JOB: Postdoctoral Fellowship In Asian-American Studies @ Wellesley

Wellesley College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian-American studies, to begin Fall 2012.  Candidates should have received the Ph.D. within the past three years (ABD considered). Preference will be given to the fields of history, ethnic studies, American Studies, anthropology, and sociology.The Fellow will be in residence at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities the first year and will be expected to take an active role in its intellectual community. In the first year year, the Fellow will teach one course, and in the second year one course each semester, including an introductory course in Asian American Studies.  The Fellow will also be expected to advise students and participate in programming for American Studies.  The fellowship includes support for research and travel.

Please submit only in electronic form the following: a letter of application, a c.v., a graduate school transcript, three letters of recommendation,(The online application will request names/email address so that recommenders or dossier services may submit the letters directly.)a brief statement of teaching experience and research interests, and a writing sample to  Applications must be received by October 15,2011. If circumstances do not allow you to submit materials through our on line application system, please email us at

Wellesley is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.


JOB: Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies @ York University

J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry

York University

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University invites applications for the J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry to commence July 1, 2012. J. Richard Shiff QC, an alumnus of Osgoode Hall Law School, was a prominent businessman, teacher and philanthropist. Founded in 1997 by a generous donation from the Shiff family, the Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry was established to support excellence in teaching and research in Jewish Canadian Studies, and to act as a liaison between the academic world and the rest of the community in order to promote greater recognition of the importance of the Jewish experience in the larger Canadian context.

The Faculty seeks a scholar of international stature in an area of Canadian Jewish Studies, who will be responsible for teaching two full-year courses (or their equivalent) and the delivery of annual academic and public lectures. The holder of the Chair will join the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies as well as an appropriate academic department within the Faculty. The Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies is world renowned for excellence in Jewish education, modern Jewish studies, Jewish history, philosophy, sociology, languages, literature and religion. The Shiff Chair is a position at the rank of Full Professor or Associate Professor. Applicants should have demonstrated strengths in research in one of the Centre’s areas of strength, evidenced by a strong record of publication and research. A PhD is required at the time of appointment and preference will be given to applicants with experience supervising graduate students. We seek an individual who will pursue a vigorous research program in an interdisciplinary environment and can demonstrate a commitment to high-quality undergraduate and graduate teaching. The successful candidate must be eligible for immediate appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests and selected publications, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly, by October 31, 2011, to: Patricia Burke Wood, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, S-949 Ross Building, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York’s website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416.736.5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

JOB: Assistant Professor, American Studies Program @ Smith College

The American Studies Program at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.  This position will be housed in the American Studies Program; its occupant will contribute two of four yearly courses to the Department of History. Candidates must be well prepared to teach the range of theoretical and methodological questions, both established and emerging, central to American Studies scholarship, and they should be prepared to teach an Early American survey in the History department. We seek a candidate who will not replicate our current strengths in 19th and early 20th century history; we are particularly interested in candidates who work with Native American materials and/or cross-cultural encounters in early America.

Located in the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts, Smith is especially well suited for such work. Founded in the early 1960s, the American Studies Program at Smith is one of the oldest and most highly regarded among undergraduate institutions. The College’s membership in the Five College Consortium (with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst) makes available various modes of interaction and engagement with colleagues and students beyond Smith as well. We especially value intellectual versatility, a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, ability to work across periods, and alertness to the transnational and comparative perspectives that have reshaped American Studies work in recent years. Ph.D. in hand and prior teaching experience preferred.

Submit application at with letter of application and curriculum vitae. Questions regarding the search should be directed to Professor Michael Thurston, Director of the American Studies Program (  Review of applications will begin August 20, 2011. Interviews with semifinalists will be held at the American Studies Association meeting in Baltimore, MD (October 20-22), or, if necessary, by telephone. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.

JOB: Graduate Fellowship @ African American Museum in Philadelphia [AAMP]

Graduate Fellowship in Museum Practice

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is offering a year-long fellowship for current students or recent graduates of graduate programs in African American Studies, History or Humanities funded by The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Graduate Fellowship in Museum Practice Program is geared to provide students with a comprehensive practicum in professional museum work with exposure to Collections Management, Museum Education, Exhibitions, Development, and Visitor Services.

At the conclusion of the year-long fellowship, each graduate fellow will have experienced the following:

  • working in the Collections, Education, Exhibit, and Visitor Services departments of a mid-size museum (AAMP)
  • developing an independent project utilizing the resources of AAMP’s collections
  • performing field assessments at small African American museum and collecting institutions; and,
  • supporting the delivery of four seminars geared to small museums/collecting institutions

The fellowship experience will be enriched through attendance at three major conferences and visits to other museums and cultural institutions.  Successful applicants will work at AAMP from month/year to month/year.

