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Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar in Library/Museum Collaboration

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 23, 2018

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar in a Library/Museum Collaboration.

Department: Library
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 online application:

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 candidate.)

Department Summary
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.

Position Summary
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 12/31/2020.

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.

Minimum Requirements
• 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.

Professional Competencies
• Working knowledge of and/or experience in project management
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Evidence of ability to work effectively and collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds.
• Experience producing scholarly content in a variety of formats.
• Excellent research and writing skills.
• Experience with public speaking and presentations.

Preferred Qualifications
• Background in museums and/or library systems, data standards, exhibition curation, or publications.
• Two years or more of responsible project management experience.
• 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 .

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 to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination .

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