Curator of Contemporary Craft and Sculpture-Arkansas Arts Center

A specialist in academic disciplines related to contemporary craft and sculpture collections, the chief responsibility of the curator of contemporary craft and sculpture is for the care and scholarly interpretation of all objects in these collections or loans to the Arts Center, whether related to loans or study. The curator also organizes, in collaboration with the deputy director of programming, the contemporary craft exhibition program.

Duties: Manage contemporary craft, sculpture, and decorative arts collections including, but not limited to, attention to proper storage and conservation needs. Plan, design and execute the contemporary craft exhibition program in collaboration with the curator of drawings and deputy director of programming. Plan contemporary craft exhibition installation design and assist with the actual installation as necessary. Supervise curatorial assistant and coordinate collection and exhibition duties and responsibilities of the registrar, assistant registrar and preparator as they pertain to the contemporary craft and sculpture collections and exhibitions. Also, the curator will work in coordination with the facilities manager, departmental managers, and education personnel.
In support of the development department, write and prepare grant applications. Provide support for appropriate public inquiries as it relates to the contemporary craft and sculpture collections and exhibitions. Participate in the production of exhibition and collection related programs; provide support for other Arts Center support organizations including but not limited to the Friends of Contemporary Craft and Traveling Seminars. Assist the curator of education with docent training as it pertains to contemporary craft and sculpture exhibitions and collections interpretation. Research for the Arts Center generated catalogues, brochures, interpretive labels and any materials related to contemporary craft and sculpture exhibitions and collections. Edit Arts Center publications related to contemporary craft and sculpture collections, exhibitions and programs. Recommend book and periodical acquisitions for the Arts Center’s library; Recommend the purchase of slides, videos, and films for the audio-visual library. Serve as spokesperson for the Arts Center, its collection and exhibitions, to the public and in public forums. Assist deputy director of marketing, deputy director of development and other staff as needed. Perform other duties assigned by the deputy director of programming and other administrative heads.

Required qualifications: Master’s degree (M. A.) or equivalent; and at least five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
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Assistant Professor in Consumer Affairs
Design, Merchandising, & Consumer Sciences
South Dakota State University

The Department of Design, Merchandising, & Consumer Sciences is looking to fill a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Consumer Affairs. This position has an effective start date of August 22, 2009.

Fulfill responsibilities as a faculty member of the department in the areas of teaching, research/scholarship, and service in the Consumer Affairs program in the following ways:
– Teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
– Build a strong track record of research and scholarly activities including grant. submissions; 20% AES appointment is connected to this position.
– Contribute to the Consumer Affairs program by networking with industry for internships, employment, and professional development opportunities for students.
– Provide service to the profession, university, college, department, and community.

– Earned PhD (or ABD near completion) in Family Economics, Family Resource Management, Consumer Sciences, Family Financial Planning, or closely related disciplines in Human Sciences, Marketing, Business, or Public Relations.
– Effective interpersonal/written communication skills.
– Potential for effective teaching, successful research publications, and grant writing.

– College level teaching experience in consumer sciences or above stated fields
– Expertise in marketing, public relations, and/or event coordination
– Experience with cross-disciplinary collaboration
– Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Review of applications will begin on January 12, 2009 and continue until a suitable candidate is appointed

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, resume, and reference page. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

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