All applicants must:
Be currently enrolled or hold a recent graduate degree in African American studies. Students with degrees other than African American Studies must have a demonstrated interest in African American History or Culture.
Have a demonstrated interest in working in museums or archives. (This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, and/or through a personal statement in application essay).
Be able to work 25-30 hours per week.
Be available to travel for conferences and site visits throughout the year.

The annual stipend for this fellowship is $25,000.

Contact: Leslie Guy, Conservator and Curator of Collections,



JOB: The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship, 2011-2014

The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship, 2011-2014

The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design is pleased to
announce a fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an
outstanding junior scholar who wishes to pursue a curatorial career.
The Mellon Fellow will be fully integrated into the Museum’s
Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. The Fellow will have
access to the museum collections and research libraries in the region
and will enjoy all the professional privileges of the museum’s staff.
The Fellow will be expected to participate in strengthening the
Museum’s engagement with the academic curricula at Brown University
and RISD.

Core Activities
Become familiar with the collection’s 24,000 works on paper and
undertake research in area of expertise. Supervise the Museum’s active
study room for prints, drawings, and photographs. Assist with
departmental exhibitions, catalogue new acquisitions, give regular
presentations to classes and gallery talks, answer queries about the
collection, and interact with scholars, students and the public on
matters concerning the collection. Work with the two department
curators to help develop collaboration with faculty at RISD and Brown
University to encourage greater use of the collection in classes and
individual study. In collaboration with a faculty member from Brown
and/or RISD, propose an exhibition and publication to be presented in
the third year. Travel with the department’s curators to explore
potential acquisitions, and to attend scholarly conferences and
relevant exhibitions. Assist with management of day to day
departmental activities as assigned.

Ph.D. (or ABD) or equivalent in Art History or closely related field,
with demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the history of the
graphic arts. Strong communication skills and museum or teaching
experience are essential. Knowledge of a European language is highly

The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow is a three-year fellowship. The
Fellow receives an annual salary plus benefits and travel and research

Application and Deadline
For more information about RISD and to apply online, please visit  Review of applications begins immediately,
and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit
their materials by September 1, 2010 will be assured full
consideration.  A complete application will consist of:

• A letter of interest
• A curriculum vitae
• A statement describing the applicant’s area of research and
potential relationship to the museum’s collections
• A copy of a published paper or a writing sample
• Three letters of recommendation, including the names and contact
information for references

RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

JOB: Curator of African Art, University of Iowa Museum of Art

Nominations and applications are invited for the full-time salaried position of Curator of Non-Western Art at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). The curator will be responsible for the world-renowned Stanley Collection of African Art, and the entire collection of African Art, as well as for the arts of the Ancient and Native Americas, Ancient European Art, and a growing collection of Asian Art, as well as other areas of the collection, as needed.

The curator possesses deep knowledge of the UIMA collection and shares this
knowledge with students, staff and the public primarily through research,
exhibitions, presentations and publications. The curator acquires new art
for the collection working with the museum director, colleagues, donors and
the art market.

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OPP: Archaeological Field School on Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities

Archaeological Field School on Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Anth. 454-CF and 455-CF (6 credits; 6 weeks), May 23, 2011 to July 1, 2011

This field school will provide training in the techniques of excavation, mapping, controlled surface surveys, artifact classification and contextual interpretation. Students will work in supervised teams, learning to function as members of a field crew, with all of the skills necessary for becoming professional archaeologists. Many students from past University of Illinois field schools have gone on to graduate study and professional field-archaeology positions. Laboratory processing and analysis will be ongoing during the field season. Evening lectures by project staff, visiting archaeologists, and historians will focus on providing background on how field data are used to answer archaeological and historical research questions.

Learn more on our web site —

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JOB: Curatorial Fellowship @ Indianapolis Museum of Art

Weisenberger Fellow of American Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is pleased to announce an 8-month graduate curatorial fellowship. The Weisenberger Fellowship provides curatorial training in American art and supports scholarly research of the IMA collection of American painting and sculpture from 1800 to 1945. The Weisenberger Fellow is fully integrated into the museum’s curatorial division and has responsibilities in collection management and preparation of interpretive materials.

The Weisenberger Fellow will receive a stipend of $16,000 plus benefits, and housing on the museum campus is provided. The 8-month fellowship period will begin in October 2011.

To be eligible for the fellowship, the applicant must hold a Master’s degree in art history or a related field. Applicants must demonstrate scholarly excellence as well as a strong interest in the museum profession. Applications should include a cover letter explaining your interest in the fellowship, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and 3 letters of recommendation. Applications must be received by May 15, 2011.

