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American Studies

Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor: Global & Intercultural Studies, Miami University

Global & Intercultural Studies:  Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor (possible multiple positions) full-time, one-year appointment for the 2016-17 academic year to teach introductory undergraduate courses in transnational American Studies; advise students.  Require:  PhD in American Studies or related cognate field by time of appointment (for appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor); ABD (for appointment as Instructor).  Desire:  Ability to teach students whose first language is not English or ESL Training strongly desired for at least one of these positions; interest in transnational popular culture; demonstrated teaching experience.

For this position, Miami University will not sponsor applicants for H-1B work status. 

Submit cover letter and vitae to https://miamioh.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=2710.  Inquiries can be directed to Kimberly Hamlin, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Screening of applications will begin May 13, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. 

Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, is firmly committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University does not permit and takes action to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking), race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. Miami University immediately investigates and takes disciplinary and/or remedial action when appropriate. Requests for all reasonable accommodations for disabilities should be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at (513) 529-3560. Miami University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: http://www.MiamiOH.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/index.html. Hard copy available upon request. A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.


Associate Lecturer, Part-time: American Studies, University of Toronto

The Centre for the Study of the United States & American Studies Undergraduate Program, at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, is hiring a Bissell-Heyd Associate Lecturer - Part-time (60%). This is a 12-month appointment (renewable each year for two subsequent years), with duties that extend beyond teaching and continue for the full year. The successful candidate must already hold a Ph.D. in American Studies or in a cognate field. For additional details on the position & how to apply, please go to our website at: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/csus/2016/05/19/job-posting-for-bissell-heyd-associates-lecturer-part-time-60/, or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Closing date: June 20, 2016.


Chairs, Deans, and Directors

Director of Collections and Research: The Olana Partnership, Hudson, NY

The Olana Partnership
The Olana Partnership (TOP) supports the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) in preserving and interpreting Olana State Historic Site (Olana).  TOP is both a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an education corporation chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York.  TOP’s annual operating budget is $1.5 million.  Through four decades, TOP has harnessed the passion and philanthropic support of thousands of supporters to restore Olana’s treasures of art, architecture, and landscape. TOP’s mission extends to the stewardship of Olana’s nationally-significant viewshed and to developing Olana as a vital educational resource for visitors from across the world and the communities of the region.  TOP’s vision is of a fully-restored Olana, vibrant with the activity of artists, scholars, students, and visitors, that will be the most widely-recognized artist’s home and studio in the world.

Olana State Historic Site
A National Historic Landmark, Olana is the greatest masterpiece of America’s preeminent artist of the mid-19thC, Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). He achieved international fame with paintings such as Niagara (1857) and The Heart of the Andes (1859) and created Olana over 40 years, beginning in 1860. Church designed every aspect of Olana: the eclectic fantasy of the main house, the bucolic assemblage of the farm complex, and the 250-acre landscape that provides a romantic, picturesque setting for the whole and engages sweeping 360-degree views.  Olana’s collections of art, artifacts, and archives total over 80,000 items and range widely, including Church’s own art and that of his contemporaries to the broad range of his and his family’s interests.  The Church-designed landscape includes parkland, farmland, an orchard, and five miles of scenic carriage roads.  Architectural collections include the Persian-inspired main house, Cosy Cottage, barns and outbuildings.  Collections in the main house include 16th- through 18th-century paintings, pre-Columbian artifacts, Mexican folk art, historic costumes, photography, and a 2,000-volume library. In 2015 there were approximately 170,000 visitors to the landscape and 30,000 visitors to the main house.

Position Description
TOP seeks a highly qualified individual for this newly-created senior management position.  The Director of Collections and Research will provide leadership and specific strategy to make Olana a world-renowned center for the study and presentation of American art and visual culture as they relate to the artwork and legacy of Frederic Edwin Church.  The Director of Collections and Research will be a key member of TOP’s senior management team, reporting to the President and working closely with all senior colleagues to realize TOP’s mission of inspiring diverse audiences through preserving and interpreting the full breadth of Olana’s collections of fine and decorative arts, architecture, and historic landscape, including Olana’s integral viewshed.  The Director of Collections and Research will be able to broadly interpret TOP’s mission statements and will be a part of the team fulfilling one aspect of its strategic plan - to “Make Olana Famous.” 

