Oral Historian

Company Name: 
Clemson University Libraries
Clemson, SC
Job Description: 

Clemson University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented Oral Historian. The oral historian will provide expertise in conducting oral histories documenting the history of Clemson and focused areas of research. The unit is comprised of the Manuscript Collections, University Archives, Records Management, and Rare Books. The Special Collections and Archives, distinguished for its strong collections in university history, agriculture, and textile history, is part of the Clemson University Libraries.

Lecturers are members of the academic community, with responsibilities in the area of librarianship. This is a three-year limited term lecturer accountable to the Head of Special Collections and Archives. 

Responsibilities include:

Oral Historian

-Perform historical background research 

-Conduct oral history interviews in accordance with best practices

-Manage the processing of the content developed including transcription and preservation

-Develop collaborative projects with partners with an immediate emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina

-Conduct oral history training in collaboration with partners

-Engages in professional development such as attending conferences, workshops, and webinars related to job functions

-Travel, including evening and weekend hours, required from time to time


Required Qualifications/Experience: 

-Graduate degree in history, museum studies, or a specialization in oral history or public history or relevant graduate degree as determined by the Libraries

-Minimum of two years of experience with oral histories

-Demonstrated knowledge of oral history professional practices, methodology, theory, and ethics

-Demonstrated experience with recording, editing and transcription technology

-Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills

-Demonstrated initiative, self-direction, and a commitment to innovation, creativity, and excellence

-Ability to work effectively in a diverse team environment and individually, to balance priorities, and to set and meet deadlines

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

-Experience in memory studies

-Experience in a cultural institution

-Experience conducting interviews on sensitive topics

How to Apply: 

Applications will be submitted through Clemson’s Faculty job board via Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/98831. Through this website, applicants will be required to submit their vita, a cover letter, and three reference contacts.

Applications received by December 10, 2021 will be assured full consideration, but we will continue to monitor applications that are received after this deadline.