April 17, 2021

Announcement of Campus Display Project Manager

A Message from the Chief of Staff:

All,

I’m happy to announce the selection of Professor of Art Carole Garmon as the inaugural Campus Display Project Manager. As I indicated when I announced the call for applications, this special assignment will support efforts of the University to encourage members of our community to propose and create long term and permanent public art and public history installations and exhibits. Such displays will reflect Mary Washington’s history, current community, and vision for the future.

I’ve included the position description below; in short, Carole will serve as manager and facilitator for a variety of projects, starting with the Dr. Venus Jones display (initiated by Biology Professor Andrew Dolby and with a committee), and working with the Standing Campus Environment Committee, the Office of the President, and the Vice President for Equity and Access, as well as people who have ideas for new installations and exhibits.

I know many of us are looking forward to working with Carole in this important work.

Best,
Jeff


Special Assignment:
Campus Display Project Manager

To ensure that the University of Mary Washington’s campuses help the institution fulfill its ASPIRE values by providing all members of our community with a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment, UMW is initiating a program to encourage members of our community to propose and create long term and permanent public art and public history installations and exhibits that reflect the university’s history, current community, and vision for the future.

A 12-month special assignment position for a Campus Display Project Manager is needed to support this program. This position is open to a faculty or staff member who has skills in project management and experience with public art and/or museum displays. Tasks will involve guiding a major new display project dedicated to Dr. Venus Jones from initial proposal to installation. In addition, the Campus Display Project Manager position will work with the standing Campus Environment Committee and the Vice President for Equity and Access to outline plans for other new campus display projects over the next three years. Finally, the person filling this role will be expected to help define the future role of the Campus Display Project Manager as UMW continues to install new public art and history displays.

The Campus Display Project Manager will report to the Office of the President and would be expected to work in partnership with the Standing Campus Environment Committee as it encourages and reviews proposals for new displays as part of its charge to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment on UMW’s campuses.

 

Assigned Tasks;

  1. Oversee the development and installation of a display about Dr. Venus Jones in Jepson Hall.  This includes:
    1. Meeting with the existing Jepson Hall committee planning the installation to review the current state of the project
    2. Meeting with faculty involved in the project’s design and the chair of the Campus Environment Committee
    3. Coordinating actions among stakeholders involved in the project
    4. Identifying vendors to provide professional design and installation services
    5. Estimating costs of materials, design, and installation
    6. Working with Jepson Hall committee, President’s Office, and other stakeholders to identify funding sources
  2. Creating three year plan for public art and history displays reflecting UMW’s diverse history, communities, and future vision. This includes:
    1. Working with the Campus Environment Committee and the UMW community to identify and prioritize themes for displays on UMW’s three campuses.
    2. Identifying spaces for new long term and permanent public art and history displays
  1. Defining the future role and status of the Campus Display Project Manager position including:
    1. Working with the Campus Environment Committee and the President’s Office to define tasks.
    2. Consulting with UMW’s museums, galleries, and other relevant offices to determine if the position should remain a special assignment or be converted to a separate full or part time position

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