JOB: Chief Curator (including African American Art collection), University Museums @ University of Delaware

Deadline:  March 1, 2017

Pay Grade: 32E

Reporting to the Director of Special Collections and Museums, the Chief Curator performs the following responsibilities:

  • Envision and implement an innovative exhibition program that supports the university’s educational mission and curriculum and enhances the University of Delaware’s standing as a cultural center. Collaborate with the Director and members of the Special Collections staff in development of long-range exhibition plan. Develop and oversee exhibition budgets.
  • Identify and recommend realizable exhibition ideas. Curate exhibitions for Old College Gallery and Mechanical Hall Gallery, and manage curatorial efforts of faculty, graduate students, museums staff, guest curators as well as incoming exhibitions. Oversee installation design and successful implementation.
  • Ensure excellent program communications. Write and edit a range of texts in conjunction with exhibitions, including but not limited to essays, labels, promotional texts and grant proposals. Oversee all exhibition publications, both print and electronic.
  • Identify area collectors and donor prospects and funding opportunities and develop relationships beneficial to the museums.
  • Provide leadership for University Museums department including supervision of 3.5 FTE positions and participation on the Library Management Council

Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in art history or related field and a minimum of five years curatorial experience in a museum setting or a master’s degree in art history or related field with 8 or more years curatorial experience in a museum setting.
  • Subject expertise and curatorial experience related to the strengths of the collection:  American art, 1900 to the present (including African American art); photography, prints and drawings
  • Substantial experience providing leadership and supervision.
  • Demonstrated creativity and success in presenting diverse collections of art in a manner that engages students and supports the curriculum.
  • Proven experience as a team leader with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Highly developed organizational skills with ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills.
  • Desire to work with and engage students, faculty, donors, and members of the public.
  • Familiarity with Past Perfect and WordPress preferred

General Information:

The recent merger of Special Collections and Museums at the University of Delaware Library brought together diverse collection of art, with special strengths in American art of the 20th century (especially prints, photographs and work by African American artists), European prints, Inuit art, Pre-Columbian art and minerals, with books, manuscripts, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, maps and ephemera from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Art exhibitions in Old College Gallery and Mechanical Hall Gallery, mineralogical exhibitions in Penny Hall, and exhibitions in the Morris Library engage students, scholars, the UD community and the general public. Collaborative initiatives and programming with students, faculty and departments across campus foster diversity and enhance interdisciplinary research and teaching. Additional information about Special Collections and Museums is available online at: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/ and http://www.udel.edu/museums.

To Apply: Include cover letter and resume, along with the names and contact information of three employment references, in a single document, following University of Delaware application instructions at http://www.udel.edu/udjobs/.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html

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JOB: Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art & Visual Culture @ Texas State University

The Texas State University School of Art and Design is currently seeking qualified applicants for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in contemporary art and visual culture, with the ability to also teach courses from a global perspective related to gender studies, new media, and/or curatorial practices (please see the below description as well as the attached job advertisement). The position, which begins Fall 2014, is a new line generated by the University to expand the art history area within the School of Art and Design. We are very excited about this commitment from the University and believe that it reflects the broadened research and scholarly goals established when the University was recently classified as an Emerging Research Institution. This expanded mission is one that should be of great benefit to the candidate. Texas State, which in 2010 also became a Hispanic Serving Institution, currently enrolls more than 35,000 students. Its main campus in San Marcos, which houses the School of Art and Design, is ideally situated within the burgeoning Austin-San Antonio corridor and thus makes it an attractive place in which to live and work. The art history area is one of six programs of study (5 undergraduate and one graduate) within the School, which enrolls over 1200 majors, including a newly expanded media focus within studio art. The candidate would have the opportunity to contribute to existing courses within the School as well as to develop new courses at all levels and to teach within the Honors College. There would also be curatorial opportunities within the University’s galleries as well as teaching and research opportunities with scholars across the School, College, University and in the greater South Texas area, including Houston and Dallas-Ft. Worth, which are within four hours of San Marcos.  

LINK: http://facultyrecords.provost.txstate.edu/faculty-employment/faculty-employment/2014-57.html

Position Description
The School of Art and Design at Texas State University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Art History. The selected candidate will be expected to be a productive scholar and an effective teacher of contemporary art and visual culture, with the ability to also teach courses from a global perspective related to gender studies, new media, and/or curatorial practices. The candidate will be expected to teach 3 courses per semester, including a course on Contemporary Art, a Renaissance to Modern Art survey, and advanced courses in field of specialization. Teaching experience beyond graduate assistantships and a record of research and publications in contemporary art and visual culture is preferred. The selected candidate will also be expected to actively participate in the art history program, to demonstrate potential for a substantive record of professional and peer recognition in the field of contemporary art history, and to engage in service to the school, college, university, and profession.

Qualifications
Required:
• A Ph.D. degree in Art History or a related field completed before September 2014
• A promising research agenda in the fields of contemporary art and visual culture
• Strong critical thinking skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
 
Preferred:
• A record of research and publications in contemporary art and visual culture
• Successful university-level teaching experience beyond graduate assistantships
• Experience teaching a Renaissance to Modern survey and/or courses on contemporary art
• Research and/or teaching experience, from a global perspective, related to gender studies, new media, and/or curatorial practices
• Successful funding procurement and grant activity
• Service-related activities in art history or related program(s) and/or professional organization(s)
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity
 
For full consideration, applications should be received by December 1st.