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Jobs, External Grants and Internships

Oral Historians
Tenure Track Positions
Call for Papers
External Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

Oral Historians

Historian (Title 5)

U.S. Navy Reserve, Oregon

· Creates and maintains historical reference collection. Plans and executes command oral history program. Obtains documents, articles, photographs, videos, and all other materials in all formats, focusing on the operational and organizational history and activities of the state’s Joint Task Force, Army National Guard, Air National Guard units, and TAG/Special Staff Agencies. Carefully researches and crosschecks data to verify accuracy, authenticity, and classification levels, segmenting the research for crosschecking with internal staff sections, including operations, legal, and intelligence. Organizes, classifies, and archives periodic historical reports and their source documents.

· Performs other duties as assigned.

Posted: November 6, 2020

Deadline: November 13, 2020

Assistant Director for Programs and Experiential Learning

Washington College, Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience

This staff member will be a hands-on leader of experiential learning opportunities for Washington College students. Serving as an educator, mentor, and supervisor to undergraduate students, they will design and implement out-of-classroom learning opportunities, including on-site and off-site internships, exploratory trips, and research projects. In partnership with other staff and faculty across the campus, the Assistant Director will develop and coordinate events and programs designed to bring these students into conversation and collaboration with the local community and broader world. We are seeking the kind of person who loves to lead students on a neighborhood tour, a weekend road trip, a deep archive dive, or an oral history interview.

The Starr Center is also hiring as Assistant Director for Communications and Outreach (see Deadline is the same.

Posted: October 29, 2020

Deadline: January 27, 2021


Ethongrapher at Diné Development Corporation, a wholly owned Navajo Nation corporation, will conduct oral history interviews with Association members. Documentation collected during the interviews shall include, but not be limited to: information on engineering and construction of the entire Acequia; a general historical overview of the construction and use of the Acequia; and information on how the Acequia has changed over time in terms of crops planted, total acreage irrigated, association members, and the members’ involvement in maintaining and using the Acequia.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

· Perform ethnography duties in research, interviews, and reporting for ACOE contract.

Job Requirements (Education/Skills/Experience):

· Must meet the SOI requirements for Anthropology with demonstrated Ethnographic experience

· Minimum Level of Education: Masters or PHD

Posted: October 19, 2020

Deadline: None posted.

Culture & History Director

Provide program management and direction for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s program of ethno historical, cultural anthropological, and social scientific research into topics of SE Alaska Native history; sacred and historic sites documentation; subsistence practices; repatriation; and traditional cultural practices, values, beliefs, and knowledge in a wide variety of areas. Projects may be developed in response to specific issues of public interest related to the sustainability of traditional cultural practices in the Native communities of SE Alaska. Research results will be presented in reports and other media such as web sites that are scholarly in style but are also accessible to the public. Provide program leadership in coordination with other departments; outside entities such as government agencies, and tribal organizations; and with professional

organizations and scholars. Responsibilities include to direct and supervise complex anthropological and ethnographic documentation projects involving documentary, ethnographic fieldwork, and semi-structured and oral history interviewing on a wide variety of topics involving contemporary peoples and communities, their recent past, and their traditions.

Posted: October 19, 2020

Deadline: None posted.


SEARCH has an immediate opening for a full-time experienced Historian. The Historian will be responsible for conducting research and for writing on a variety of historical topics in a manner acceptable to professional historical methodology. Candidates must be independent and project-focused, detail-oriented, and organized, and be able to work competently on simultaneous tasks while meeting multiple deadlines. This position will require working in a team environment, working independently, and working closely with clients and/or their representatives. Duties and functions list includes oral history.

Posted: October 19, 2020

Deadline: None posted.




Catalog Librarian

The Cataloging Librarian at Texas A&M International University, under direction, coordinates the catalog department in the cataloging, classifying, accessioning, linking, and labeling of library materials (including oral history) so that they are accessible to library patrons. This position creates and maintains metadata for library materials in all formats and leads the development of metadata policies including descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata schemas for digital collections appropriate for the library’s current and future content management systems.

Deadline (application review): January 6, 2021

Temporary Library Assistant II (VTS)

Vanderbilt University

This temporary position will be responsible for the arrangement and description of the Delia Zapata Olivella Papers (MSS.0927). This important collection documents the life of Delia Zapata Olivella, leader of a Colombian dance troupe, choreographer, folklorist, and sister of Afro-Colombian author Manuel Zapata Olivella. She was instrumental in preserving African and Afro-Hispanic traditions especially relating to music, dance, oral history and popular culture. The person in this position will be responsible for organizing this wide-ranging collection and creating a globally accessible finding aid via ArchivesSpace. This position would also complete initial selection of items for digitization that are representative of her career. Spanish fluency required.

Posted: September 30, 2020

Deadline: Not dated


Archives Project Specialist

The successful candidate will work on a team that serves as the corporate memory of the organization, collecting and preserving records that document its history and making those records accessible to inform and enhance current research and administrative efforts. The role of Archives Project Specialist will assist with metadata improvements, exhibits preparation, oral histories development, content release, and audiovisual assessment projects related to the

preservation of and increased access to historical records. Responsibilities include managing an archives oral history program.

Posted: October 23, 2020

Deadline: None posted.

Digital Archivist

The HistoryMakers, a 501(c)(3) and the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive (, seeks to hire a Non Profit Digital Archivist who will be responsible for the planning and implementation of preservation, cataloguing and records management systems for The HistoryMakers videotaped oral history collection.

Posted: October 10, 2020; Deadline not listed.

Assistant University Archivist

Stanford University

Stanford University Libraries seeks a talented and driven Assistant University Archivist to join the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. The Department acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available primary source materials to support the research needs of Stanford students and faculty as well as the global community of scholars. The holdings of the Department comprise more than 260,000 rare, fine press, and artists’ books, and some 59 million pages of unpublished manuscripts and photographs. Collections include the papers of scientists, mathematicians, technologists, artists, writers, historians, and visionaries; medieval manuscripts; archival photographs; and records of corporations and non-profit organizations with an emphasis on Silicon Valley, California, and Mexican American history.

Duties include overseeing the Archives’ collaboration with Stanford Historical Society’s Oral History Program for the Stanford Community History Toolkit Project, and other projects as assigned by the University Archivist.

Posted: October 9, 2020

No deadline posted.



Tenured/Tenure Track Positions

Assistant Professor – African American History and Public History

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is

hiring. The successful candidate will teach courses in African American History (broadly conceived) and Public History, and will participate in the supervision of M.A. theses and capstone projects. The successful candidate will also support the interdisciplinary major in Africana Studies. Preference will be given to candidates with a specialization and professional experience in oral history and community engagement or museum studies (exhibitions and/or collections) as well as previous teaching experience at the undergraduate and MA level.

Posted: October 26, 2020

Deadline: January 24, 2021

Assistant Professor, Africa and/or Middle East with Public History focus

The Department of History at Suffolk University invites applications for a tenure track appointment as an Assistant Professor in 20th-century Global History and Politics with a focus on Africa and/or the Middle East. Engagement in Public History with oral history proficiency is highly desirable.

Posted: November 4, 2020

Deadline: February 2, 2021

Professor and Chair of the History Department

Macalester College

The Macalester College Department of History invites applications for a Modern U.S. Historian with a specialization in African-American history to serve as Chair of the Department. The position will be filled at the level of advanced Associate or Full Professor to begin Fall of 2021. A Ph.D. is required. Primary teaching responsibilities include courses in the history of African Americans and the African Diaspora in the United States, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences; modern U.S. history courses (1861- present); and classes that complement and enhance the department’s curriculum.

Review of applications will begin November 23, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, electronically submit a c.v., cover letter, a writing sample, a diversity statement (see guidelines below), representative course syllabi, and the names and contact information of three references to We will follow up with requests for letters of reference as we proceed with our search. In your cover letter, please discuss any previous experience you have chairing a department or equivalent administrative experience.

Macalester College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion. Strong candidates will have a record of experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching diverse students. In addition to the materials noted above, applicants should also submit a diversity statement (no longer than two pages) that discusses past experiences and/or potential future contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or outreach. In the diversity statement, applicants should reflect upon their experience and vision regarding the teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds. For further information about the position, contact the department chair, Linda Sturtz (, or visit the College’s website ( The search process will be adapted to meet public health standards during the pandemic.

Posted November 3, 2020


Call for Papers

Call for articles

This special issue of Studies in Oral History (formerly Oral History Australia Journal) invites reflections upon the ways in which oral history can illuminate and expand our understandings of place and environment.

To be considered for peer review, articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words (excluding references). Publication of the special issue is anticipated in late 2021.

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Posted: September 22, 2020



African American Experience Research Intern

Greening Youth Foundation

In 2017, Great Smoky Mountains National Park embarked on the African American Cultural Experience in the Smokies. This project is a multi-year undertaking to research and document the untold stories of the African American community in and around what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The ultimate project goal is to develop educational and interpretive products throughout the park, and local communities, that creates an inclusive and diverse space for all people of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and the world. The African American Experience Research Intern at Great Smoky Mountains National Park will work as the project’s lead researcher. The position will continue the research and work that began in 2017. Duties And Responsibilities

· Perform primary and secondary research work in archives, libraries, and online

· Recruit and conduct oral history interviews with community members…

Start date: January 18, 2021

Posted: September 22, 2020

External Grants, Fellowships and Awards

Postdoctoral Fellow

Southern Methodist University

The Center for Presidential History (CPH) at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship, to begin in August 2021. The CPH defines “Presidential History” in the broadest terms possible, so applicants from all fields, topics, and time periods in U.S. history are welcome, particularly those pertaining to politics, the nation, or the presidency. Applicants with demonstrated experience in Digital Humanities (web-based platforms, programming languages, data analysis, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply. Essential Functions: The successful candidate will couple their own research and publishing agenda with their participation in the general life of the CPH, including its ongoing public engagement and the Collective Memory Project, a filmed oral history of the George W. Bush Presidency.

Deadline: November 2, 2020 and thereafter until position is filled

Posted: October 5, 2020




Volunteer: Virtual Oral History Interviewer

Oral History Interviewers play an integral role within the organization – to continue collecting the oral histories, and thus the collective memory, of Jewish Dallas. We are consistently contacted by individuals interested in donating their oral history, so there are always interviews to schedule and conduct. This is a virtual position that requires a strong internet connection, a web camera/audio, and access to Zoom Video Conferencing. Training will be provided for all tasks and assignments, so no previous experience is required.

Volunteer Opportunities

Deadline: ongoing need

Posted: September 22, 2020


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