,” and told a sweeping tale of class conflict at the turn of the century in “Big Trouble,” completed just before his death in 1997.

    His other books were “The Barnyard Epithet and Other Obscenities: Notes on the Chicago Conspiracy Trial” and “Nightmare: The Underside of the Nixon Years.”

    Prof. Samuel G. Freedman on J. Anthony Lukas in Salon(link is external) (June 12, 1997)

    Robert W. Snyder on Lukas’ “Common Ground” in CJR (link is external)(Sept./Oct. 2006)

    About Mark Lynton

    One of the three Lukas Prize Project Awards, the Mark Lynton History Prize, is named for the late Mark Lynton, a business executive and author of “Accidental Journey: A Cambridge Internee’s Memoir of World War II.” Lynton was an avid proponent of the writing of history, and the Lynton family has sponsored the Lukas Prize Project since its inception.

    “I was born Max­ Otto Ludwig Loewenstein, in Stuttgart, Germany,” begins Mark Lynton’s autobiography, “Accidental Journey: A Cambridge Internee’s Memoir of World War II,” published in 1995 by The Overlook Press. A student at Cambridge University when WWII began, Lynton provides a witty account of his odyssey from internment at a Canadian detention camp to his return to England and, ultimately, enlistment in the British military, where he served for seven years. Assigned to the Pioneer Corps, Lynton later transferred to the Royal Tank Regiment, attaining the rank of captain. He completed his career with British Intelligence, interrogating German officers.

    Born on April 16, 1920, Lynton moved to Berlin two years later when his father was named head of a major German car manufacturer. Raised by a Swiss nanny, Lynton was bilingual in French and German and was educated in Germany, France and England.

    Lynton had a long career working for Citroen and was a senior executive at the firm Hunter Douglas in the Netherlands at the time of his death in 1997. His wife, Marion Lynton, and children, Lili and Michael, established the Mark Lynton History Prize as part of the Lukas Prize Project to honor Lynton, who was an avid reader of history. The Lynton family has generously underwritten the Lukas Prize Project since its inception in 1998.

    The Lukas Prize Project is co-administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.


    See more here.

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship in History

    “Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Western Borderlands” (Job # 123054)
    Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

    School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

    The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for one (1) postdoctoral scholar position in “Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Western Borderlands,” including the continental West and the Pacific Rim. This position is located at the Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. All postdoctoral fellowship positions are for one year, starting July 1, 2024. Options for an additional one or two years of funding or a transition to a tenure track position may be offered, depending on each fellow’s progress and training needs. Faculty tenure track appointments will require a process of review within the designated tenure home unit.

    The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS) is part of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As ASU’s largest humanities-based trans-disciplinary research and teaching school, SHPRS produces innovative and distinguished research on diverse subjects.

    SHPRS is well situated to provide training and mentorship in the area of the Western Borderlands. SHPRS has over a half-dozen scholars in History prepared to provide training and mentorship to a postdoctoral fellow.

    One of Arizona State University’s historic strengths is its expertise in Indigenous history and the history of the American West, a tradition that began in the 1960s and continues to thrive. ASU faculty in borderlands and Western history have produced numerous award-winning monographs. Over the course of several decades, distinguished historians at ASU have mentored scores of graduate students in the fields of U.S. West, borderlands, and Indigenous history. These scholars have gone on to success in academia, museums, public history, and beyond. The postdoctoral scholar will benefit from the collective expertise and institutional success in mentoring scholars in the field. SHPRS seeks to continue expanding its reputation and expertise in race, ethnicity, and gender in the Western Borderlands. SHPRS seeks a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow to welcome into this long tradition of excellence.

    The postdoctoral scholars selected will join a cohort of 10-15 other postdoctoral scholars at ASU as part of the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program aims to support the career development of outstanding Ph.D. recipients with great potential for advancing the ASU Charter into a future tenure track appointment at ASU.

    The program seeks applicants whose professional preparedness, experience, and accomplishments are informed by experiences working with and within groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. Where pools of qualified applicants are strong, priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate, through prior actions and achievements, intentional and actioned commitment to the values expressed in ASU’s charter. Such contributions include research or creative activity focused on empowering underserved populations; teaching, mentorship, and service that increases equitable access; and inclusion in fields where historically excluded populations are underrepresented.

