Material Culture and Curatorship Job

Assistant or Associate Professors, Material Culture and Curatorship
University of Alberta

The Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta, invites applications for a tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position in the area of Material Culture and Curatorship.

Key responsibilities of the position include:

  • Serving as Curator of the Clothing and Textiles Collection. The Curator will develop a long-term vision and a national and international research profile for the Collection. Specific responsibilities include promoting and facilitating use of the Collection for interdisciplinary research, teaching and public outreach; securing supplementary funding for Collection maintenance, enhancement and promotion; determining policies regarding Collection growth and mandate; acquisition of artifacts; and Collection inventory and documentation.
  • Establishing an independent object-based research program in material culture.
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses including material culture and historic dress.
    Supervising graduate students.

Applicants must have:

  • A PhD in human ecology, material culture studies, museum studies, history related to clothing and textiles, or other relevant area;
  • A successful record of scholarship in material culture, curatorship and/or museum studies, or other specialized discipline relevant to the position;
  • Demonstrated ability curating in a museum or other collection, preferably dealing with clothing and textile artifacts;
  • Demonstrated excellence in university teaching and the ability to contribute to interdisciplinary educational and research programs; and
  • A collaborative working style that is a good fit with the Department of Human Ecology

The preferred start date for this position is July 1, 2009 but the competition will remain open until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter that addresses the requirements of the position and describes the focus of your scholarship, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, sample publication and the names and contact information for three referees. Review of applications will commence December 1, 2008.

Interested applicants may apply to:

Deanna Williamson, Chair
Department of Human Ecology
Room 302E Human Ecology
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2N1
via email
Phone: 780-492-5770
Fax: 780-492-4821

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens and permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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