The Museum Studies program at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) seeks to hire a full-time lecturer who will work both as a teacher and mentor to undergraduate students. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to teach core courses in the Museum Studies program and advise MUSE students pursuing careers in museums, libraries and archives. Duties include teaching, oversight of our internship program and thesis projects for MUSE students, and involvement in digital and community-based projects.
RIT’s Museum Studies program is the only Bachelor of Science museum studies degree in the United States. Dedicated to exceptional teaching and individual attention to students, the program is administered by the History Department and housed in the College of Liberal Arts, where it offers an interdisciplinary, experiential, engaged curriculum. The undergraduate curriculum emphasizes the interdisciplinary framing of museum studies and deep engagement with technologies that are essential to 21st century work in museums, libraries, and archives.
The program seeks an individual who is committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity, and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. The program emphasizes applied learning through transferable competencies and informed decision making, with classroom instruction closely tied to practice through exhibitions, digital projects, internships at area museums and libraries, and partnerships with arts and community organizations across Western New York. The program also emulates the profession by creating a community of practice infused with the principles of collaboration through which individual students’ learning is enhanced by their classmates’ learning. Outcomes for the degree program are clearly articulated: students graduate from the program as well-prepared, engaged, emerging professionals possessing a commitment to learning by doing.
Required Minimum Qualifications
RIT’s Museum Studies program seeks candidates with an M.S., M.A. and/or Ph.D. degree in Museum Studies, Public History, Museum Education, or a related field, such as Archival Studies, Folk Studies, or Digital Humanities. Candidates may have experience as a publicly-engaged scholar or as a collections-based practitioner who can apply professional expertise to their teaching. Candidates whose experience reflects these or other areas of study and who have experience and/or interest in teaching museum studies to diverse audiences and engaging with underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.
The program seeks candidates who are able teach courses with a technology and/or digital humanities foundation, such as “museums and the digital age,” “visitor engagement and museum technologies,” and “digital curation.” While these are the primary areas of teaching expertise requested, candidates equipped with another, related teaching expertise and possessing a desire to acquire skills in digital technologies are also encouraged to apply.
Museum studies faculty and students have a rich tradition of collaboration on and off campus. The program is keenly interested in candidates with expertise in community engagement and collaboration with campus and community-based partners. For instance, existing relationships yield student-centered, project-based collaboration with the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the Golisano College of Computing and Information Science at RIT and collaborations with RIT’s University Gallery on the main campus and City Art Space, the university’s art venue located in downtown Rochester.
Demonstrated teaching experience
Demonstrated facility with a variety of digital tools, platforms, and software, building websites or web management
Experience with project management, community engagement, or other forms of collaboration
Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging via leadership and other efforts, such as teaching museum studies to diverse audiences and engaging with underrepresented communities, that can contribute to our ongoing efforts to advance justice and equity of our program and university
The successful candidate will have access to RIT’s newly-constructed makerspace, the SHED, to support their teaching, and will have access to four established partnerships with local museums: Rochester Museum & Science Center; Seneca Park Zoo; the Strong National Museum of Play; and Genesee Country Village & Museum (the latter is supported by a $1 million endowment by Philip K. and Anne Wehrheim). The successful candidate will also benefit from contacts and associations with other institutions locally and regionally.
Required Minimum Education Level MS, MA
Faculty Type (Tenure Status) Non-Tenure-Track Lecturer
Faculty Rank Lecturer
Employment Category Fulltime
Required Application Documents Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Portfolio of Work
How To Apply
Apply online at http://careers.rit.edu/faculty; search openings, then Keyword Search 7514BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:
Up to five samples of scholarly contributions and/or material artifacts reflective of your experience (e.g., relevant course syllabi; assignment prompts with supporting student work; URLs with descriptions of websites or other digital media; examples of interdisciplinary or community-engaged collaboration. Max size 3MB)
Complete contact information for at least three references (name, position, relationship, phone number[s], and email)
Deadline for application: February 1, 2023
Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to [email protected]. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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