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Curator of University Galleries/Instructor

University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title:

Curator of University Galleries/Instructor

Position Number:


Requisition Number:


Position Type:

Faculty 11-12 Months

Time-limited through:


Type of Appointment:

Full-Time, Non-Tenure-Track

Faculty Position Sub-Type:


Length of Appointment:

12 months

Internal Recruitment?:


Working Hours:



Art and Design




Academic Affairs - DIV


College of Arts and Sciences

Approved Hiring Salary Range:

62,000.00 to negotiable

Pay Basis:


Equal Opportunity:

In 2018, the University of North Florida (UNF) received the prestigious INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only application-based national award for U.S. colleges and universities that exhibit an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. In addition, UNF ranked highest among the 80 HEED institutions and was also recognized as a 2018 Diversity Champion.

The University of North Florida (UNF) is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. The University of North Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not commit or permit discrimination or harassment on the basis of genetic information, race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or veteran status in any educational, employment, social, recreational program or activity that it offers. In addition, UNF will not commit or permit retaliation against an individual who complains of discrimination or harassment or an individual who cooperates in an investigation of an alleged violation of University Regulation.


UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution. This designation celebrates the University’s collaboration with community partners from the local to the global level. It reflects UNF’s mission to contribute to the public good and prepare educated, engaged citizens.

Faculty Initiatives:

UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged institution. This designation celebrates the University’s collaboration with community partners from the local to the global level. UNF strategically supports an aim to operate as a preeminent, vibrantly inclusive employer in higher education. UNF cultivates a shared commitment to diverse and inclusive perspectives and a culturally competent and inclusive university environment that values and respects the human differences, dignity, and well-being of every community member. The successful candidate should demonstrate a capacity to work among diverse constituencies in the immediate university community and beyond.

UNF faculty are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in all phases of instruction.

General Description / Primary Purpose:

The University of North Florida’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design invites applications for the position of Curator of University Galleries/Instructor (12-month renewable contract) beginning in Fall 2024.About UNF and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design:The University of North Florida’s Department of Art, Art History and Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The department offers three major programs of study in Art History, Graphic Design and Digital Media, and Fine Arts, with concentrations in Ceramics, Painting/Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture. The department partners with the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF, to enhance learning, exhibition, and research opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. In addition, the department maintains a diverse permanent collection for teaching of approximately 500 works.

Job Function:

The responsibilities of the position include managing UNF’s three unique university gallery spaces, including two campus galleries (the UNF Gallery of Art and the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery) and the UNF Gallery at MOCA Jacksonville.The UNF Gallery of Art serves students, faculty, and staff by exhibiting works that support the educational mission of the department and the university. The Lufrano Gallery focuses on exhibition of works that offer perspectives on global, intercultural, and social themes. The UNF Gallery at MOCA serves as a space for curatorial research and exhibitions that contribute to the department and museum’s shared mission for contemporary art. The Curator of University Galleries will also help to coordinate the Cynthia and Walter R. Graham, Jr., M.D. Student Art Gallery, a faculty-curated space in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library showcasing student work. The Curator of University Galleries position is hands-on, with responsibility for all aspects of exhibitions in the two on-campus galleries, including receiving, unpacking, condition reporting, installing, de-installing, and packing, marketing and promotion, signage, etc.The successful candidate will hold an appointment as Instructor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, with a teaching load of two courses annually in the fields of contemporary art history and gallery/curatorial practice, making best curricular use of MOCA Jacksonville and the university galleries. Course schedule is determined by departmental needs in consultation with the department chair.The Curator of University Galleries is also a vital part of the curatorial team at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, working with the Senior Curator and other staff to develop and coordinate a curatorial agenda across the university galleries that serves the needs and interests of students, faculty, MOCA, and the public. The position serves in this capacity as an essential liaison between UNF and MOCA to facilitate broader university engagement with the museum and its programs.

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Faculty Position Required Qualifications:

• At least an MFA in Fine Art or an MA in Art History, Museum Studies or a related field;• Minimum of two years’ experience in curatorial or gallery/museum management fields;• Teaching experience in museum studies and/or art history• Academic or professional background in issues of contemporary art (history, curation, exhibition, interpretation, etc.);• Excellent skills in verbal and written communication and organization;• The ability to work independently on multiple curating practices;• Experience with art handling and ability to hang, install, deinstall, etc.• The ability to work collegially and collaboratively across programs and departments with college and museum faculty and staff, university administration, visiting artists, and community members;• Preferred qualifications: terminal degree and experience with marketing, publicity, public engagement, and fundraising/development in the arts.

Departmental Requirements:


Statement(s) of Understanding Definition:

Background Check: This position requires a background check. In conjunction with the University’s policy, this position may also require a credit check.

Responsible Employee: The holder of this position is designated as a “Responsible Employee” pursuant to their role under Title IX. Therefore, the incumbent must promptly report allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and child sexual abuse by or against any student, employee, contractor, or visitor to the University’s Title IX Administrator or any divisional Title IX Coordinator.

Required Licensure or Certification:


Machines/Equipment used regularly:


Anticipated Start Date:


Job Posting Date:


Application Review Date:


Application Deadline:


Open Until Filled:


Point of Contact Information:

Dr. Scott Brown, Search Chair,

Hiring Official:

Hager, Jenny

Location if not Jacksonville:


Special Instructions:

Applicants must complete an online application, as well as upload supplemental documents, at in order to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not apply online and/or upload all the required documents will not be considered for this position. Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Scott Brown, Search Chair, or Megan Dennerlein, 904-620-4037

1. A cover letter detailing your educational and professional background and interest in and suitability for the position;2. Statement addressing curatorial and pedagogical philosophy;3. Curriculum vitae;4. Unofficial transcripts (finalists will be required to submit official transcripts);5. Samples of professional work (e.g. published scholarship, materials related to exhibitions curated, other materials relevant to the position responsibilities) (upload files or provide website link to materials online);6. Sample course syllabus;7. Examples of prior course assignments or mentored student projects;8. A list of three references with contact information (uploaded under document type “Department Specific”).Recommendation letters and Official Transcripts are required if invited to an on-campus interview. The materials will need to be sent by February 01, 2024You must apply online at and submit all required documents to be considered an applicant for this position. UNF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution.[BP2]
Official transcript can be sent to Jenny Hager, Dept Chair,

or by mail
University of North Florida
Dept of Art 45/2022
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224

POS# 336950 Gallery Director (Instructor) Search



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