    The School of Historical Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS) has committed to providing individualized mentorship and career development to ensure each candidate is well prepared to succeed in a future tenure track appointment. Career development and community building will also occur through programmatic support at the ASU Graduate College’s Postdoctoral Affairs Office.

    About Arizona State University

    ASU is a large, comprehensive, research university and for nearly two decades, has transformed into the “New American University,” one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. By our Charter and Design Aspirations, we center inclusion and success as values that drive the enterprise; adopt inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society’s greatest challenges; and develop innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan. To learn more about ASU, visit http://www.asu.edu.

    Qualifications and Characteristics

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • A Ph.D. in history or a related field by the time of appointment (and a degree conferred no earlier than 2019).
    • Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students and communities to advance the principles of the ASU Charter.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • A scholar whose work is multi-disciplinary and who will thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment.
    • Demonstrated interest in one or more of the following: the intersection of Indigeneity and Blackness in the Western Borderlands, empire, migration, diasporic communities.
    • Scholarship and service that reflect a commitment to the values expressed in ASU’s Charter
    • The ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people, both academic and non-academic.
    • Ability and willingness to present work in progress to the SHPRS community.

    The successful candidate will:

    • Receive a $60,000 fiscal year salary and a one-time relocation stipend of $5,000.
    • Receive a $3,000 research stipend.

    Job Duties (starting July 1, 2024):

    • Teach one course during the second semester. The first semester will allow the postdoctoral fellow to design a course with assistance from ASU and SHPRS instructional designers.
    • The Presidential Postdoctoral fellow will present his or her research at a scholarly conference.
    • The Presidential Postdoctoral fellow will present his or her research work in a presentation to the SHPRS community of scholars and students towards the end of the spring semester.
    • Focus their attention on developing and submitting a book proposal to a tier-one academic press. With support from faculty mentors, the selected candidate will work towards completing and submitting a book manuscript.
    • Receive training and guidance in placing academic articles in tier-one journals and navigating the peer review process.
    • Receive training and support in grant writing; the selected candidate may have the opportunity to work with fellow scholars in applying for small and large grants, including those from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and agencies such as the Ford and Spencer Foundations.

    Applications and Inquiries

    Applications can be submitted online at apply.interfolio.com/131608. Application materials should include the following:

    • a curriculum vitae;
    • a letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications noted above;
    • a statement of how your past and/or potential contributions will advance the values of the ASU Charter; and
    • contact information for 3 references including email addresses.

    Application deadline is October 28, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

    Inquiries can be directed to: Prof. Donald Fixico, Donald.Fixico@asu.edu. A background check is required for employment.

    ASU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For more information on ASU’s policies, please see: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and its complete non-discrimination statement at: https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

    In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965- 3456.


  • Friday, September 22, 2023 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2024-25 Bonquois Postdoctoral Fellow

    The Newcomb Institute of Tulane University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in women’s history for the 2024-25 academic year (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025). We invite applicants whose research is intersectional and engages with priority interest areas of our Institute, including women and politics, feminist social and political movements, gender-based violence, and/or sexual and reproductive health and rights. A research focus on 20th century women’s history in the Gulf South is preferred though not required. The fellow will conduct academic research, present their work at a public lecture, have regular mentoring meetings with the Newcomb Institute Director of Research, network with the Newcomb Institutes’ archivists, and join the interdisciplinary intellectual community at the Newcomb Institute and Tulane University. We ask that Newcomb Institute be acknowledged on all research products – e.g., papers, chapters, books – generated during this fellowship. We can support up to two undergraduate research assistants to support the fellow in their research, provided the fellow is able to mentor the students and provide acknowledgement or authorship for the students’ support.

    Required qualifications:

    1. Ph.D. in History, American Studies, or closely related field.

    2. Demonstrated research interests that take a historical and intersectional approach to gender, reflecting how race, class, sexual and gender identities, ethnicity, rural vs. urban location, and national identities intersect

    Preferred qualifications

    1. Research focus on 20th century women’s history in the Gulf South.

    Tulane University is located in New Orleans - a city with tremendous history of diverse cultures, community, and languages. Tulane University is committed to creating a community and culture that foster a sense of belonging for all. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We are intentionally seeking candidates who are committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in support of Tulane’s Strategy for Tomorrow. Tulane University is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity by phone at 504-865-4748 or email hr@tulane.edu.

