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Duane H. King Postdoctoral Fellow

Helmerich Center for American Research, University of Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Date posted
Jan 26, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art History, Humanities, History
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title Duane H. King Postdoctoral Fellow Job Description

University of Tulsa/Helmerich Center for American Research
The University of Tulsa’s Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum seeks applications for its Duane H. King Postdoctoral Fellow. The Research Center houses the Gilcrease Library and Archive containing more than 100,000 rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and unpublished works. The collection dates back to the time of Columbus and details the Spanish arrival in the Americas, the New England colonies, the founding of democracy in the United States, and Anglo-Indian contact and conflict in the American West. The center also holds a large Native American collection of manuscripts, photographs, maps, and rare books. Materials housed at the University of Tulsa’s McFarlin Library Special Collections on the TU campus complement many of the center’s strengths, but offers unique research opportunities in English and American literature. The McFarlin Library Special Collections holds one of the five largest collections in the world on the celebrated Irish writer James Joyce and the life archive of Nobel Laureate Sir V.S. Naipaul. Other significant collections include a wide variety of British, Irish, and American modernist literature, a large and varied collection of materials on World War I, Native American history and culture, and Tulsa race relations.

While the Helmerich Center welcomes interdisciplinary applications from scholars with focus on any aspect of the Americas, we especially encourage applications from candidates who wish to conduct research in such thematic areas as: Maps/Mapmaking in the Americas, Native American history, Afro-Indigenous histories and the Freedmen of the Five Tribes in Indian Territory, New Spain and the Mexican Inquisition (16th-19th centuries), the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, American literature and rare books, and Charles Marion Russell’s life and work.

Position Summary:

The Duane H. King Postdoctoral fellow will teach an undergraduate course in the fall semester, one course in the spring semester, present research at one works-in-progress seminar, run a one-day workshop for local teachers, conduct research in the Gilcrease Museum library and archive at the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR) and McFarlin Library Special Collections (if applicable), and participate in the intellectual community of the university. Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.

Essential Functions (Responsibilities):


  • Conduct research in the Center’s library and archive, as well as McFarlin Library’s Special Collections when applicable.
  • Teach one course in the fall semester and one in the spring in the fellow’s academic field/department.
  • Present research at one Works-in-Progress Seminar at HCAR during the academic year and attend all other scheduled seminars.
  • Occasionally give talks on campus related to fellow’s area of research specialty.
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director, TU faculty, and Gilcrease Museum staff, design and execute a public program or K-12 teacher workshop related to one’s area of research interest.
  • Support the ongoing work of the museum and HCAR with interpretive planning, collections development, occasional writing on museum collections, presentations, and other projects as assigned.
  • Participate in the intellectual community of the university.



Required Qualifications   Preferred Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a humanities, social science, or other field related to the Gilcrease Museum collections
  • Must have 1-3 years’ experience teaching undergraduates at a college or university
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Exemplary research skills and experience
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently in a fast-paced environment, drive projects to completion, and act with a sense of urgency.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and familiar with Access, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • A collaborative team player, who can coordinate work effectively with staff, faculty, students, and community members.
  • Must be able to work evenings or weekends as required for special events.
  • Occasional travel required to represent HCAR, Gilcrease Museum, and TU at academic and professional conferences may be assigned.
  • The essential job functions and associated qualifications contained in this document describe the general nature and level of the work performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive listing or be inclusive of all aspects of the job. The tasks and procedures involved in the performance of the essential job functions may vary from day-to-day. Major changes in areas of responsibility may occur, as directed by management, and will require revision of this job description.

Physical Demands

Dexterity to perform repetitive keyboard and data entry functions, and the ability to lift; may be subject to standing, sitting, reaching, balancing, bending, and other physical motions in the course of normal activity; vision sufficient to perform essential tasks and to communicate effectively is required.


The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status. The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/ Veteran.

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation

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