Seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar in a Library/Museum
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 12 Month
Review of Applications Begins
April 13, 2018; open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to your resume, please include the following with your
1) A cover letter that clearly articulates how your knowledge and
experience make you an ideal candidate for this position.
2) A current CV
3) Three professional references, one of whom must be a current or
former supervisor. (Note: References are only contacted at the
final stage of recruitment after prior notification to the
About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
The only academic art museum in Oregon accredited by the American
Alliance of Museums, the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer
Museum of Art (JSMA) features engaging exhibitions, significant
collections of historic and contemporary art, and exciting
educational programs that support the university’s academic mission
and the diverse interests of its off-campus communities. The
mission of the museum is to enhance the academic mission of the
University of Oregon and further the appreciation and enjoyment of
the visual arts for the general public. The JSMA’s collections
galleries present selections from its extensive holdings of Asian,
American, Latin American, and European art. Special exhibitions
galleries display works from the collection and on loan,
representing many cultures of the world, past and present.
About the University of Oregon Libraries
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the
University’s educational, research, and public service mission.
With five locations on the Eugene campus, and branches at UO
Portland and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the
Libraries offers services and many flexible and well-equipped
environments for library users’ research and learning needs. Its
mission is to actively support the student learning experience,
enable the creation and stewardship of knowledge, and contribute to
advancements in teaching, research, scholarship, and public
service. The University of Oregon Libraries is the only Association
of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon.
This limited-duration Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar (MPS) position is
funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support
of the University of Oregon (UO) initiative, “Leveraging GLAM
Assets in Research, Teaching, and Learning: Faculty Fellowships to
Advance Library-Museum Collaboration.” Reporting to the two Project
Investigators (co-PIs) for this Mellon-funded initiative, one based
in the UO Libraries and one based in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of
Art (JSMA), The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar in
Library/Museum Collaboration will be the first joint appointment to
the UO Libraries and the JSMA. The position will end on
The MPS is a unique opportunity for a recent PhD recipient in the
arts and humanities to develop as a researcher and scholar in a
cross-disciplinary library/museum environment. The MPS will learn
from and participate in the intellectual design, implementation,
and assessment of this new, experimental program. The MPS will
conduct research related to organizational models, best practices,
digital tools and systems, and relevant research methods that will
inform the program design and implementation. To achieve the
program’s learning outcomes for the position, the MPS will benefit
by participating in a formal mentoring plan, which will include
training in library/museum practices, collaboration with
experienced program leaders and participants at regular meetings,
and completion of assignments to help faculty fellows design and
develop their grant-funded projects.
Under the guidance of the library and museum co-PIs, the
incumbent’s learning and experiences will be enhanced by training
in grants administration and project management principles and
techniques, which will benefit the MPS’s future research and
scholarship endeavors. The incumbent will help the co-PIs
administer the overall program, will supervise two Graduate
Employees (GEs), and will provide hands-on development support to
faculty grant recipients. The MPS, with support from the GEs, will
solicit applications and coordinate a publicity campaign for a
competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) project-intake process to
identify faculty partners and projects. The MPS, working with the
faculty fellows, will determine the outcomes of and assess the
projects. The MPS arranges periodic meetings with stakeholders and
grant recipients on a regular basis as directed or as necessary to
ensure successful outcomes. The MPS will provide training of grant
recipients with support from JSMA and Libraries staff.
Because the grant itself is an innovative model, the MPS will
conduct original research on this and similar Mellon-funded
proposals that advance GLAM priorities, assessing the effectiveness
of the model, and sharing findings with others through
presentations at academic conferences and meetings, and through
scholarly publications. In this way, the MPS will be disseminating
scholarly information regarding this new model of research,
teaching, and learning using library/museum assets.
This position requires close collaboration and clear communication
with multiple different departments across the University campus.
Utilizing knowledge of the Libraries’ and JSMA’s resources, as well
as university-wide resources. The MPS will work closely with
faculty fellows, the provost’s office, and other entities to ensure
effective promotion of the program and faculty participation. This
includes timely communication with and outreach to University
departments, communications staff, and project participants.
• PhD in art history, digital humanities, history, museum studies,
library and information science, or closely related field; or
documented evidence that the Ph.D. will be completed before the
start of the position.
• Working knowledge of and/or experience in project
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a
• Evidence of ability to work effectively and collaboratively with
faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds.
• Experience producing scholarly content in a variety of
• Excellent research and writing skills.
• Experience with public speaking and presentations.
• Background in museums and/or library systems, data standards,
exhibition curation, or publications.
• Two years or more of responsible project management
• Fluency with digital scholarship and/or digital
humanities-related tools and methods.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful
completion of a background inquiry.
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits
package to eligible employees, including health insurance,
retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about
benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance
with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals
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