Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor

Rome · Rome, Italy
Department Rome
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor



Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor

The American Academy in Rome invites applications from scholars and institutional leaders for the position of its Rome-based Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor, beginning in summer 2021, for an initial term of three years (2021-2024), with the potential for two one-year renewals.  


This position is responsible for helping to advance the work of diverse Rome Prize Fellows at the American Academy in Rome especially in the humanities and across the Academy’s fellowship fields in the humanities, which are Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Early Modern, and Modern Italian studies.  The Mellon Professor supports Fellows through scholarly guidance, facilitation of contacts and dialogue, site visits and trips, programs and events, and publications, and in doing so plays a key role in advancing the Academy’s mission and maintaining the high quality of its programs.



The American Academy in Rome, founded in 1894, is an independent, privately funded institution that supports artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community.  The core of this group is composed of the approximately 30 Fellows who are winners of the highly competitive Rome Prize selected by rotating juries each year. Additionally, this community is enriched by invited Residents across the disciplines as well as an array of visiting artists and scholars.  The Academy has a rich legacy and national profile in the arts and humanities in the United States, and an increasingly global position in diverse cultural and academic communities around the world.


The Academy is led by the President, who is based in its New York offices, and its programs and operations in Rome are led by the Director, along with the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director and Mellon Humanities Professor.



The Mellon Professor reports to the Director in Rome and also takes direction from the President in New York.  The Mellon Professor works in close collaboration with the Heiskell Arts Director and the Deputy Director for Programs & Administration in Rome, and is a key member of the program team.  



  • Rome Prize Fellows 
  1. Provide scholarly guidance, mentoring, and feedback to all Fellows, especially those in the humanities, across a wide, diverse, and evolving range of subjects, issues, and projects.
  2. Facilitate contacts and dialogue between Fellows and their Italian counterparts in academic, cultural, and other institutions and agencies in Rome and elsewhere.
  3. Design, organize, and lead compelling and relevant site visits and longer trips in and around Rome, Italy, and the Mediterranean.
  4. Participate in administering the Fellows Project Fund, including informing and encouraging Fellows to apply, reviewing proposals, and awarding funding.
  5. Provide guidance and support for programs for Italian Fellows, Residents, Affiliated Fellows, and Visiting Artists and Scholars, including suggestions about potential participants, where applicable, and also coordinate the Advisors in the Humanities.
  6. Field a range of Fellows concerns, including residential and community issues, and respond to feedback professionally and productively or refer to Director or other staff as appropriate.
  7. Strengthen and expand the Academy’s reach and presence in Roman scholarly and creative communities by building relationships and collaborating with local institutions, including Italian universities and foreign schools.
  8. Work with the Director and Deputy Director for Programs & Administration to plan and manage annual operating and program expenses that enhance the Fellowship program and the Fellows’ experience in cost effective ways.
  9. Ensure collaboration and coordination with the Heiskell Arts Director in all aspects of supporting Fellows.
  10. Perform other responsibilities and tasks related to supporting Fellows as needed and directed.


  • Programs and Publications
  1. Work closely and collaboratively with the Director, Deputy Director for Programs & Administration, and programs staff to develop, plan, and execute a full roster of vibrant annual programs and events in the humanities and arts.
  2. Support the programs staff in program coordination, communications, and outreach.
  3. In conjunction with the Director and Communications Director in New York, develop, organize, produce content for, and shepherd the Academy’s publications. 
  4. Oversee the Academy’s summer and winter programs in the humanities, including selecting the Director of the Classical Summer School. 
  5. Oversee AAR affiliations with archaeological excavations as well as guide and assist the Librarian with the management of the Norton Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection. 
  6. Work with the Director and Deputy Director for Programs & Administration to plan and manage annual operating and program expenses that maintain and strengthen programs in cost effective ways.
  7. Ensure collaboration and coordination with the Heiskell Arts Director in all program management.
  8. Perform other responsibilities and tasks related to programs as needed and directed.


  • Administration and Fundraising 
  1. In conjunction with and as directed by the Director, support the Committee on the Humanities and assist with other Board and Committee meetings, including planning discussion topics, researching and preparing background and presentation materials, and attending meetings.
  2. Support fundraising efforts by strategizing and coordinating with the Director and development staff in New York and Rome; representing and promoting the Academy’s mission and programs to donors and potential supporters; and providing information and updates on needs and progress for proposals and reports.
  3. As requested by the Director, represent the Academy at functions and with organizations in Rome and Italy in general, such as the Union of Academies, the Fulbright Commission, etc.
  4. This is a residential position and like other residential positions, will  assist with after-hour emergencies and other situations and participate in shared on-call duties.
  5. If directed, temporarily assume the duties and responsibilities of the Director in their absence or inability to act.
  6. Perform other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Director.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function at a high level.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


  1. PhD in humanities field, ideally with published books and articles and lecturing experience
  2. Minimum of seven years of experience in and knowledge of one or more areas of the Academy’s fellowship fields in the humanities, which are Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Early Modern, and Modern Italian studies
  3. Demonstrated intellectual generosity and maturity, with broad interests and curiosity to be able to develop and lead programs in fields other than his or her own
  4. Strong working knowledge of or familiarity with the sites and monuments of Rome and Italy
  5. Fluency or high degree of proficiency in Italian, with strong verbal and written skills in both Italian and English
  6. Advanced administrative, strategic thinking and long-range planning abilities, with strong critical thinking skills and budgetary experience
  7. Proven ability to represent the institution professionally, to interact diplomatically, and to work productively, with a wide range of internal and external constituents including Fellows, management and support staff, board members, donors, funders, and vendors
  8. Superior relationship building and interpersonal abilities, with significant mentoring skills and adeptness in influencing others
  9. Ability to take initiative and work independently, with significant accountability, motivation, flexibility, willingness to collaborate, and problem-solving skills
  10. Exceptional judgment, professionalism, and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive situations and matters.
  11. Ability to travel between New York and Rome.
  12. Accessibility and availability to work outside of normal business hours in response to urgent and emergency situations, and availability to participate in evening and weekend programs and events.


Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.


To Apply

Please submit a cover letter of no more than 2 pages outlining your interest in the Academy and the contributions you expect to make to the Academy’s mission.  Your CV should summarize your relevant experience and the entire application packet should not exceed ten (10) pages in length.  Please include names and institutional affiliation for three references. No letters are required at this stage.  Applications must be submitted no later than the close of business on Friday, October 23, 2020.


Please upload both your cover letter and resume at the above link as PDF files following the naming convention outlined below.  Word documents or other file formats will not be accepted.


LASTNAME_Firstname_coverletter.pdf (e.g., SMITH_Jane_coverletter.pdf)

LASTNAME_Firstname_resume.pdf (e.g., SMITH_Jane_resume.pdf)


Candidates who are selected for interview will be notified in early November and virtual interviews will take place on Monday, December 4, 2020.


The American Academy in Rome is an equal opportunity employer.



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  • Location
    Rome, Italy
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor