Assistant Director for Graduate Engagement

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Executive/Director/Management
Department:16720000 - LS-HUMANITIES-PUBLIC SPHERE

Classification Title:

Assistant Director, Academic Support Services

Job Description:

The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for an Assistant Director for Graduate Engagement. This position will collaborate with faculty and graduate coordinators across humanities units to develop and oversee a suite of programs, workshops, and events that expand graduate training in the humanities to broadly envision the work of the humanities in classrooms, careers, and public life.

The Assistant Director will report to the Director and participate in the strategic planning in the assigned area of Graduate Engagement. The Assistant Director will develop and implement the overall strategic plan in Graduate Engagement, which will include developing, implementing, and managing programming for graduate students in the humanities.

As a key part of the Center’s intellectual life, the Assistant Director (AD) for Graduate Engagement would develop and oversee a suite of programs, workshops, and events that expands graduate training in the humanities to broadly envision the work of the humanities in classrooms, careers, and public life. The AD would collaborate with the Center Director and Associate Director to carry out a range of practices, from creatively visioning and designing the substance of events and partnerships, to carrying out financial, logistical, and evaluative tasks.

Duties will include:

--Designing and administering workshops, writing groups, or courses for graduate students in public humanities, grant-writing, alternative academic careers, and relevant professional skills (e.g., mentoring for minority students, quantitative and digital literacy, scholarly and public-facing writing), as well as in connecting academic skills to other careers; possibly develop and institute a summer graduate institute or equivalent;

--Collaborating with other relevant units (such as the Career Connections Center, the Graduate School, and the UF Smathers Libraries) to develop and coordinate an internship and/or externship program for humanities graduate students; designing and administering workshops, writing groups, or courses for graduate students in public humanities, grant-writing, alternative academic careers, and relevant professional skills (e.g., mentoring for minority students, quantitative and digital literacy, scholarly and public-facing writing), as well as in connecting academic skills to other careers; possibly develop a summer graduate institute or equivalent in these areas; seeking programmatic grants (e.g., NEH Transforming Doctoral Education grant) in collaboration with other Center faculty; and gathering data (alumni tracking and outreach, departmental placement metrics on career paths), develop a Humanities Careers website with support materials and alumni profiles; 

--Develop an alumni network based on existing data and continue alumni tracking and outreach, departmental placement metrics on career paths), continue and update a Humanities Careers website with support materials and alumni profiles;

--Staying abreast of national recommendations for humanities training, creating a systematic support structure for humanities graduate student professional development-oriented at academic and broader career paths.

Founded in 2005, the University of Florida Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere supports a diverse field of scholars across Florida’s oldest, land-grant, and most comprehensive research university with an array of funding opportunities, public programs, working groups, and grant-writing services. The Center has three interrelated purposes: (1) to facilitate and promote the research programs of humanities scholars at UF, (2) to provide an intellectual and physical space for critical and collaborative discussions of the humanities beyond individual disciplines, and (3) to provide a place for outreach to our community. The Center benefits from its central location in North Florida and the close proximity of numerous cultural institutions and nature parks.

UF is ranked the 5th best public university in the United States by US News and World Report 2022, with exceptional research, teaching, and a university-wide commitment to diversity.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:

Master’s degree in an appropriate area and two years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and four years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. preferably in the humanities with one to three years of experience (e.g., in non-profit organizations, professional development workshops, public-facing writing, or diversity initiatives), advanced coursework in the digital and/or public humanities, familiarity with creating equitable partnerships between higher education and non-academic entities, and knowledge about recent initiatives of professional humanities organizations to diversify the Ph.D.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must submit (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a vision statement on graduate education in the humanities (max. 1 page), (4) one example of humanities graduate student experiential learning experience or workshop (e.g., #alt-ac, fellowship- or grant-proposal writing, public humanities, or dissertation writing), and (5) names and contact information for three people familiar with the work of the applicant willing to submit a confidential letter of recommendation. After initial review, confidential letters of recommendation will be requested from applicants who are chosen to receive further consideration.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No

 

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