Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Clayton State University seeks a Director of the Master of Archival Studies Program

If you're a seasoned archivist who has extensive real-world experience working with electronic and analog records, enjoys interacting with students, relishes the thought of taking on life-changing (in a good way!) roles and responsibilities, and live or would like to live in the Atlanta area, you should consider educating the next generation of archivists. Clayton State University is seeking to hire a new Director of its Master of Archival Studies program -- and the program's practice-oriented nature means the position is open to people from outside academe. Here's what you need to know:
Position Summary
The College of Information and Mathematical Sciences at Clayton State University invites applications for the position of Program Director for the Master of Archival Studies (MAS). Started in 2010, this program is an online professional master’s program that focuses on the archival practices for born-digital records. This position is a full-time, tenure –track, 10-month faculty position with part-ingtime summer management duties compensated via a summer stipend.

The Master of Archival Studies program at Clayton State is a fully online program that is moving to asynchronous delivery of instruction. Currently the faculty in the MAS program are housed at the Georgia Archives, adjacent to the campus of Clayton State.

Clayton State University is nationally recognized as a leader in the use of information technology to transform teaching, learning and other aspects of the collegiate experience. Clayton State is a Senior Unit of the University System of Georgia and is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). The university is located at 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow, GA which is approximately 10 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson-Atlanta International Airport and 15 miles south of downtown Atlanta. Website: www.clayton.edu.

Required qualifications include:
  • Master of Archival Studies, Master of Library Science with archival concentration, MS in Library and Information Science with archival concentration, or Master’s degree in subject area related to archival work with certification in archives;
  • Knowledge and/or direct experience with archival practices related to records that are born-digital;
  • Evidence of current involvement in scholarly research related to archival practice;
  • Eligibility for appointment to the graduate faculty at Clayton State University;
  • Technical expertise required for navigating learning and content management systems, digital archiving and preservation software applications.
In addition to the required qualifications, preference will be given to individuals having experience in
  • Curriculum and program development in a higher education setting;
  • Ph.D. in one of the areas listed above;
  • Successful program administration;
  • Effective online teaching in an asynchronous environment.
Minimum Education Requirements
Master of Archival Studies, Master of Library Science with archival concentration, MS in Library and Information Science with archival concentration, or Master’s degree in subject area related to archival work with certification in archives.

Responsibilities Summary
Reporting to the Dean, an individual in this position will provide collaborative academic oversight of the program and responsibilities include:
  • Developing the two-year course rotation schedule;
  • Leading the development and continuous improvement of the curriculum, including development of asynchronous, online courses;
    Coordinating program assessments;
  • Serving as the point of contact for recruiting and admission to the program;
    Teaching courses to support the program;
    Advising and coordinating advising for the department;
    Representing the program on the Graduate Affairs Committee and Administrative Council;
    Working collaboratively with the Georgia Archives and other organizations to provide experiential learning and internships for graduate students;
    Other program-related duties as assigned.
This position will remain open until it is filled. However, I imagine that both the university and the successful candidate would benefit by having it willed well before the fall term begins: the current Director is retiring at the end of the summer term, and the new Director will need a little time to get up to speed.

Clayton State University is fifteen miles south of downtown Atlanta, and the offices of on-campus Master of Archival Studies faculty are located within the facility that houses the Georgia Archives. Salary seems negotiable, but the university offers a comprehensive array of benefits. For more information and detailed application instructions, consult the position posting.

In addition, please feel free to contact Richard Pearce-Moses, the current Director of the Master of Archival Studies Program, via e-mail (rpearcemoses[at]clayton.edu) or telephone (678-466-4427) if you have any questions about the position, the program, or the university.