Seven Rules for Public Humanists

Originally posted on On public humanities:

If we want the humanities to be more than academic—if we want them to make a difference in the world—we need to change the way we work. We need to rethink some of the traditional assumptions of the humanities. I suggest here seven rules of thumb for doing public humanities.

1. It’s not about you

Start not by looking at what you, your discipline, or the university needs and wants, but by what individuals and communities outside the university need and want. It’s not, “we’re from the university, and we’re here to help,” but, “What are you doing already, and how can we participate? How can we be useful?” It’s not about telling people facts. It’s a about a dialogue, a sharing of authority, knowledge, expertise

2. Be a facilitator and translator as well as an expert

Shared authority is complicated. In exhibits, it’s often an invitation to the subject and…

View original 499 more words

Curator of Education, Stark Art & History Venues, Texas

The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation is looking for an experienced, well rounded, and enthusiastic person to fill the position of Curator of Education, Art and History, at the Stark Museum of Art in Orange, TX. The Curator of Education, Art and History, will lead the education department of the Stark Museum of Art and work closely with colleagues at the other Stark Cultural Venues, including The W.H. Stark House, the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater, and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, to provide innovative and engaging program offerings for students, families, adults and Stark Cultural Venue members. The Curator of Education directly supervises the FT assistant Curator of Education, who coordinates studio experiences and outreach, and a paid docent corps. A well qualified candidate will have strong education and programming experience at art and/or history and/or multi-disciplinary museum or informal learning setting with five to eight years of progressive leadership responsibility and a level of education appropriate to the position, preferably an advanced degree in Museum Studies, Education, Humanities, Public History or Art or related discipline.

Other qualifications include:
• Proven success with innovative approaches to significantly enhance a cultural organization’s impact and contribution to the community
• Proven understanding of interpretive and educational theory and knowledge of research principles protocol, techniques and standards
• Ability to devise and carry out educational and public programs, including preparation, training, facilitation and evaluation.
• Proven track record of successfully administering budgets, supervising staff and developing dynamic programs for varied audiences
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively and to communicate well with a wide range of people
• Skilled in planning, organization and establishing priorities
• Passion for the arts, humanities and their educational role in today’s world
• Highly motivated self starter with a hands-on work ethic, good judgment and mature thinking
• Have a positive, can-do attitude and a sense of humor.

Salary/Benefits: $45-59,000; benefits include medical, dental, life, and disability insurances, defined benefit retirement plan and 403(b), paid vacation and sick leave.

Application process: To apply, please send cover letter, resume, three references and a one-page statement outlining your art & humanities education philosophy to Please put Curator of Education, Art and History in subject line.

Park Service

Job Title:Pathways Recent Graduate Cultural Resources Specialist (Interdisciplinary)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:KLBA-14-1191974-Path-tc


$47,923.00 to $62,297.00 / Per Year


Monday, August 25, 2014 to Monday, September 8, 2014




Full Time – Recent Graduates


Few vacancies in the following location:
Orick, CA View Map




Not Applicable




Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

This is an Excepted Service; Pathways Program – Recent Graduates announcement.  Appointment is for an  initial period of one year. Position may be converted to a permanent  position. Upon conversion, the full performance level of this position is GS-11.

• Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. 
• Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years to apply.  You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 showing duration and dates of service. For further details on eligibility, visit
This position is Subject to Periods of Non-Pay (Career Seasonal), and is expected to be placed in mandatory non-pay status for a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 6 months each year.  Employment is guaranteed for 26 weeks only, and is expected to be in pay status up to 48 weeks per year.
This position is located in the Cultural Resources Branch of the Resource Management Division of Redwood National and State Parks in Orick, California. This position is responsible for providing expertise for research, identification and documentation of historic properties such as cultural landscapes, historic structures, historic buildings, and historic roads and trails using the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places. Works under the direction of the Cultural Resources Program Manager.   For more information about the position, please contact Karin Grantham, Archeologist, at 707-465-7710.

Manager of Public Programs, The Rosenbach Museum and Library

Job ID: 19807209
Position Title: Manager of Public Programs
Company Name: The Rosenbach Museum and Library
Job Function: Education
Entry Level: No
Location(s): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States  
Posted: August 25, 2014
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Duration: Indefinite
Min Education: Master’s Degree
Min Experience: 3-5 Years
Required Travel: 0-10%
Company: The Rosenbach Museum and Library
view full company profile


Job Description

Manager of Public Programs

Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Job Summary

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, a dynamic center city Philadelphia museum and rare book library formally affiliated with the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation since December 2012, is seeking a Manager of Public Programs to implement innovative, collections-based public programs for adults. The successful candidate has a demonstrated interest in lifelong learning, a passion for engaging adult audiences and the skills to empower adults of varying backgrounds to learn.  They must be organized, flexible, positive, energetic and should enjoy working as a member of a team as the MPP works closely with curatorial, education, and communications staff.  This is a full-time, endowed position that reports to the Director of Education at the Rosenbach.

Job Responsibilities

  • Administer programs for adults at the Rosenbach. Existing programs include the Rosenbach’s successful series of reading groups, its annual Bloomsday festival, and its innovative series of Hands-On Tours
  • Develop programs in collaboration with the Rosenbach’s Director of Education and other Rosenbach and Free Library of Philadelphia staff members. 
  • Manage the Rosenbach’s volunteer docent program including recruiting and training
  • Manage the Rosenbach’s group tour program which includes scheduling and the coordination of tours and presentations
  • Develop and lead collections-based tours and presentations for adults and college students
  • Maintain records of public programs, including attendance statistics and evaluation
  • Assist in the development and coordination of collaborative programming with the Rosenbach’s institutional partner, the Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Assist with Rosenbach school and family programs on an as-needed basis
  • Assist with special projects, be a member of cross-departmental teams, and other duties as assigned.

This position has a Full Benefit Package: Health, dental, life, and disability insurances; flex benefits and retirement plan; generous leave time allowance.

To Apply:   Please e-mail cover letter and resume with “Manager Public Programs” in the subject to:

Job Requirements


  • A bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree in museum studies, art history, literature or a related field
  • A background in American and/or British literature is preferred
  • 3-5 years’ experience coordinating educational programs for adults
  • Experience teaching adults in museum or community-based settings is a plus
  • Excellent writing, communication and teaching skills
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Experience developing and managing program budgets
  • Must be efficient and detail-oriented
  • Must be available to work nights and weekends as needed.  The MPP can expect to work at total of 37.5 hours per week on average.




Historian, DAR

August 22, 2014
31,000.00 – 35,000.00
Full Time – Experienced
Exhibitions, Historian, Miscellaneous
Required Education:
4 Year Degree
The DAR is a nonprofit, non political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism.
To apply, follow the employer instructions.


The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, a non-profit membership organization, has an immediate full-time opening for a Historian in the Office of the Historian General.

Primary duties include processing all Revolutionary War marker requests, assisting in the preparation of exhibits, research and reference requests, and using databases for record keeping, cataloging and information retrieval purposes.

Local candidates will be given first preference.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in history, or other relevant field of study, and minimum one-year relevant experience in history or related field.
  • Applicable internship training will be considered toward the experience requirement.
  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and database software, such as Access.
  • Knowledge of genealogy research is useful.

Send cover letter, a history writing sample and resume to:

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Attn: Human Resources Dept.

1776 D Street NW

Washington, D.C.   20006-5392

Fax: (202) 737-5702


How to Apply:

- See more at: