University of Miami - Jay I. Kislak Chair and Curator
FL, Coral Gables
The University of Miami Libraries is seeking an individual to provide curatorial vision, direction and sustained innovative programming for the Kislak Collection of the Early Americas, Exploration and Navigation of the Kislak Center at Miami. The Jay I. Kislak Chair and Curator (Kislak Chair and Curator) will be responsible for ensuring preservation, intellectual access, exhibition and public programming, as well as ongoing collection development for all thematic 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 is one of the nation’s leading research universities in a community of extraordinary diversity and international vitality. The University is a privately supported, non-sectarian institution located in Coral Gables, Florida, on a 260-acre subtropical campus with operations at two additional locations throughout the greater Miami region: Medical campus (downtown Miami) and the Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science campus (Virginia Key). The University comprises eleven degree granting schools and colleges, including Architecture, 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 Kislak Center at the University of Miami is the home of Special Collections and University Archives, each distinctive collections within the University of Miami Libraries. Special Collections acquires, preserves and provides access to rare and unique scholarly resources. Special Collections houses an outstanding array of scholarly resources including rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, prints, broadsides, posters, audio-visual materials, newspapers, journals and other research materials. Prized collections 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 Artist Book Collection (including the Marvin and Ruth Sackner Collection of Artists’ Books) and the Counterculture Collection. University Archives is the official University of Miami repository of records documenting the institution’s history. University Archives identifies, collects, and preserves materials that have enduring historical value, makes them accessible, and promotes their use to the University community, alumni and members of the community beyond the University.
The Kislak Collection of the Early Americas, Exploration and Navigation was assembled by Jay I. Kislak, prominent collector, philanthropist, and Miami resident for more than 60 years. The overarching theme is exploration and cultural encounters with a particular emphasis on Florida, early American history, and the cultures of the Caribbean, Latin America and Polar exploration. The Collection includes some of the most important primary source materials related to the history of the early Americas. The Collection gift is enhanced by a partnership agreement with the Miami Dade College and Kislak Foundation promoting exhibitions, research, education and public outreach, all designed to serve students and faculty, residents of the local community, and a global scholarly network.
Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, the Kislak Chair and Curator will foster, inspire and support collaborative collection building as well as scholarly and public engagement with Kislak collections and programming at affiliated programs of the University of Pennsylvania, Library of Congress and Miami Dade College. The inaugural Kislak Chair will be assisted by one staff member, and will manage a budget for collection development, programming and special projects. The Kislak Chair and Curator will support in-depth research projects in the disciplines of archaeology, history, cartography, epigraphy, linguistics, ethno-history, ethnography, bibliography, and sociology, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects that combine disciplines in novel and productive ways. The Kislak Chair and Curator will also help to advance the strategic goals of the University of Miami Libraries and must demonstrate a track record and commitment to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.
This is a senior-level library faculty position. The successful candidate will qualify for appointment at the rank of Librarian Professor, the highest rank within the library faculty series. Senior library faculty are hired on five-year, renewable contracts. A graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution, archival science degree or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library and archives experience is required.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and 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 received by July 10, 2023. Application materials, nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jessica Herrington and Sarah Seavey at UMiamiKislakChair@wittkieffer.com.
The University of Miami also requires you apply through their website as well. The link to do so can be found HERE.
The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.