The ideal candidate is a committed scholar and creative thinker, who is skilled in collaboration to lead in the development and growth of an innovative and dynamic exhibitions program, to lead and promote research and scholarship, and to cultivate and secure support for collections-related projects.  S/he is a compelling writer who possesses the ability to develop strategy and content, manage teams and multiple projects simultaneously, work with external partners, and form productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.

Key Responsibilities
Collection Management

  • Oversight of conservation of all elements of the diverse collections (art, architecture, designed landscape) in collaboration with NYSOPRHP’s Bureau of Historic Sites, ensuring that appropriate processes are in place to safeguard and care for them.
  • Collaborate with NYSOPRHP’s Collections Committee to coordinate loan requests to ensure appropriate conservation standards, while advocating for opportunities to raise Olana’s profile.
  • Develop and implement conservation, restoration, and furnishing plans for the main house and its collections in coordination with NYSOPRHP’s Bureau of Historic Sites, including the arrangement of the tour floor rooms.
  • Develop and implement conservation, restoration, and interpretation of the site’s historic structures and designed landscape in collaboration with NYSOPRHP and TOP senior staff.

Research and Content Development

  • Develop exhibitions, publications (digital and text-based) and case-statements that demonstrate the significance of Olana, Frederic Church, and American art and culture.  Currently, Olana seeks to develop and implement a site-wide exhibition schedule that involves the Sharp Gallery, the Coachman’s House Gallery, and the historic landscape.  Exhibitions that include contemporary art that make connections to Olana’s collections are encouraged.
  • Lead in raising awareness of, and in promoting access to, Olana’s collections, including archival materials, to encourage a vigorous, digital, global research culture.
  • Engage and collaborate with other museums, historic sites, and organizations to develop and sustain vibrant connections.
  • Encourage creativity, good practice, and knowledge-sharing through programs, surveys, tools, and guidance.

Administration and Management

  • Establish strong relationships with individuals and grant-giving organizations to secure funding for collections-related projects in collaboration with TOP Development staff.
  • Collaborate closely with the Director of Education in developing collections and exhibitions-related programming.
  • Work closely with the Site Manager to ensure the smooth functioning of tour operations, in the main house and in the landscape.
  • In consultation with all staff, develop and manage research, conservation, and exhibition budgets.
  • Serve as one of the staff liaisons to TOP’s Curatorial & Education Committee.
  • Organize and lead Collections Advisory Group composed of TOP Board members and outside supporters and scholars.
  • Supervision of the Associate Curator and Archivist positions.

Qualifications

  • MA (Ph.D. preferred) with a specialization in a field directly related to one or more aspects of Olana’s collections, including: American art and visual culture; aesthetic theory; landscape history and theory; decorative arts; and American architectural history.  Knowledge of 20thC and contemporary art highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 5 years curatorial/museum experience required.
  • Record of significant scholarly achievement, including publications related to the applicant’s own field of specialization and to broader exhibitions and projects.
  • Substantial public speaking experience, with a record of presenting and interpreting material for a wide range of audiences, from scholars to the general public.
  • Proven ability to drive innovation and deliver transformational change, including a strong commitment to making collections more accessible and meaningful to the general public and for engaging diverse audiences.
  • Strong experience of strategic planning and development.
  • Knowledge of field-specific funding processes and a strong track record of raising funds from individuals and grant-giving organizations.
  • Leadership skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate people and manage staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing departmental and project budgets.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to build and sustain positive relationships inside and outside the organization and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment.

Compensation
A competitive compensation package, corresponding to the experience level and credentials of the candidate will be offered.

Equal Opportunity
We firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.

To Apply
Submit cover letter and CV along with sample publications with a significant interdisciplinary focus to:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 


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