Position: Associate Professor & Director - Museum Studies
Department: Museum Studies
Contract: Associate Professors begin with a 5-year renewable contract
Position Description:
The University of the Arts seeks an accomplished Museum Exhibition and Planning Design professional to build the future of the Museum Studies program in the College of Art, Media and Design. The graduate programs in Museum Studies have a successful history of preparing students for the expanding professional opportunities across the changing field of museum practice. The new program director will show innovation with regard to the wide-range of opportunities available across a constantly changing field and inspire students and faculty in learning-communities to develop a distinct Museum Studies culture.
Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. Screening begins January 20, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as the chief administrative officer of the Museum Studies Department and provide leadership and coordination in the areas of program vision, teaching, faculty engagement, student development, internships, and fiscal management.
  • Coordinate the Museum Exhibition Planning and Design MFA Program and work with Museum Education and Museum Studies Coordinators and the Dean of the College of Art, Media and Design on faculty recruitment and development, program assessment, curriculum development, student recruitment and retention, and budget management.
  • Teach a wide range of museum theory and practice courses at advanced graduate levels, with a focus on developing museum exhibition design and content interpretation, as well the ability to develop syllabi for new courses and/or facilitate evolving nature of existing courses.
  • Work with Museum Studies Coordinators to plan and build effective recruitment plans.
  • Maintain a professional practice; promote the program, serve on University committees; advise students, and participate in curriculum development and other departmental activities.
  • Contribute to the building and enhancing of collaborative efforts and partnerships within the University and externally with outside stakeholders and museums.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.
  • The University is seeking candidates with 6+ years professional experience in museum, with an emphasis in museum exhibition planning and design. Preference will be given to those with a Master’s or more advanced degree, although a Bachelor’s degree coupled with extensive professional experience would also be considered.
  • The successful candidate should be a leader in the field and have a demonstrated record of excellence in the profession, with a broad range of accomplishments and strong connections to the museum community.
  • The successful candidate should have a thorough knowledge of the museum world, possess an outstanding ability to convey both practical and conceptual components to students, and be able to instruct students on the past, current, and emerging state of their field.
  • Applicants should provide evidence of academic leadership, teaching experience and/or professional experience that would warrant an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and have a commitment to teaching and a willingness to take an active role in fostering innovative ideas and curriculum that advance the Museum Studies Department.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.
TO APPLY: Interested qualified applicants should submit the documents on the following list via email to Jenna Brancy, Museum Studies Department Assistant, jbrancy@uarts.edu. Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.
  • A cover letter
  • A position statement that speaks to the current and future state of the field and your philosophy of teaching
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Sample syllabi for potential teaching
  • A digital portfolio of examples of recent work, professional presentations and examples of work by students or a link to a website where both can be accessed
  • The contact information for three professional references
The preferred submission format for all materials is a single email attachment (single PDF or zipped folder) 2MB-5MB in size.
Submissions other than cover letter, position statement, teaching philosophy, CV, reference list, and PDF portfolios will not be reviewed. Please do not submit supplemental materials or letters unless they are requested. Screening begins January 20, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.
The University of the Arts
College of Art, Media and Design
Museum Studies Department
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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