The Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington seeks an Assistant Teaching Professor. This position will be expected to engage in teaching areas such in exhibition design and development, interpretation, and/or storytelling. The successful applicant will be appointed as an Assistant Teaching Professor, non-tenure eligible, full-time, in the History Department of the University of Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences for three years, with the possibility of renewal. The position is a 9-month appointment, with a start date of September 16, 2022.
About the Museology Graduate Program
The Museology Graduate Program is a two-year, full-time, master’s program on the UW Seattle campus. We accept 30-35 students each year, and inspire them to use museums to build strong communities. We are an interdisciplinary program in the UW’s Graduate School, and our 4 full-time faculty and 14 guest faculty have academic appointments spanning multiple UW colleges or schools.
Diversity and equity are core values of the Museology Graduate Program. Our commitment to these values is visible in i) our student recruitment process, where we actively try to diversify our student cohort; ii) our curriculum, for example our new course in Museums and the Movement for Racial Justice; iii) our paid internship program, which makes museum jobs accessible to all of our students; and iv) our lasting partnerships with cultural institutions such as the Burke Museum of Natural History, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience, and the Northwest African American Museum. The successful applicant will be expected to foster and engage in equity work in their teaching and leadership.
Responsibilities of the Museology Assistant Teaching Professor
This position is appointed within History Department of the College of Arts and Sciences, but all courses will be taught in the Museology Graduate Program. The position involves teaching a minimum of 2 Museology courses per quarter, over 3 quarters. The position also involves advising Museology students, chairing master’s thesis committees, and providing service to both the Museology Graduate Program and the History Department. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching and service.
The position requires a Ph.D. in public history or a related field (or foreign equivalent). The ideal candidate must have at least one year of higher education teaching experience.
Positive Factors for Consideration
Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, experience supervising students in thesis research and/or capstone/portfolio projects and professional experience in the museum field or a related field.
Review of applications will begin on January 30, 2022. Application packages should include: i) letter of intent; ii) CV; iii) statement of teaching goals/philosophy; iv) diversity statement (see below); v) an example of scholarship (i.e., a published article, a blogpost, a museum exhibit, a community project); and vi) three letters of recommendation.
Inquiries about the position or application process may be directed to Jessica Luke, Chair of the Museology Assistant Teaching Professor Search Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Diversity statement provides an opportunity for applicants to reflect on how they and their approach to teaching contributes to equity and inclusion that supports people who represent differences in gender identities, class, race, ethnicity, culture, LGBTQ identities, religious affiliation, national origin, disability, and other identities. We invite you to be reflective on your own positionality. Please describe your experiences with diversity in your teaching, and/or your potential to bring diversity to the History Department, the Museology Graduate Program, and the museum field. Discuss your potential to mentor and educate students who will serve diverse populations.