    Apply via Interfolio (apply.interfolio.com/132380) by January 26, 2024


  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ARLIS/NA to Hold Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, April 2-5, 2024

    WESTFORD, Massachusetts – In April 2024, hundreds of librarians, curators, and arts information professionals will convene in downtown Pittsburgh for the 52nd annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). Pittsburgh was selected for the conference because it bridges the complex history of an American industrial city with a future of renewal, all of which are reflected in its art and architecture.

    The planning committee is developing a dynamic program showcasing the practices and research of arts information professionals across the continent from Mexico to Canada. The annual meeting provides opportunities to share expertise, establish meaningful bonds, and champion the profession. After two decades since ARLIS/NA’s last gathering in Pittsburgh, the conference returns with a program brimming with events, tours, and sessions centered on its open-ended theme called POP! The theme is a nod to the Pop Art movement, which is deeply rooted in the birthplace of Andy Warhol as well as an exploration into the new possibilities we can forge together. Meeting in the historic and stunning Omni William Penn Hotel, ARLIS/NA members will venture out to visit local museums, archives and other cultural sites including Fallingwater, and they will create new works at makerspaces and workshops. Keynote speakers from the Ohio Valley will join panelists from all over the world in expanding our vision of POP!

    As ARLIS/NA embarks on its next 50 years as an organization, it remains committed to the critical importance of engagement with the visual arts, celebrating the unique value that its members bring to the arts information field, supporting critical librarianship and recognizing the existential values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of its mission.

    About the Art Libraries Society of North America

    Founded in 1972, the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is a dynamic, international organization of close to 1,000 individuals devoted to fostering excellence in art and design librarianship and image management in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The membership includes architecture and art librarians, visual resources professionals, artists, curators, educators, publishers, students, and others interested in visual arts information. To serve this diverse constituency, the Society provides a wide range of programs and services within an organizational structure that encourages participation at every level.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN - SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIAN

    UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING 

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities.  We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives

    JOB TITLE:   

    Assistant/Associate Librarian - Special Collections Librarian

    JOB PURPOSE:   

    The University of Wyoming invites applications for Special Collections Librarian. The Special Collections Librarian provides managerial and curatorial oversight for the University of Wyoming’s special collections and the Emmett D. Chisum reading room. This position facilitates use of special collections and other library materials for research and teaching and collaborates with other library faculty to provide instruction sessions, reference help, and related services. The Special Collections Librarian supervises a Library Specialist who is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising hourly reading room staff. 

    Special Collections includes more than 50,000 published items, primarily related to the history and culture of Wyoming and the West.  Special Collections materials encompass a wide variety of subjects including National Parks, especially Yellowstone N.P.; African American history and experiences of the West; 19th and 20th century American Indian history, with special focus on Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes; tourism and recreation; and sheepherding and wool production.  

    The successful candidate will work with departments across the University of Wyoming and serve users both from the university community and the public. 

    This position reports to the assistant dean of Education & Research Services. Faculty rank (assistant or associate) will be determined at the point of hire.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

    • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Emmett Chisum Special Collections reading room including supervising staff, scheduling, and establishing hours of operation
    • Selectively acquire collection materials for teaching, research, and public programs 
    • Provide research services to students, faculty, and scholars by developing research guides, answering reference questions, and facilitating access to materials in the collections
    • Promote, publicize, and expand awareness of collections through exhibits, programs, displays, workshops, tours, and other methods
    • Improve access to collections materials that bring new narratives to light and focus on under-represented voices and communities
    • Collaborate with teaching faculty to develop assignments that utilize special collections resources; prepare and teach sessions
    • Collaborate with Libraries leadership, Digital Collections, and other colleagues to identify areas for growth of born-digital and digitized collections aligned to collection development priorities
    • Work with local, state, and national community partners and organizations to meet the university’s land grant mission of service to the state of Wyoming

    SUPPLEMENTAL FUNCTIONS:  

    As a member of the library faculty, the successful candidate is expected to pursue an active and ongoing program of research, service, and professional development. (https://www.uwyo.edu/regs-policies/_files/docs/regulations-2020/uw-reg-2-1-approved-10-14-20.pdf). Faculty rank (assistant or associate) will be determined at the point of hire.

