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Public Historian in Residence [Rutgers University]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 28, 1973 in job announcements |

We are pleased to invite applications for a new full-time staff position at MARCH, located in the Cooper Street Historic District on the campus of Rutgers-Camden.  The primary responsibility of the Public Historian in Residence will be to serve as co-editor of The Public Historian, the journal of the National Council on Public History, in particular to provide the perspective of a public history practitioner. The person filling this position also will contribute to publications, projects, and events that support public history initiatives of MARCH and theDepartment of History, including mentorship of public history interns. Ideal candidates will be public history professionals with substantial experience in practice and established networks of contacts in the field. Minimum three to five years’ experience in public history practice and bachelor’s degree required (master’s degree preferred).  The position requires excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, and knowledge or expertise in technology sufficient to permit participating in discussions about digital initiatives that may impact on journal publishing.  To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references no later than Friday, April 19, online here.  (Also link here for additional information about salary and benefits classification.)

Expanded job description:

As co-editor of The Public Historian, the Public Historian in Residence will serve as a voice for public history practice in the creation of the journal. This will include participating in editorial board meetings; remaining in contact regularly with the Editor and Managing Editor in the journal’s existing office in Santa Barbara, Calif.; providing input on projects such as special issues; reviewing submissions referred by the Managing Editor to offer assessments of their appeal and use by practicing public historians; and making suggestions for reviews of books, exhibits, and other forms of public history scholarship with an eye toward their appeal and application to public history practice. The employee will be expected to maintain currency with publications and activities in allied fields such as museum studies and practice; archives; historic preservation; and historic interpretation, and from this, to identify issues and trends for inclusion in the journal or other NCPH publications and media. The employee will recruit and nurture new authors and attend selected regional and national conferences and editorial board meetings for The Public Historian. The employee also will be involved with discussions of National Council on Public History (NCPH Digital Media Group) and maintain an awareness of the entire network of NCPH communications initiatives, such as the History@Work blog, with an eye toward potential interactions between these initiatives and the journal.

In addition, the Public Historian in Residence will contribute to publications, projects, and events promoting public history for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) and the Department of History, including administering the annual Fredric M. Miller Lecture in Public History.  The person in this position also will provide mentorship for students in public history internships, including assisting in identifying internship placements; monitoring and responding to work logs; and advising on project plans.

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