Michigan State University, Museum
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Michigan, United States|
Michigan State University is seeking candidates for the position of Specialist-Outreach, Curator/Associate Curator of History at the MSU Museum. The position is full time, annual year, fixed-term.. Appointment as Curator or Associate Curator will depend on the degree held and experience. Salary is commensurate with experience.
The University: Michigan State University (www.msu.edu) with almost 49,000 students, is one of the largest public land grant universities and has the distinction of belonging to the Association of American Universities (AAU). MSU’s mission of teaching, research and outreach is supported by the University’s diverse employment base of approximately 11,500, including 5,000 faculty and academic staff and 6,500 support staff. MSU is composed of 17 colleges, including three medical schools. It houses the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and is the future home of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The campus is situated on 5,200 acres in a park-like setting.
Michigan State University Museum: The MSU Museum is the science and culture museum at MSU. The Museum serves students of the university, supports faculty in their coursework and research, assists researchers in science and culture around the country and around the world, and provides educational products including exhibits for audiences of all ages. The Museum’s collections number almost 1 million objects and span natural science, archaeology, anthropology, history, technology, and folk/traditional arts. Exhibits and other educational products are delivered at the Museum’s main campus site, at other venues across campus, and at sites around Michigan, across the country and internationally, as well as via virtual/web/mobile media.
The position: The position will provide leadership to history and related programs at the Museum, including collection development, documentation, care, and access activities, and delivery of diverse educational products for university students, schools, and the general public. In particular, the position will ensure Museum history and other cultural collections are used effectively in engaging educational programs, with an emphasis on linking history, technology and science.
The Curator/Associate Curator of History at the MSU Museum will:
- Develop, lead and/or manage exhibition, research, collection, and educational projects and work teams with other museum staff, faculty, students, contractors, and other university and community partners
- Assist in collection documentation and management, and advise on collection acquisitions
- Develop collections-based educational products - including exhibits, online and outreach products - for diverse audiences including university students, elementary and high school students, scholars, and the general public
- Build the Museum’s collections-based research and educational capacities through productive relationships with faculty, students, education and museum sectors, other targeted sectors aligned with university priorities, and other partners that strategically advance the mission and priorities of the Museum
- Provide training and mentoring for staff, students and volunteers; supervise student internships, especially in museum studies; host student classes and participate on occasion in student courses
- Provide information to and assist students, faculty, staff, the public, and the media on topics relating to collections, research and work of the Museum
- Collaborate with collection managers and other curatorial staff in overseeing loan and other outreach programs for collections
- Provide leadership in public access to collections, including physical access and access to collection information via databases and other systems
- Develop and manage grant and other funding proposals to support Museum
- Conduct original research related to field(s) of expertise and the Museum’s collections (this position could be a Principal Investigator for grant submissions)
- Communicate results of research through diverse media including exhibitions, publications, seminars, conferences, and online through the Museum’s and other websites
Education: Ph.D. in history or a related field of cultural studies, with a focus on material culture preferred; a Masters degree will be considered if accompanied by extensive experience in a museum or other object-based learning environment. A degree or certificate in Museum Studies or similar would be well regarded.
Professional Qualifications (required):
- Three to five years of experience in a museum or similar work environment
- Experience in collection curation and management, including processes of collection development, accessioning, cataloguing, care, and commitment to making collections accessible for research and education
- Experience in researching and delivering object-based learning experiences especially exhibits, both real and virtual
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, to diverse professional and lay audiences
- Project management skills including experience in managing budgets and multidisciplinary teams of staff, students, volunteers, and partners
- Familiarity with office software
Professional Qualifications (desired):
- Knowledge of and experience in the history of technology/science would be a particular advantage; knowledge of U.S nineteenth-century through contemporary history and familiarity with material culture traditions worldwide also an advantage
- Knowledge of exhibit design
- Knowledge of the theory and methods of object-based learning
- Advanced computer skills including some knowledge of collection databases and the use of digital media in exhibits and other educational activities
- Experience in fund-raising through grants, contracts, donations, and other mechanisms
- Engagement in museum professional associations and disciplinary societies
Applications are due by June 3, 2013.
To apply, please go to the MSU Applicants page at: https://jobs.msu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1364491373765 and look for position number 7690.