    UW Libraries are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage applications from minority candidates, candidates with disabilities, and those with experience working in a multicultural environment.  Diversity resources for the University of Wyoming and the community of Laramie can be found at http://www.uwyo.edu/diversity/resources/.  For more information on UW Libraries, please visit https://www.uwyo.edu/libraries/

    REMOTE WORK ELIGIBILITY:

    This position provides vital support to campus customers and requires the successful candidate be available to work on campus.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  

    • MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution by start date
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Demonstrated interest in special collections, rare books, and/or archives
    • Knowledge of approaches that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within a complex organization and the desire to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds to create inclusive environments

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

    • Supervisory experience
    • Experience in selecting and acquiring library materials by purchase or donation
    • Demonstrated experience providing reference service and/or teaching with collections in a library, museum, or archives setting
    • Experience with the digitization of archives and special collections materials
    • Degree in History, American Studies, Art History, or other cultural studies subject relevant to the Chisum Special Collections
    • Certification in Museum Studies or Archives

    REQUIRED MATERIALS:  

    Complete the online application and upload the following for a complete application: cover letter, resume or C.V. and contact information for four work-related references.  

    HIRING STATEMENT:  

    UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.   

    In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position, please call 307-766-2377 or email jobapps@uwyo.edu.

    This position will remain open until filled. Complete applications received by 10/17/2023 will receive full consideration. 

    ABOUT LARAMIE:

    The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. The state of Wyoming continues to invest in its university, helping to make it a leader in academics, research and outreach. The university has state-of-the-art facilities in many areas and the community provides the advantages of a major university.

    Located in a high mountain valley near the Colorado border, Laramie offers both outstanding recreational opportunities and close proximity to Colorado’s Front Range, a bustling group of metropolitan cities including Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. This beautiful mountain landscape offers outdoor enjoyment in all seasons, with over 300 days of sunshine annually. For more information about the region, please visit http://visitlaramie.org/


  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    36th Annual UNC Charlotte Graduate History Association Forum

    “Empire and Power”

    February 16th-17th, 2024

    Call for Papers

    The Graduate History Association at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is excited to announce that our 36th Annual Graduate History Association Forum will take place on February 16th and 17th, 2024. This forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research before their peers as well as experts from a variety of historical fields. We are sed to announce Dr. William Katerberg as our keynote speaker and Dr. Carol Higham as our distinguished faculty speaker.

    The theme for this year's forum is "Empire and Power." In selecting this theme, we hope to attract a range of proposals discussing the relationship between empire and the ideas and practices of power. We encourage students in all historical fields, as well as disciplines outside of history, to submit paper proposals for consideration.

    Students interested in presenting at the conference must submit a 250-word abstract along with a current resumé or CV by December 1st. Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail by December 15th. Accepted presenters will have until January 20th to submit completed papers, which must not exceed 15 pages in length. All submissions and correspondence should be emailed to gha@charlotte.edu.

    UNC Charlotte Graduate History Association

    President: Katie Cordell Treasurer: Olivia Dobbs
    Vice President: Alec Slawich Senator: Megan White
    Outreach Coordinator: Carly Collins Secretary: Phoenix Riesing
  • Monday, September 18, 2023 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Lerner-Scott Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best doctoral dissertation in US women’s history. The prize is named for Gerda Lerner and Anne Firor Scott, both pioneers in women’s history and past presidents of the OAH. Submitted dissertations must be completed during the period July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 to be eligible for the 2024 Lerner-Scott Prize.

    Submissions are due by October 1, 2023. 


  • Monday, September 11, 2023 6:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Position Overview

    The Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas (KU) invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level expected to commence on August 18, 2024. The program seeks a scholar whose research and teaching examine the politics, ethics, and epistemologies of museum collections, exhibits, and pedagogy. We are particularly interested in Asian/Black/Indigenous/Latinx topics and/or museum politics, ethics, and epistemologies in a global context. We welcome applicants holding a doctoral degree in a related field, including (but not limited to) Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture/Historic Preservation, Art History, Education, Ethnic Studies, History, Natural Sciences, Public Administration, Visual Arts/Culture, and Women’s and Gender Studies. We are committed to considering a wide range of candidates for this broadly defined, interdisciplinary position and encourage you to contact the search chair if you are unsure whether your expertise and experience is a good match.

