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Assistant or Associate Professor in Presidential Studies

The Miller Center at the University of Virginia seeks to hire an ASSISTANT or ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR in Presidential Studies. This position will report to the Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program and will focus on transcribing and analyzing the secret White House tapes made by U.S. presidents from 1940 through 1973. It will also support the writing and publication of interpretive scholarship based on the presidential recordings and the candidate’s individual research agenda, particularly as it relates to the broader scholarly initiatives of Presidential Studies and the Miller Center.

The assistant or associate professor will work on-site at the Miller Center as part of a team of scholars transcribing and analyzing the White House tapes and as part of the Miller Center’s broader intellectual community. As a member of the University’s General Faculty, this position is tenure-ineligible and carries a fixed term of three years; however, it also offers the possibility of continual renewal and is eligible for consideration of Expectation of Continued Employment. (For the University’s policy on the employment of non-tenured track faculty, see http://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/HRM-003.) The preferred start date is on or before August 25, 2016. The position is open until filled.

Qualifications

  • Significant and demonstrated knowledge of modern American political history, particularly of the period of the 1960s and 1970s, required

  • Demonstrated record of excellence in historical research, required

  • Demonstrated familiarity and comfort in working with digital technologies, required

  • Attention to detail and the ability to devote extended hours to meticulous work, required

  • Ability to be in residence at the Miller Center for the term of the appointment, required

  • PhD, or its equivalent, required, preferably in Modern American History or Modern American Politics or a closely-related field

  • Experience working with university faculty and/or within a university environment, preferred

Organizational Background

Established in 1975 through a generous gift from entrepreneur and philanthropist Burkett Miller, the Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy and political history. It strives to apply the lessons of history to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance challenges. The Miller Center is committed to the examination of significant public policy issues in a manner that encourages civil debate and engagement.

The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, is one of the top public universities in the nation. It is located in Charlottesville, 120 miles from Washington, D.C. The University's Rotunda and "academical village" are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic homes of three presidents are nearby: Jefferson's Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier and James Monroe's Ashlawn-Highland. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is frequently cited as one of the best places to live and work in the United States.

Application Instructions

To apply, visit jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=77760, complete a candidate profile and attach a cover letter, CV, contact information for three professional references, statement of research interest and writing sample (book chapter, article, op-ed, etc.).

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Executive Assistant

The Miller Center seeks an Executive Assistant for its Director and CEO.  The Executive Assistant manages the Director and CEO's travel and meeting schedule, manages workflow and correspondence, makes travel arrangements and prepares reimbursement requests, and researches, prepares drafts, and performs other duties as assigned.  The Executive Assistant must be highly motivated and organized and must be detailed oriented.  S/he must be able to

  • Manage constantly evolving calendars strategically,
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing,
  • Interact with a range of individuals professionally and with an awareness of appropriate protocols,
  • Handle multiple and competing priorities simultaneously,
  • Track projects and ensure that requests for information and reports are met on time,
  • Maintain confidentiality and exercise excellent judgment, and
  • Exhibit an ability to be flexible, even-keeled under pressure, and consistently professional.

Prior work experience in an office environment is required, as is proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.  Knowledge of history, politics, and/or related fields and knowledge of the University of Virginia and of the Washington community are pluses.

This position extends through December 31, 2019, subject to performance.  Renewal is possible, subject to performance, availability of funds, and need.

Review of applications will begin on December 8, 2015, but the position is open until filled.  The preferred start date is January 4, 2016.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, required.
  • Up to 4 years of experience in an office setting required, preferably in higher education, government, policy institution, media, or closely related organization.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in writing and orally, with proper grammar and usage, required.
  • Ability to use appropriate telephone and other communications protocols, required.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with a range of officials, required.
  • Ability to handle multiple and competing priorities effectively, required.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to exercise excellent judgment, required.
  • Ability to be flexible, even-keeled under pressure, and consistently professional, required.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, required.

Organizational Background

Established in 1975 through a generous gift from entrepreneur and philanthropist Burkett Miller, the Miller Center <millercenter.org> is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy and political history.  It strives to apply the lessons of history to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance challenges.  The Miller Center is committed to the examination of significant public policy issues in a manner that encourages civil debate and engagement.

Application Instructions

To apply, visit jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=77796.  Create an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and full contact information for three professional references.  You may also choose to attach 1-2 writing samples.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.