Jay I. Kislak Chair and Curator
The University of MiamiLibraries is seeking an individual to provide curatorialvision, direction and sustained innovative programming for theKislak Collection of the Early Americas, Exploration and Navigationof the Kislak Center at Miami. The Jay I. Kislak Chair and Curator(Kislak Chair and Curator) will be responsible for ensuringpreservation, intellectual access, exhibition and publicprogramming, as well as ongoing collection development for allthematic components of the Kislak Collection of the Early Americas,Exploration and Navigation at the University of Miami. Nominations,inquiries and applications are invited.
The University of Miami isone of the nation's leading research universities in a community ofextraordinary diversity and international vitality. The Universityis a privately supported, non-sectarian institution located inCoral Gables, Florida, on a 260-acre subtropical campus withoperations at two additional locations throughout the greater Miamiregion: Medical campus (downtown Miami) and the Marine, Atmosphericand Earth Science campus (Virginia Key). The University compriseseleven degree granting schools and colleges, includingArchitecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration,Communication, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Law,Medicine, Music, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Marine,Atmospheric and Earth Science.
The KislakCenter at the University of Miami is the home of SpecialCollections and University Archives, each distinctive collectionswithin the University ofMiami Libraries. Special Collections acquires, preserves andprovides access to rare and unique scholarly resources. SpecialCollections houses an outstanding array of scholarly resourcesincluding rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, architecturaldrawings, prints, broadsides, posters, audio-visual materials,newspapers, journals and other research materials. Prizedcollections include the Kislak Collection of the Early Americas,Exploration and Navigation, the Rare Books Collection, the Helen C.Purdy Florida Collection, the Jackie Gleason Collection, the ArtistBook Collection (including the Marvin and Ruth Sackner Collectionof Artists' Books) and the Counterculture Collection. UniversityArchives is the official University of Miami repository of recordsdocumenting the institution's history. University Archivesidentifies, collects, and preserves materials that have enduringhistorical value, makes them accessible, and promotes their use tothe University community, alumni and members of the communitybeyond the University.
TheKislak Collection of the Early Americas, Exploration andNavigation was assembled by Jay I. Kislak, prominent collector,philanthropist, and Miami resident for more than 60 years. Theoverarching theme is exploration and cultural encounters with aparticular emphasis on Florida, early American history, and thecultures of the Caribbean, Latin America and Polar exploration. TheCollection includes some of the most important primary sourcematerials related to the history of the early Americas. TheCollection gift is enhanced by a partnership agreement with theMiami Dade College and Kislak Foundation promoting exhibitions,research, education and public outreach, all designed to servestudents and faculty, residents of the local community, and aglobal scholarly network.
Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, the Kislak Chair andCurator will foster, inspire and support collaborative collectionbuilding as well as scholarly and public engagement with Kislakcollections and programming at affiliated programs of theUniversity of Pennsylvania, Library of Congress and Miami DadeCollege. The inaugural Kislak Chair will be assisted by one staffmember, and will manage a budget for collection development,programming and special projects. The Kislak Chair and Curator willsupport in-depth research projects in the disciplines ofarchaeology, history, cartography, epigraphy, linguistics,ethno-history, ethnography, bibliography, and sociology, with anemphasis on interdisciplinary projects that combine disciplines innovel and productive ways. The Kislak Chair and Curator will alsohelp to advance the strategic goals of the University of MiamiLibraries and must demonstrate a track record and commitment tosupporting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.
This is a senior-level library faculty position.The successfulcandidate will qualify for appointment at the rank of LibrarianProfessor, the highest rank within the library facultyseries.Senior library faculty are hired on five-year, renewablecontracts. A graduate degree in library science from anALA-accredited institution, archival science degree or anequivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library andarchives experience is required.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited.Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resumeand a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.
WittKieffer is assisting The University of Miami in this search.For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be receivedby July 10, 2023. Application materials, nominations andinquiries can be directed to: Jessica Herrington and Sarah Seaveyat UMiamiKislakChair@wittkieffer.com.
The University of Miami also requires you apply through theirwebsite as well. The link to do so can be found HERE.
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