Assistant or Associate Professor in Museum Studies (68274)

Gainesville, Florida
Dec 20, 2020
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant or Associate Professor in Museum Studies (68274)

Gainesville, Florida
Open Date:
Dec 18, 2020

Position: Full-time, nine month, tenure accruing faculty position 
Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2021 
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.   

The School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor in Museum Studies. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure track faculty position with an expected start date of August 2021. The faculty member will pursue an active program of research; teach a 2-2 load of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level; advise graduate students; chair thesis committees; and contribute service to the university, the community, and the profession. 

The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels. 

The Graduate Program in Museum Studies at the University of Florida prepares the museum leaders of tomorrow to be ethical, socially and politically engaged members of their communities, prepared to make positive impacts, both locally and globally, through critical museum work. Our selective program was established nearly twenty years ago and like museums themselves, we are engaged, responsive, and evolving.  

We seek a collaborator, a committed teacher and mentor, an engaged community member, and a committed researcher in Museum Studies or a related field. In concert with other Museum Studies faculty, this person will contribute to growing the program, by creating new courses and learning opportunities and vision for technology and museum integration. We have a strong interest in community engagement and growing our presence in local communities We are seeking a faculty member also interested in developing relationships with UF faculty and community organizations to develop research and create learning opportunities for students outside the classroom.  

We welcome applications from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, as well any area of expertise within the field of Museum Studies and Practice. Involvement in areas of diversity, inclusion, and social justice are particularly welcomed.  

Responsibilities: Teaching graduate courses in Museum Studies (history and philosophy of museums, curatorial practice, exhibition design, collections management, etc.); advising graduate students; chairing thesis committees; engaging faculty from diverse disciplines; conducting a program of scholarly research appropriate to Museum Studies; participating in service to school, college, university, community, and profession. Candidates must be able to work with students pursuing careers in a range of disciplines and institutions (e.g. museums of art, history, natural history, science, technology, etc.) 

THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA:  The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top six best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.  

COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond.  We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation.  The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute and the Center for Arts, Migration and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.   

SCHOOL OF ART + ART HISTORY: The mission of the School of Art and Art History (SA+AH) is to nurture a culture of critical inquiry in scholarly and creative pursuits. The faculty within the SA+AH seeks to empower each individual student with knowledge, skills, and insight to respond thoughtfully to our changing world.  The SA+AH is driven by the knowledge that visual and scholarly research is vital to the work of the larger university and that this research enhances the lives of its regional, national, and international communities. The school has more than 370 undergraduate and 120 graduate students studying art history, art education, museum studies, visual and design communication, and studio art (art + technology, ceramics, creative photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture). Degrees awarded include the BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD. Through the Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) endowment and the Visiting Artist lecture series, the SA+AH sponsors a robust program of public talks, symposia, and class visits by leading scholars and artists. Also a part of the School of Art + Art History is the University Galleries—University Gallery, Gary R. Libby Gallery, Grinter Gallery. Together with student-run 4Most Gallery, they offer a diverse program of critically engaged exhibitions of professional and student artwork. The Workshop for Art Research and Practice (WARP)—the school’s studio art foundations program— is housed in a dedicated 6000 sq. ft. WARPhaus near a fabrication lab and design studio at Infinity Hall, a living community for entrepreneurial-minded students. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The art education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). For more information, visit  



Minimum Requirements:  

  • Applicants must hold a terminal degree or equivalent professional experience (PhD or be ABD in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Art History, or other relevant field). Candidates with a master’s degree in Museum Studies with significant museum experience are also welcome to apply.  

  • Minimum of 3 years Museum experience. 

  • Applicants must have the expertise to teach graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in Museum Studies.  

  • Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances access, equity, and inclusion is required. 


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Scholarly publications related to Museum Studies. 

  • Administrative skills. 

  • A record of community engagement and collaborative projects. 

  • Three or more years of teaching experience at the university level.  

Application Instructions:

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on January 11, 2021 and will continue until a suitable applicant pool is established. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by Friday January 22, 2021. Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system. Online applications must include the following: (1) a detailed letter of application, which should include a statement about the role of museums in contemporary society and how Museum Studies can effect change; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) pdfs or links to representative publications or other relevant work; and (4) names and contact information for three references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of reference. 

Inquiries may be sent to: 
Subject Line: Museum Studies Search 
Heidi Powell 
Associate Professor of Art Education and Chair of the Museum Studies Assistant/Associate Professor Search 
Email: [email protected] 

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff., seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and those who practice conduct of inclusion. 

The final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at   

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.  


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