Bard Graduate Center/AMNH Fellowship in Museum Anthropology
Bard Graduate Center invites applications for a two-year (2018–20) postdoctoral fellowship jointly appointed at Bard Graduate Center and in the Anthropology Division and the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History. The Fellow’s project should focus on Native Textiles of the North American Southwest and should make use of the AMNH collection. PhD in Anthropology or related fields required.

BGC is a graduate research institute committed to studying the cultural history of the material world, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology.

The Fellow will teach one graduate course each year and will mount an innovative small exhibition, ideally drawing on the collections of the AMNH, in the BGC Focus Gallery. A major purpose of the BGC-AMNH Fellowship is to promote mutual scholarly interest and interaction among fellows, BGC faculty and students, and the AMNH academic community. Candidates will be judged primarily on their research abilities, experience, and on the merits and scope of the proposed research. The Fellow will have office space and be expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of both institutions. Salary is $45,000 per year. Housing is available, as is a small research/travel fund while the Fellow is in residence. Appointment to begin July 1, 2018.

For additional information about BGC, see www.bgc.bard.edu. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample publication (SASE), and a list of three references, and should be sent by December 1, 2017 to BGC/AMNH Fellowship Search Committee, Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024. No electronic applications. Please direct questions to the BGC/AMNH Fellowship Search Committee via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu). Bard Graduate Center is an AA/EOE employer.

Conservation as a Human Science Fellowship (CHS): New York/Amsterdam

Bard Graduate Center, together with the Conservation & Scientific Research Department of the Rijksmuseum, announces a year-long (2018–19) fellowship focusing on developing the idea that conservation practice is a human science. Aimed at scholars at an early stage of their careers, the Fellow will reside consecutively in New York for approximately 6 months and in Amsterdam for approximately 5 months. They will be integrated fully into the intellectual lives of the Bard Graduate Center and Rijksmuseum Conservation & Scientific Research Department, respectively. The fellow’s main responsibility will be to coordinate, with local support, monthly visits of an invited group of scholars to view “problematic” objects in local area collections. The Fellow will play a major role in choosing the objects and collections and moderating the discussions of all relevant issues with curators, conservators, and scientists. Each month will explore a different collection (public or private) and a different type of object (antiquities, art, natural history specimens, ethnographic, archaeological, etc.). The Fellow will write up a report of the conversation for the project website.

This fellowship is part of Bard Graduate Center’s “Cultures of Conservation” initiative, generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The goal of CHS: New York/Amsterdam is to model a future interaction in which conservators and (heritage) scientists will contribute their knowledge and distinct perspective to our understanding of the past through things alongside the voices and perspectives of art historians, historians, anthropologists, and archaeologists.

Salary is $45,000. Housing is available, as is a small research/travel fund while the Fellow is in residence. Appointment to begin August 1, 2018.

Applicants at an early stage of careers in art conservation or heritage science are especially encouraged to apply. To apply, please submit the following materials electronically via email to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu in a single PDF file: a cover letter stating the candidate’s qualifications for this fellowship as well as its desirability, a sample piece of writing, and curriculum vitae. In addition, please arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted either via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) or post (to Bard Graduate Center, CHS Fellowship Committee, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024). Applications must be received by December 1, 2017. Bard Graduate Center is an AA/EOE employer.

Bard Graduate Center Research Fellowships

Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for funded research fellowships, to be held during the 2018–19 academic year. The theme for this period is “When is After?” Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York, as well as writing or reading projects in which being part of our dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. Eligible disciplines and fields of study include—but are not limited to—art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology.

The stipend rate is $3,500 per month, and housing is available. Fellowships are available for a period of 1 to 6 months. The timing of dates will be negotiated with individual awardees. Fellows will be given a workspace in our Research Center at 38 West 86th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, in New York City.

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. We possess a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials and publish the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions presented every year in our Gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are livestreamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically via email to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu in a single PDF file: (1) cover letter explaining why Bard Graduate Center is an appropriate research affiliation and how your work bears on the question “When is After?” Please also indicate your preferred length and dates of the fellowship; (2) 150-word abstract of project; (3) detailed project description; (4) CV; (5) publication or academic writing sample of approximately 20–30 pages. In addition, please arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted either via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) or post (to Bard Graduate Center, Research Fellowship Committee, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024). All materials must be received by November 1, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to the Research Fellowship Committee via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award. Also, please note that the fellowship stipend and the value of the provided housing may be subject to taxes for both US citizens and non-US citizens in accordance with US tax code.

Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships

Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for non-stipendiary visiting fellowships, to be held during the 2018–19 academic year. The theme for this period is “When is After?” Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships, which are intended for scholars who have already secured means of funding, provide scholars with workspace in the Bard Graduate Center Research Center and enable them to be a part of our dynamic scholarly community in New York City. Eligible disciplines and fields of study include—but are not limited to—art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Visiting Fellowships may be awarded for anywhere from one month to the full academic year.