Application materials may be emailed to or mailed to:

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Attn: Human Resources

4000 Michigan Road

Indianapolis, IN 46208-3326

FEL: Mellon Curatorial Fellowship for African-American Art @ Birmingham Museum of Art

Mellon Fellowship Job Description
The Mellon Fellowship offers a post-doctoral candidate the opportunity to gain professional curatorial experience in a major museum setting.  The Fellow is primarily responsible for collection- and exhibition-related research focusing on African-American art and artists and related issues, with an emphasis on developing engaging exhibitions and publications, researching and identifying acquisitions through purchase and gift, audience development, fundraising and public relations, and additional duties as appropriate to specific projects.
The Museum boasts impressive holdings of African-American art in a wide variety of media by artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Robert S. Duncanson, Bill Traylor, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Ernest Withers, Thornton Dial, Jack Whitten, Lorna Simpson, Kerry James Marshall, Carrie Mae Weems, Glenn Ligon, Odili Donald Odita and numerous others.  In addition to this impressive foundation, there exists an avid local collector base and a concentrated commitment on the Museum’s part to further acquisitions of African-American art, especially the work of emerging and mid-career artists.  The Birmingham Museum of Art aims to amass a world-class collection that illuminates the range of motivations, creativity and aesthetics of black artists working in all artistic media, with the eventual goal of being a center and requisite destination for anyone with an interest in viewing, studying and researching the art of 20th– and 21st-century African-American artists.
The position reports to the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and also works in close association with the Curator of American Art. As a two-year, full-time commitment, the Fellow is exposed to all aspects of curatorial operations and participates in the daily activities of the Museum’s curatorial department.  With a start date as early as July 1, 2011, the fellowship carries a yearly salary of $44,000 plus selected benefits. Additional operating resources are designated to support the research and implementation of programs and exhibitions devised by the Mellon Fellow.
The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in art history with demonstrated expertise of African-American art, and strong collaborative and organizational skills. In addition, the Fellow must be a passionate and energetic person with the ability to manage, research, exhibit, and develop an important collection. S/he must have the interest and ability to share the collection with diverse audiences and to build a positive image and lasting relationships for the Birmingham Museum of Art. S/he must be an innovative thinker and a great communicator with the ability to present the African-American art collection to all internal and external constituencies and must have a reputation for the highest level of integrity and credibility.
Museum Description
Founded in 1951, the Birmingham Museum of Art is one of the premier museums of the southeast, with a collection of over 24,000 objects that represent a rich panorama of international cultures, past and present.  Six curators oversee the collection in the areas of European Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Decorative Art, Asian Art, Arts of Africa and the Americas, and American Art.  The Museum’s educational programs are designed around the collection and special exhibitions, and provide opportunities for all ages and levels of experience to connect with art. Visit for more information.
Procedure for application
Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement specifying: 1) the applicant’s research goals; 2) how these goals relate to or will benefit the Birmingham Museum of Art and Birmingham community; 3) and how resources at the BMA might be used to accomplish these goals.
The application deadline is May 27, 2011, however review of applications will be ongoing and applications received after the deadline may be considered. The Birmingham Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Application materials should be sent to:
Jeannine O’Grody
Chief Curator
Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35203


OPP: MESDA SUMMER INSTITUTE to focus on Charleston


THE CAROLINA LOWCOUNTRY: Charleston, Atlantic Port City

July 5 – 29, 2011

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is accepting applications from graduate students, decorative arts professionals, and independent scholars for the 35th MESDA Summer Institute.  The 2011 Summer Institute explores the material culture of the Carolina Low Country, with a focus on Charleston as an Atlantic port city.

Dr. Louis Nelson, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Architectural History, University of Virginia, is the 2011 UVA Resident Scholar. Professor Nelson teaches courses in American architecture specializing in colonial and early national architecture, vernacular architecture, and theories and methods of sacred space. The Beauty of Holiness, his most recent book, examines the ways Anglican churches in colonial South Carolina, the nexus of many social landscapes, express regional identity, social politics, and divergent theologies of the sacred.

In addition to Dr. Nelson, guest lecturers include leading scholars in American material culture and Chesapeake history.  The program’s month-long curriculum includes lectures, discussions, workshops, artifact studies, research projects, and a six-day study trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

The MESDA Summer Institute is a partnership between the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the University of Virginia’s Graduate Program in the History of Art and Architecture.   Students receive three hours of graduate credit through the University of Virginia.

COSTS AND HOUSING: Tuition for the 2011 Summer Institute is $2,000.00*.  Financial aid is available to qualified graduate students and museum professionals.  Students are responsible for housing and some meal expenses. Dormitory accommodation is available on the campus of Salem College, near the Institute center at MESDA. Double occupancy rooms are $465.00* for the four weeks. (Single supplement: $150.00). The cost for accommodations on the six-day study trip will be approximately $445 (double occupancy)*

*All costs are subject to change.

Applications are due April 20, 2011.

For more information – and an application – visit the 2011 Summer Institute website

Or contact Sally Gant at / 336-721-7361

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