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Architectural Historian

Architectural Historian

The Illinois State Archeological Survey (ISAS) in Champaign, Illinois, is seeking an Architectural Historian to conduct historical research on architectural resources (standing buildings and architectural remains encountered during archaeological investigations) for ISAS and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The successful candidate will be required to identify and evaluate those eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in accordance with the rules and regulations of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470) and its implementing regulations (36 CFR 61, Appendix A), and the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act (20 ILCS 3420). This position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

The Illinois State Archeological Survey (ISAS) established February 1, 2010 as one of the State Scientific Surveys of the Prairie Research Institute, is the product of a nearly century long concern by the University of Illinois to ensure the preservation and interpretation of the state’s important archaeological resources. ISAS conducts state mandated Phase I, II and III archaeological excavations throughout the state of Illinois, in advance of highway construction, and is entirely grant funded with contract funds provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation.


Conduct historical research on standing historic structures and archaeological structural remains to identify and evaluate those eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in accordance with various State and Federal environmental laws and regulations. Document properties potentially impacted by proposed transportation projects by assisting with the production of Historic Resources Inventories (HRI), Historic Resources NRHP Evaluations (Intensive Level Surveys), and Historic Resource Survey Forms (HSRFs). Conduct public engagement activities that highlight the historic preservation practices of IDOT, ISAS and the Prairie Research Institute (PRI).


Required: MA in Architectural History, Historic Preservation, or closely related field. Preference given to Midwestern specialists. Plus a Minimum of 3-5 years of experience conducting archaeological, historic and historic architectural research and analysis and report preparation meeting state and federal historic preservation compliance standards. Demonstrated architectural field survey experience such as, but not limited to, large-scale surveys of corridors, cities, municipalities, and rural areas. Demonstrated experience in carrying out compliance tasks associated with Federal Section 106 and State ILCS 3420 historic preservation activities. Familiarity with the National Environmental Policy Act, and section 4(f) of the US DOT Act. As IDOT concurrently issues environmental survey requests to assess potential impacts to both architectural and archaeological resources within a project area, experience with both archaeological survey and historic archaeological site investigations in the Midwest is required. Phase I, II and III archaeological survey and excavation experience. Familiarity with both print and electronic media sources. Ability to report findings in standard academic formats, using both digital photography, and computerized word and data processing formats (e.g., WORD, EXCEL, Photoshop, etc.). Proficient in the use of ArcGIS and Historic Architectural Resources Geographic Information System (HARGIS). Familiarity with HABS/HAER level documentation preferred. Demonstrable history of public outreach projects and papers related to Midwestern history and archaeology. Ability to provide relevant expertise and advice to IDOT and ISAS leadership as required, and demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple and often rapidly changing deadlines. Occasional out-of-town projects/overnights (a valid driver’s license and insurance is required). This is a regular full-time academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. The starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date, and salary is commensurate with experience. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 9, 2019. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. To ensure full consideration, all requested information/ documentation must be submitted through the online system. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. For technical inquiries, please contact Dr. Timothy Pauketat at, or Dr. Brian Adams at

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University of Illinois/Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Janice Pankey