The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa welcomes applications for a full-time twelve-month Postdoctoral Scholar. The two-year residency will begin on August 12, 2019 and is a twelve-month appointment each of the two years. The position is funded through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is part of a four-year initiative to create a new humanities degree, Humanities for the Public Good: An Integrative, Collaborative, Practice-Based Humanities PhD (HPG).
The goal is to prepare students for diverse careers, specifically in the non-profit sector, public policy, government, libraries, cultural administration, technology, publishing, and institutional research. The program will explore benefits of campus-community partnerships, team-taught courses, and funded summer internships. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be the lead project manager, working in close collaboration with faculty, staff, and graduate student members of the HPG Advisory Committee and with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies under the supervision of the director of the Obermann Center and P.I. on the grant, Teresa Mangum. This position offers an opportunity to develop topnotch skills as an academic leader and administrator while also continuing to grow as a scholar.
Teaching Depending on the interests of the Postdoctoral Scholar, teaching opportunities will be available. In the first year, we will be studying experiments with graduate education in the humanities across the country; developing new courses that integrate humanities scholarship and experiential learning; and consulting with employers in diverse workplaces to design internships and build new kinds of assignments into humanities courses that help connect humanities education with employers' needs. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be deeply involved in designing new courses and assignments and will be welcome to pilot or co-pilot some of the workshops and courses that result.
Project Management The HPG initiative will include summer institutes; skills-based workshops; faculty, staff, and student development opportunities; and the creation of new graduate courses - all in collaboration with an advisory committee and advice from alumni and employers from the nonprofit sector, public policy arenas, academic administration, publishing, and more. We seek a Postdoctoral Scholar with experience in project management who can co-direct the advisory committee, help design institutes and workshops during the two years of residency, conduct research and interviews with stakeholders, and help to assess and document our activities. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also advise faculty and graduate students as they develop new courses and assignments and experiment with team teaching, publicly engaged scholarship, and new forms of experiential, digital, and multi-media strategies for communicating research and discoveries.
Research The Postdoctoral Scholar will have office space, a computer, staff support at the Obermann Center, and will be invited to participate in the biweekly Obermann Fellows' work-in-progress seminar and in other scholarly activities at the Center.
This two-year Postdoctoral Scholar position is a full-time, twelve-month salaried appointment. The annual salary is $50,760 plus benefits (described on the University of Iowa Graduate College Office of Postdoctoral Scholars website https://www.grad.uiowa.edu/postdocs). The grant includes limited funding for travel to conferences and archives and other research costs for professional activities that both assist the candidate and further the objectives of the grant.
30% RESEARCH Scholars will have time to pursue their own research and are also encouraged to explore opportunities to develop research projects and to publish, alone or with colleagues, about the discoveries that emerge from this grant.
20% TEACHING We welcome the opportunity to negotiate whether teaching will take the form of a formal course or a series of workshops, for example, focused on capabilities needed for diverse careers.
50% ADMINISTRATION A key responsibility will be to work with the Humanities for the Public Good organizing committee to plan workshops, summer institutes, and other events and to take a significant leadership role in this program.
Please include the following in your application:
A letter of application of no more than three pages that discusses why you are interested in this specific opportunity and in the larger project of designing a humanities Ph.D. for students who seek future employment in a range of workplaces; your areas of research and teaching; experiences that prepare you to be a highly effective project manager and member of the team; the platforms and tools with which you have experience and the level of experience; and a brief discussion of classes or workshops you might be interested in teaching at the graduate level that would serve this specific grant.
A complete curriculum vitae.
A sample of your writing (a published article, dissertation chapter, or online publication).
The names and contact information for three references who can address your qualifications for the Postdoctoral Scholar position. Please do not request that letters be sent unless you are asked to do so.
Evaluation of the materials will begin on March 1 , and we will contact candidates for online interviews promptly thereafter.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.