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Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Lulu Merle Johnson Exhibit

Posting ID 131173
Department Clas Administration/College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Jobcode Graduate Research Assistant
Working Title Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Lulu Merle Johnson Exhibit
Details

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP

Position Announcement

November 22, 2022

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors seeks a 50% graduate student research assistant for Spring 2023 to help develop a planned exhibit celebrating Dr. Lulu Merle Johnson. The county’s administrative campus is undergoing a multi-year remodel that will incorporate an interpretive exhibit acknowledging the life and achievements of Dr. Johnson, the first African American woman to earn a PhD from the University of Iowa and the county’s newly designated eponym. This exhibit will complement two historic properties recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places—Tate Arms and the Iowa Federation Home—which acknowledge the contributions of Iowa City’s African American community to provide housing and other support for black students studying at the university during segregation.

Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), have a background in modern American history, and possess a strong interest in one or more of the following: African American history, Iowa history, community studies, women’s and gender history, public history, and museum studies. Strong communication skills and public speaking experience are desirable. There is a possibility to extend into Summer 2023 if the project’s budget and student’s availability allow it.

The research assistant will work twenty hours per week with the project historian on all aspects of developing exhibit content and preparing research materials for archival storage. Specific tasks will include:  

  • conducting archival research in repositories located within and outside Iowa (travel may be required);
  • co-creating recorded oral history interviews and transcribing the recordings for archival purposes;
  • participating in community outreach meetings and listening sessions;
  • collaborating with the project historian to write interpretive content;
  • attending meetings of the planning and design team; and
  • organizing research materials for archival storage.

 Application requirements:

  • Cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in this project, their skills and preparation to undertake this work, and their approach to publicly engaged scholarship
  • Writing sample or portfolio of publicly engaged humanities project(s)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation  
Contact GABRIELLA MCDERMOTT
Phone: 319-467-4250
Email: gabriella-mcdermott@uiowa.edu
Application Instructions Interested applicants should submit the required application materials no later than 5 pm on November 18 to Rebecca Conard, project historian, at rebeccaconard@gmail.com and Allison Wells, Grants Assistant, Johnson County Board of Supervisors at awells@johnsoncountyiowa.gov, and copied to gabriella-mcdermott@uiowa.edu, Operations Specialist for Graduate Education (CLAS).

Application requirements:
• Cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in this project, their skills and preparation to undertake this work, and their approach to publicly engaged scholarship
• Writing sample or portfolio of publicly engaged humanities project(s)
• Curriculum Vitae
• Two letters of recommendation
Ad Start Date 11/22/2022
Ad End Date 12/02/2022

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