Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) is pleased to invite applications for the Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities.
With generous funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and other donors, the Price Chair will further the vision of Clement Alexander Price, the eminent historian of African American life, official historian of the city of Newark, fervent advocate of the public humanities, and founder of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience, which Rutgers renamed posthumously the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience.
The Price Institute (https://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/iceme) is a campus-based, community-oriented center for public history and the humanities that, through public programs, symposia, and fellowship opportunities, promotes creativity and critical thinking in civic life. It was founded by Dr. Price in the belief that the humanities have a central role to play in the continued revitalization of Greater Newark, thereby serving as a model for other communities across the nation. A centerpiece of civic and scholarly dialogue in Newark and the region, the Price Institute is an exemplar for using public humanities to cultivate democratic citizenship in urban areas. It is also a key institution in the realization of RU-N’s Strategic Plan: http://www.newark.rutgers.edu/files/rutgers_strategic_plan.pdf
We seek a leading public humanist and scholar who will shape national discourse on issues of race, ethnicity, and urban life as Director of the Price Institute. As Director, the Price Chair will oversee a professional administrative staff, several endowments and grants, and a longstanding series of successful programs. Recognizing that public history and the humanities have a central role to play in the civic vitality and health of the United States, and especially in the continued revitalization of legacy cities like Newark, the Price Chair will partner broadly in producing cross-disciplinary scholarship that informs the difficult challenges facing communities. Placing current events in a historical context in the manner of the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series and other RU-N-sponsored symposia, the Price Chair will promote and facilitate discourse in complex and controversial arenas of social relations that help define the health and well-being of a community. Moreover, the holder will help cultivate the next generation of scholars, civic leaders, and citizens to further RU-N’s commitment to engage locally and collaboratively on scholarship that resonates globally. To this end, the Price Chair will convene and mentor a community of scholars through the institutionalization of the Faculty Scholarly Colloquium. Drawing on a cohort of junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, the Colloquium will focus on the creative use of the public humanities to build democratic capacity in communities across the nation.
The ideal candidate will have an established reputation in the humanities as
- A scholar in American Studies, African American studies, ethnic studies, history, literature, philosophy, or related humanities fields, with a record appropriate for appointment at the rank of Distinguished Professor, although outstanding candidates may be considered for appointment at other ranks;
- An academic leader with a strong record of mentorship among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or junior faculty;
- A visionary public humanist with a demonstrated record of community engagement as a researcher, collaborator, catalyst or administrator.
Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/37647 by February 17, 2017.