Visiting Lecturer in Museum Studies (History of Art and Architecture Department)
The Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a full-time Visiting Lecturer in Museum Studies for Spring 2023 through Spring 2025 (January 1, 2023 – April 30, 2025). This position, which is outside the tenure stream, may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. Salary and benefits are competitive. Candidates must be able to demonstrate college-level teaching experience in museum studies, curatorial practice, service learning, or a closely related field. We seek a colleague whose teaching, mentorship, and service will contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to departmental and university initiatives.
The Visiting Lecturer (VL) will teach introductory classroom and practice-based courses equivalent to 9 credits every semester in the undergraduate museum studies program at our Pittsburgh campus. These courses will include:
• Museums: Society and Inclusion
• Exhibition Presentation (offered every Fall, this class is the culmination of a two-part
practicum sequence for which students create an exhibition for the University Art Gallery
• A new Collections Management course and laboratory, collaborating with the UAG Director
to train students in the cataloging, management, and care of the UAG’s collection
• Museum Studies Internship preparation class (working with the department’s Academic
Curator to assist with placement and mentorship)
The VL will also be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students beyond the classroom, including students considering museum careers, and contribute to department strategic initiatives and public-facing projects.
This position is open to scholars with expertise in all subfields of and methodological approaches to museum and curatorial studies, history of art, architecture, and related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with college-level teaching experience, hands-on experience working with museums and exhibition production, and a teaching, research, or curatorial profile that would enhance our museum studies offerings across diverse cultures and regions.
Applications should include:
- Cover letter of 1-2 pages, addressed to Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Department Chair.
- Current CV
- Dossier (12 pages max) which includes a statement of teaching effectiveness and/or
professional practices, project management, and/or community programming.
- Diversity Statement of 1-2 pages, in which you share how your past, planned, or
potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will
advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
- Two confidential professional letters of recommendation addressed and emailed to
Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Department Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org, and copied to Karoline Swiontek, Administrative Officer, email@example.com.
To apply, visit join.pitt.edu. The requisition number for this position is 22007898.
The review of applications will begin on October 24, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Karoline Swiontek, Administrative Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Teach the equivalent of 3 classes in the History of Art and Architecture Department per semester, encompassing one museum studies classroom course, new UAG collections management course/laboratory, and museum studies internship preparation.
• Assist the Director of the University Art Gallery to engage students in the description, management, and care of the collection, and support access that furthers the teaching mission of the University.
• Steward existing relations and develop new alliances with partner institutions who host interns.
• Meet with undergraduate and graduate students beyond the classroom as may be appropriate to their educational needs.
• MA in Museum Studies OR comparable professional experience (defined as 5-year appointment with relevant responsibilities in an art gallery, museum, university or public arts organization)
• Some college-level teaching experience in museum studies, the history of art, architecture, or a closely related field, OR equivalent experience (5-years) in museum education, public outreach, or professional training.
• Commitment to the values of equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity.
• M.A. or Ph.D. in the history of art, architecture, or a closely related field, in hand by January 1. 2023.
• Experience as the instructor of record for a college-level course in museum studies or the history of art or architecture.
• Curatorial experience and/or experience directing service-learning or community engagement programs for undergraduate students.
• Experience in managing art and /or archival collections, exhibition installation, or other skills related to museum/ art gallery management.
The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
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