The Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in association with the Office of the Chancellor seeks an innovative and creative scholar and public historian who will work closely with the Director of the Public History Project to create and support exhibit development, organize events, and assist in the day-to-day operations and management of the Project.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Public History Project, established and funded by the Office of the Chancellor, exists to recover, acknowledge, and interpret the history of exclusion on the campus, especially through the voices of those who experienced and resisted it. As the Project moves from its initial research phase to focus on its public-facing work, we seek a scholar with public history expertise to support the Director in exhibit development, digital humanities project design, and the facilitation and planning of campus discussions and events. The Associate Director will be particularly responsible for engaging diverse audiences across campus.
The successful candidate for this position will have a minimum BA or BS in Public History, Museum Studies, or a closely related field, an MA is strongly preferred. Extensive experience may be substituted for a graduate degree.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
1+ years experience in museum education or public programming;
1+ years experience with community-engaged research and/or scholarship;
experience with small- and large-group facilitation;
experience and expertise in writing for a public audience;
a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of issues concerning racial and social justice; and
a background of working with an array of marginalized communities including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ people, disabled people, immigrants, and religious minorities.
The successful candidate will also have experience with project management, including managing project timelines and partnerships.
The Associate Director will work closely with the Project Director and an advisory committee composed of faculty, staff, students, and community members, so evidence of good interpersonal communication and collaborative skills is essential.