The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) conducts application processes for many of our programs.
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The Institute for Advanced Study has a staff opening for a Principal Office and Administrative Specialist. We are looking for a bright and energetic person with customer service experience and good communication skills to work on event planning and management, and administrative support for the Institute. The Institute offers a lively slate of public programs, supports research and creative collaboratives, and houses residential fellows who include University faculty and graduate students, and outside scholars. It is a dynamic, stimulating, and collaborative place to work. We welcome the participation of staff members in the intellectual life of the Institute.
Each year up to twelve University of Minnesota faculty members are selected as Faculty Fellows. Fellows are released from all teaching obligations during the tenure of their fellowships and are in residence at our offices in University Park Plaza, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines.
The Institute for Advanced Study is pleased to be one of the sites for the Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships which are located in the University’s interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. Interdisciplinary graduate fellows at the IAS are full members of the intellectual community of the IAS. They are given workspace with computer at the IAS, participate in weekly lunches with residential faculty fellows and visiting fellows, and make an informal presentation of their work in progress to other IAS fellows once each semester. Graduate fellows are expected to be in residence at the IAS for their year of fellowship and to participate actively in IAS programs.
Research and creative collaboratives represent some of the most innovative work at the University. These self-initiated groups come together with the idea of working on a project of common interest—be it the development of a performance piece, the exploration of a concept or research area through different disciplines, or the creation of a supportive intellectual community. With the research and creative collaboratives, the IAS promotes synergistic interdisciplinary activity transcending departmental structures.
A collaborative may include faculty, students, staff, and community members, and each defines its own agenda, plan of work, and outcomes. Collaboratives organize roundtables, public discussions, workshops, presentations, and conferences, and engage as a group in research, curricular planning, grant writing, and intellectual exploration. The IAS offers modest funding and administrative support to the collaboratives, allowing participants to focus on their intellectual and creative work without having to worry about myriad details of scheduling, ordering books, or making travel arrangements for visiting scholars. The funds and the space are designed to facilitate conversations within collaboratives, across collaboratives, and to the larger public that might not otherwise occur. Each collaborative also has a public dimension—a presentation of research in progress, a performance, or a conversation.