    The Museum Studies Program (https://museumstudies.ku.edu) is an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (https://college.ku.edu) that grants 10-15 M.A. degrees and graduate certificates annually. As an interdisciplinary program, most program faculty maintain affiliations with one or more departments/programs across campus. KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities, Biodiversity Institute, and Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities provide excellent resources to support research and teaching initiatives across the university. Students and faculty enjoy strong, collaborative relationships on campus with the Spencer Museum of Art, Natural History Museum/Biodiversity Institute, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Booth Family Hall of Athletics, and Wilcox Classical Museum. Numerous institutions of national significance are within a 45-minute drive of campus, including the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Park, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, American Jazz Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, National World War I Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, and the National Archives-Kansas City Branch.

    The successful candidate will have an active research program and will teach a 2-2 load, contributing their expertise in the politics and ethics of museums to core courses MUSE 801 (The Nature of Museums), MUSE 802 (The Culture of Museums), and MUSE 803 (Seminar in Current Museum Topics). They will develop specialized courses in their field of training and relevant professional domains (leadership, interpretation, collections, or community engagement). The ability to offer professionalization courses in an area such as management and development or digital technologies in museum practice is a plus. The successful candidate will also mentor students and serve on student committees for internship and final research projects.

    The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university, an R-1 institution and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Current enrollment is 28,500 (19,000 undergraduate), with students drawn from 112 nations and all 50 states. 20.6% of KU students identify as members of underrepresented groups. The 1,000-acre main campus is in Lawrence, a dynamic and diverse community of 95,000 in hilly northeast Kansas about 35 miles west of Kansas City. Lawrence is also home to the Haskell Indian Nations University, while the Kansas City metropolitan area is home to vibrant and historically significant Black and Latinx communities.
     

    Job Description

    In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/.  The successful candidate must receive valid U.S. work authorization prior to the specified start date.

    Job Duties:
    40% - Research:  Maintain an active and productive program of research in the candidate’s area of specialization, as measured by publications and public presentations of scholarship.

    40% - Teaching/Advising: Teach four courses per academic year in Museum Studies, mentor and advise students, and serve on/chair M.A. committees for Museum Studies final products.

    20% - Service: Service to the Program, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University, and the profession.
     

    Required Qualifications

    For rank of Assistant Professor:

    1. Doctoral degree in a related field, including (but not limited to) Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture/Historic Preservation, Art History, Education, Ethnic Studies, History, Natural Sciences, Public Administration, Visual Arts/Culture, and Women's and Gender Studies.
    2. Ability to teach college-level courses.
    For rank of Associate Professor:
    1. Doctoral degree in a related field, including (but not limited to) Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture/Historic Preservation, Art History, Education, Ethnic Studies, History, Natural Sciences, Public Administration, Visual Arts/Culture, and Women's and Gender Studies.
    2. Record of excellence in teaching.
    3. Record of demonstrated research activity commensurate with tenured appointment.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    Dr. Andrew Denning
    Museum Studies Director and Search Chair
    asdenning@ku.edu

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    For complete information, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/26226BR.  A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) cover letter detailing research activities, teaching interests, and service engagements; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) Statement (no more than two pages, single-spaced) detailing how your research philosophy, pedagogy, and public/institutional engagement contribute to an interdisciplinary M.A. program that trains museum professionals; and (4) names and contact information for three professional references, who will be contacted at a later time for shortlisted candidates.

    In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. Applicants will be asked to respond to the following prompt (no more than 4,000 characters, including spaces) at the time of application:

    • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
    Applicants are also encouraged to include or expand upon how they have contributed to building a culture of diversity and belonging within their other application materials.

    Application review will begin on November 1 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.
     

    Application Review Begins

    01-Nov-2023

    Anticipated Start Date

    18-Aug-2024

    Position Number

    x

    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    FTE

    1.0

    Reg/Temp

    Regular

    Advertised Salary Range

    Salary starts at $64,000 for Assistant Professor and $74,000 for Associate Professor

    Employee Class

    F-Faculty

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