Madison, WI; Project Assistantship, Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Institute for Research in the Humanities is offering a 50% project assistantship, approximately twenty hours per week, for twelve months beginning in September 2017. The Institute seeks an experienced graduate student in the humanities for an annual appointment, September-August, 2017-2018, renewable. This position offers salary, tuition remission, health insurance, vacation time, and other benefits. Some availability in summer 2017 for paid training is required.

Position Overview

The Institute for Research in the Humanities is a research institution at UW-Madison that houses over forty fellows from the University of Wisconsin system and beyond. The project assistant is responsible for providing support to ensure the smooth operation of the Institute. The PA’s duties include providing assistance with the Institute’s technology and administrative needs.

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Position Description

The PA is responsible for the web and technology needs of the Institute. This includes regularly updating the IRH website; assuring web-based information is archived for further needs and reference; publicizing seminars, lectures, and conferences using MailChimp and HTML email; contacting relevant departments; and occasionally helping to design posters. The PA provides tech assistance for weekly seminars, setting up audio-visual equipment as needed. The Institute also holds fellowship competitions and solicits online applications. The PA is responsible for ensuring the process runs smoothly and also publicizes the fellowships through external sites. Finally, the PA also serves as a first contact person for any of the fellows’ computer issues.

The PA is also responsible for administrative assistance with the daily operations of the Institute. The PA should be flexible in helping with the many miscellaneous tasks that occur when overseeing several dozen fellows and receiving hundreds of fellowship applications. This also includes helping the Assistant to the Director with event management, and scheduling meetings.


For the technology aspect of the position, qualifications include web development experience (Drupal or HTML/CSS knowledge a plus); a willingness to learn new skills and technologies; experience preparing photos for use on the web; basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or similar image editing software; familiarity with Audio-Visual equipment for PC and Mac users; and experience with Microsoft Suite (Word; Excel). Familiarity with online forms and application software (Interfolio; Jotform) is also very welcome.

For the administrative aspect of the position, qualifications include great organizational skills; experience with event and conference planning; familiarity with UW financial policy for events and hosted meals; and expertise with scheduling and other logistics. Experience with Doodle Poll and UW Box are a plus.

The IRH can provide training for some of the skills listed above if necessary.

Eligibility and Application Procedure

The deadline for applications is June 25, 2017.
This position is open to UW-Madison graduate students in the humanities and related fields. Applicants will be reviewed based on their relevant experience and skills and their flexibility to assist with the various aspects of the Institute.

Application Materials: Please send a single PDF with:

Letter of application stating interest in the position and relevant experience
Transcript (unofficial is fine)
Name and contact information of two past supervisors
Submit application in a single file to
Subject line: IRH PA Application – Last name, First Name
Inquiries: Ann Harris,, 262-3855.
For information about the Institute, see

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