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. We possess a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials and publish the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions presented every year in our Gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are livestreamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically via email to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu in a single PDF file: (1) cover letter explaining why Bard Graduate Center is an appropriate research affiliation and how your work bears on the question “When is After?” Please also indicate your preferred length and dates of the fellowship; (2) 150-word abstract of project; (3) detailed project description; (4) CV; (5) publication or academic writing sample of approximately 20–30 pages; (6) names and contact information for two references. Letters of recommendation are not required. All materials must be received by February 1, 2018. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to the Visiting Fellowship Committee via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, housing, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award.

Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Exhibition Preparator/Installation Coordinator

Bard Graduate Center offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history. Founded in 1993, the Bard Graduate Center is located on West 86th Street in New York City.

SPECIFIC AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY INCLUDE

Assist Exhibition Designer and Registrar in all facets of installation and breaking down of exhibitions - from implementation of design and construction, liaising with art handlers, conservators etc., to disassembly and demolition. Assist Digital Media Director in coordinating the installation of digital media, such as projectors and iPad kiosks. Oversee all logistics of incoming/outgoing exhibition materials and loans and off-site storage of such materials and catalogues.

The preparator will be on call for any gallery related emergencies. Must be available to work nights and weekends during production.

Maintain exhibition integrity such as proper lighting and cleanliness; coordinate with Gallery Attendant to ensure gallery retail inventory; work in conjunction with Security and Facilities to maintain gallery safety, climate control and any exhibitions related issues that may arise.

Organize exhibition workshop tools, art storage rooms, incoming artwork and installation materials. Procurement of any conservation, installation, and demolition related tools and supplies.

Other duties include but are not limited to: coordinating events during exhibitions; administration activities including coordination of team meetings; assist in development and oversight of gallery related budget.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE

  • B.A. and 3+ years OR 5-7 years experience in museum, gallery or not-for-profit institution.
  • Experience in managing freelance staff.
  • Experience in construction and woodworking.
  • Must be able to read blueprints.
  • Design and lighting experience a plus.
  • Software: Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, Sketchup.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to ep@bgc.bard.edu . No telephone calls please. The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. AA/EOE

Maintainer/Porter

The Bard Graduate Center Facilities Department is seeking a full-time Maintainer/Porter who will report to the Director of Facilities and receive direction from the Operations Manager and the Facilities managerial team.

The Bard Graduate Center offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history.

The Maintainer/Porter is a full-time staff position with duties in the operations and maintenance areas at assigned institutional properties (18W 86th Street, 38W 86th Street, and Bard Hall). Duties include regular upkeep and day-to-day maintenance of the Bard Graduate Center’s facilities, including emptying trash, cleaning, vacuuming, sweeping, and other related tasks; instrumental in the preparation for events, meetings, classes, and functions at all BGC properties (room configuration/set-up, lay-out of catering supplies and materials, post-function clean-up, etc.); assist with the painting of walls, minor plumbing work, mechanical repairs and related projects as directed; performs other related duties as necessary, assigned, and/or directed.

The position requires the incumbent to have demonstrated timeliness, exhibit a customer-service orientation, and maintain a neat and professional appearance. The incumbent must be capable of lifting up to 65 lbs and must able to communicate using e-mail and radio. Incumbent must be flexible and able to work overtime when necessary. Some experience in facilities/maintenance related fields, including cleaning, painting, mechanical, plumbing or electrical work. Experience with facilities-related work in academic institutions and/or arts organizations desirable. Familiarity with building systems helpful.

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter and resume to: fmsearch@bgc.bard.edu

The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity. AA/EOE.

Security Officers

The Bard Graduate Center has a full-time position available for Security Officer. As a member of the BGC security team you will report directly to the Head of Safety & Security as your immediate supervisor and receive other directives from the Charge-of-Shift supervisor.

Summary

To provide personal, equipment, and real property security for faculty, staff, students, and visitors within an assigned area of the institution. Provides escort services, and other basic public assistance as needed, and performs routine security and safety patrol duties within the assigned area. Remains alert to any and all emergency situations and provide a first-line response, and emergency management if required.

Customer Service

It is important to remember that we are expected to meet or exceed the academic excellence of the Bard Graduate Center with the hands-on excellence of our security service. Officers must be flexible, adaptable, and never develop the “it’s not my job” attitude. A friendly smile and helpful mindset is expected of all officers as is necessary on any college campus. Students, faculty, and staff need to have confidence in our security force by consistent positive performance and service.


Requirements

High School diploma/GED or higher; current New York State guard’s license, Fire Guard certified, and 3 plus years experience. Candidate must have multitasking skills, strong communication skills, able to lift 45lbs, and a professional appearance. Fax resume with 3 references to 212.501.3079. Please no telephone calls. The BGC is an AA/EOE employer.