TITLE: Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
DEPARTMENT: D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL.
SUMMARY: The Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies leads a research center designed to promote research, scholarship, and teaching in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the collection of the Newberry Library. The position includes leadership of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS). The Director of the McNickle Center reports to the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Plan, design, secure funding for, and implement research and educational programs that promote research, scholarship, and teaching in American Indian and Indigenous studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the Newberry’s collection; direct NCAIS; maintain close and effective relationships between the McNickle Center and scholarly and educational communities locally, regionally, and nationally; build and maintain collaborative relationships between the Newberry Library and Indian communities, both in Chicago and elsewhere in North America; develop and oversee budgets; manage a center staff assembled on a per-project basis to implement grant-funded and consortium programs; participate in the intellectual life of the Newberry; conduct a personal research program related to the center’s purposes; collaborate with other Newberry departments and divisions to maintain the center’s close participation in library activities and events; and perform all other tasks or activities as necessary for the achievement of departmental goals.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in American Indian and Indigenous studies, or a related field, required along with a record of published scholarship; scholarly creativity; entrepreneurial and administrative inclinations; ability to collaborate with scholars, librarians, teachers, and other cultural institutions and to represent the library in various settings. Research interests should relate to the Newberry’s collection in American Indian and Indigenous studies. Teaching experience is preferred, as is some form of prior administrative activity. Applicants also will be evaluated on the promise of future scholarly production and on breadth of knowledge in American Indian and Indigenous studies.
SCHEDULE: Full-time, 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday, occasional evenings and weekends for special events. Travel to NCAIS institutions is expected. Exempt position.
BENEFITS: First year – health, dental, vision and group life insurance, fifteen vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays. After one year of service – twenty vacation days, long-term disability, long-term care, and TIAA-CREF retirement plan available.
Date Posted: October 1, 2013. Applications accepted through November 1, 2013.
Date Available: January 2014 (with some flexibility)
About the Newberry Library: The Newberry Library, open to the public without charge, is an independent research library dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. The Newberry Library acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas. It promotes and provides for their effective use, fostering research, teaching, publication, and life-long learning, as well as civic engagement. In service to its diverse community, the Newberry Library encourages intellectual pursuit in an atmosphere of free inquiry and sustains the highest standards of collection preservation, bibliographic access, and reader services.
Send cover letter, cv, short (chapter or article length) writing sample, and contact information for three references to the Director of Human Resources. Applicants should indicate their start date availability in the cover letter.
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