PROJECT COORDINATOR, DUKE UNIVERSITY INSTITUTIONAL HISTORY PROJECT

Duke University

United States

February 7, 2022

Description

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PROJECT COORDINATOR, DUKE UNIVERSITY INSTITUTIONAL HISTORY PROJECT

Requisition Number:: 172961

Date: Jan 7, 2022

Location:

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area: UNIVERSITY

Duke University:

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America's leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

Duke University has convened a working group of scholars and archivists to conduct a multi-year research study of Duke's institutional history, with a focus on Duke's historical relationships with slavery and racism and their aftermaths. Themes explored through this undertaking include the role of slavery in the Methodist theology that underpinned the university's early theological commitments, the economics of slavery-created wealth and the rise of Trinity College, the place and influence of slaveholders (faculty and board of trustees) at Trinity College, the College's role in the pro-slavery Civil War rebellion, medical and scientific legacies of slavery; the history of racism at Duke (to include monuments to pro-slavery and anti-democratic programs), Duke's labor history (to include the building and caretaking of the institution over the past century), and the history of segregation and integration at Duke.

Over the course of the next two years, we hope to accomplish the following four major tasks:

  • publish a history of Duke University that draws on the research from this project and previous research
  • publish an edited collection of 8-10 essays written by faculty and possibly postdocs and Ph.D. candidates
  • create podcasts to present on-going findings and process-related ideas and questions (might include conversations that engage the Duke and Durham communities in reckoning with the past)
  • build website to host student and other essays, documentary histories, key sources, and digital links
  • produce a major exhibit drawing on all of the above
  • To assist with the management of this complex research undertaking, the Office of the Provost is hiring a term-limited, full-time Project Manager (two years, with the possibility of a third).

    Responsibilities:

    In close coordination with faculty leads, the project manager will:

  • Develop timelines for research and writing on specific projects
  • Track progress for specific projects
  • Facilitate research projects, including recruitment, on-boarding and training of student Research Assistants (RAs)
  • Coordinate regular meetings of faculty leads and maintain notes of those discussions
  • Undertake some historical research and writing as part of the wider project team
  • Work with library and archival staff as needed to facilitate the wider research effort
  • Assist with the construction and maintenance of a website to house research outputs
  • Liaise as necessary with publishers to facilitate the publication process for research outputs
  • Experience:

  • Master's in History or a related discipline required; Ph.D. preferred
  • Previous experience with team-based research essential; a background in collaborative historical research highly desirable
  • Strong research background in history or a related discipline, including work in archival sources
  • Skills:

  • Strong grasp of basic software programs essential (Microsoft Office, including Excel); experience with web design and archival software (e.g. Word Press, Omeka) a plus
  • Ability to work effectively with senior researchers
  • Capacity to mentor undergraduates, with relevant experience a plus
  • Minimum Qualifications Education

    Work requires communication and analytical skills normally acquired through a 4 year college education.

    Experience

    Work requires a general knowledge of research methods, procedures and activities normally acquired through 1 year of social science research experience. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

    Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

    Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

    Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

    Nearest Major Market: Durham Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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