Jobs: American Studies Professor and Museum Director


1.) Assistant Professor of American Studies, American University, Washington, D.C.

The American Studies Program at American University (Washington, D.C.) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment beginning in fall 2010 at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. We are seeking a highly dedicated scholar-teacher who is deeply committed to interdisciplinary learning, new approaches to teaching and scholarship, and the preparation of students for life in a diverse and rapidly changing global society.

Ph.D. in American Studies or related discipline required. Desired area of specialization in race and ethnicity studies, with possible secondary fields in transnationalism, visual and/or material culture, and museum studies.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that she or he will be able to help provide educational leadership to American University’s Frederick Douglass Scholars Program for talented students from diverse backgrounds and strengthen American University’s growing list of partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution and other local and national institutions located in the Washington area. The appointee’s tenure home will reside in the department most closely related to her or his intellectual interests.

Send letter of application indicating relevant research and teaching experience, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (preferably by e-mail) to:

American Studies Search Committee
Department of History
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8083


Applications should be complete by September 15, 2009

2.) Director of Gregg Museum of Art and Design, North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University invites applications for the position of Director, Gregg Museum of Art & Design. The Director reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts NC State, the administrative unit for the University’s visual and performing arts programs.

The Director will provide overall leadership and management for the Museum, including care and growth of the collection; financial management; fundraising; academic collaborations with University departments and colleges; and community outreach and volunteer engagement and support, particularly in partnership with the Friends of the Gregg, the advocacy and support group for the Gregg Museum. The Director will provide creative leadership in the development of exhibitions and will develop innovative approaches to object-based education in support of University courses, research and outreach. Through these initiatives, the Director will continue to increase student appreciation and knowledge of the arts. The Director will supervise daily operations of the Museum including staff management.

The qualified candidate will have a minimum of seven years to ten years experience as the Director or Senior Curator at a museum (preferably university-based) or art institute; PhD in art history, American material culture, and/or an advanced degree in museum management; and recognized expertise in one or more fields of textiles, ceramics, metals, photography or self-taught art relevant to the mission of the Gregg Museum.

Preferred Education: Doctorate

Additional Salary Information: Benefits include health and dental insurance, vacation, and participation in the state retirement plan.

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(photo above is of a recent exhibition at the Gregg Musem of Art and Design in North Carolina.)

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