The Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in association with the Office of the Chancellor seeks an innovative and creative scholar and public historian who will create and sustain a new Public History Project on campus.
The Project Director will be responsible for linking diverse community members within and beyond the University in order to recover and acknowledge the history of exclusion on the campus, especially through the voices of those who experienced and resisted it. This project has been proposed in response to a recently completed report about the history of organizations named for the Ku Klux Klan that operated on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in the 1910s and 1920s. More information about this initiative can be found at https://news.wisc.edu/content/uploads/2018/04/Study-Group-final-for-print-April-18.pdf. The University Chancellor has allocated funds for execution of the project.
The Project Director will use their expertise in conducting historical research in archives and libraries to document and create physical, digital, and video collections and tools to reflect the lived history of marginalized populations on the UW-Madison campus and to engage students and the community in this campus history. When complete, the project will include a research-based document summarizing the information gathered in an engaging way; public displays of the information using physical, video, or digital tools; curricular materials based on the information that can engage students in multiple types of classes across campus; and a database of materials collected by project staff from which cross-campus programming can be produced. The Director will work with an advisory committee composed of faculty, staff, students, and community members.
A Master's in History is required. A Ph.D. in history or closely related field is preferred.
The successful candidate for this academic staff position will have training and experience in oral and archival research, especially working alongside graduate and undergraduate students; a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of issues concerning racial and social justice; teaching experience; and a background of working with an array of marginalized communities including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ people, disabled people, immigrants, and religious minorities. The successful candidate will also demonstrate facility in project management, including budget and personnel oversight. The Director will work with an advisory committee composed of faculty, staff, students, and community members, so evidence of good interpersonal communication and collaborative skills is essential.
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