The ideal applicant possesses key expertise in core museum fields as well as substantial experience teaching at University levels. The successful candidate is eligible for appointment as director of the MA in Museum Professions program after faculty election.
Rank: Faculty Associate, a member of the full-time College faculty, beginning in August 2018, and eligible for annual renewal.
Overview: The College of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University invites applications for a full-time position in its MA Museum Professions and BA art history programs. The Museum Professions graduate courses prepares students for professional careers in museums and other cultural institutions through challenging coursework and concrete experience, melding the theoretical with the practical.
The ideal candidate possesses key expertise in one or more essential museum fields (curatorial, collection management, education/interpretation, exhibition design, and/or administration/development) as well as experience teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. The position also teaches courses in the BA art history program and advises students enrolled in the dual degree/5-year Bachelor of Arts/Masters of Arts program in Museum Professions.
The successful candidate is immediately eligible for election by relevant faculty members as director of the MA Museum Professions Program; duties for both are described below. The Seton Hall academic year runs from late August until late May (including a May intersession) during which time the Director’s presence on campus is essential. Salary and faculty associate status will be commensurate with the appointee’s credentials and experience.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Faculty Associate of Museum Professions
• In addition to assumed program directorship and curriculum development release time, the appointee will teach six courses each academic year (August through May). A semester will include an array of three courses, including museum professions and art history courses (which could be museological).
• Mentoring and advising students on academic matters and careers, including graduate thesis advising (shared with other faculty)
• Curricular development at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including online and traditional courses
Director of Museum Professions MA Program (rotating role among eligible faculty members; appointed by Dean after faculty election)
• Administering the graduate program, including recruitment of graduate students and highly qualified adjunct instructors
• Shaping and implementing the strategic vision of a graduate program with a longstanding national reputation
• Facilitating the Institute of Museum Ethics
• MA, preferably in a subject pertinent to museums or cultural heritage institutions.
• Passion for teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels
• Advanced expertise in at least one key museum profession: e.g., collection manager/registrar, educator/interpreter, curator, exhibition developer/designer, and administrator/development officer
• Excellent communication (oral and written, in English), administrative, and collaborative skills
• PhD preferred
• Ability and interest to network among museum professionals for prospecting adjuncts, identifying internships, and contracting guest speakers.
• Familiarity with digital tools for teaching onsite and online
• Experience advising and mentoring emerging professionals
• Ability to teach topics in art history (which may be museological) at undergraduate level
- General Office Environment
Special Instructions to Applicants:
The application review and interview process will be rigorous and begins immediately. To receive full consideration, candidate should submit their complete dossier by March 16, 2018, using our online application system. Inquiries will be answered only after application review stage is completed.
Your application must include:
• 1-page cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interest
• Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing all academic and professional accomplishments
• Statement of teaching experience including subjects taught and student level
• 3 references; one written by an academic addressing the effectiveness of your teaching, another by a museum professional verifying the quality of your professional work, and a third by an author of your choice
• 3-page personal statement describing your areas of professional interest (including preferred topics to teach and research) as well as your vision for the museum field (including necessary preparations for emerging professionals)
• Professional writing sample (e.g., exhibition wall text, catalogue introduction or entry, audio guide script excerpt, donor solicitation letter, narrative from a grant application, and the like)
Applicants passing the first round of review will be invited to participate in an interview via video-conference with members of the SHU Selection Committee. Applicants passing the second round of review will be invited to an interview on campus. There may be additional materials to prepare and/or deliver (e.g., formal talk) during this third, on-campus round.