Director, Museum Studies and Public History, tenure-track position. The History Department at the University of Delaware invites applications for an associate or full professor to direct its nationally recognized Museum Studies Program (f. 1972), to begin August 16, 2020. A PhD in history or related field required; geographic, time period, and thematic expertise open. Museum experience, a strong record of scholarship broadly defined, and excellent professional connections are essential. Applicants currently employed in museums and public humanities institutions worldwide are welcome. Those engaged with critical issues in cultural heritage and museum practice and that can contribute to UD initiatives of social justice, environmental humanities, and digital humanities also encouraged to apply.
Job responsibilities: The successful candidate will direct the program, which offers an undergraduate minor and graduate certificate, with courses in museum studies, history, material culture, race and museums, and public humanities. Responsibilities may include devising curricula and internship opportunities; teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; maintaining an on-going research and scholarship agenda; and networking with public humanities and academic institutions. The director will have the assistance of a fulltime program administrator.
The Museum Studies Program draws students and affiliated faculty from history, Africana studies, art conservation, art history, English, fashion and apparel studies, the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and area museums and archives. The program has a history of service to the field and to the region. It hosts MuseWeekly, a digital newsletter of professional opportunities that reaches over 6,000 recipients. The Museum Studies Program has strong partnerships with Winterthur, Hagley Museum and Library, the Delaware Historical Society, and a vibrant regional community of small museums, historic sites and community archives. UD’s own museums, libraries, and press are also assets. The program serves a strong cohort of students pursuing a master of arts and seeking training in museum studies and public history as well as doctoral students in US and non-US history who train to pursue successful careers inside and outside of the academy.
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is known for our exceptional educational experiences and for integrating instruction, research, and public engagement. CAS is a thriving academic unit of over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and 600 faculty, featuring outstanding research and teaching facilities. We encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and engage local, national, and global audiences through our research and creative activity.
The University of Delaware (https://www.udel.edu/) is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Applicants are asked to upload a cover letter and c.v., and and the names and contact information for three references to http://www.udel.edu/006265. Review of complete applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions to Museum Studies Committee chair Cindy Ott at [email protected]
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