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Job ID: Search 42.13

Fine Arts

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Date Posted:
December 12, 2013

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Open until filled

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The San Francisco State University Museum Studies Program seeks candidates for the position of digital preservation in museums at the rank of Assistant (tenure-track) or Associate (tenured or tenure-track) Professor, to begin in Fall 2014.

Ph.D., or equivalent degree preferred, but applicants with distinguished professional experience and a Master’s degree will be considered. University teaching experience preferred. Interest in new media practices and technologies to engage audiences in the context of the museum as a place of learning preferred. The successful applicant will possess museum professional experience in all areas of digital preservation in museums and will be knowledgeable about digital media, digital curation, mobile experiences, digitization strategies and digital asset management. The candidate will also be engaged in critical discourse surrounding digital preservation in museum, be able to bridge theory and practice, and have a strong interest in how museums communicate with the public. The candidate should also be knowledgeable about the history and organization of museums, about cultural heritage technologies and their impact on museums and collections in the 21st century, and should expect to be engaged with the local, vibrant museum community on these topics. Art museum experience preferred.

Responsibilities, Areas of Specialization and Teaching Range
The candidate must be adept at teaching in an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes museum professionalism and practice, is actively engaged with the museum community, and is seeking to expand the study of the role of museums in society. The candidate will teach graduate level survey courses in digital issues and museums, courses within his/her specialty, and in museum history and organization. By emphasizing the transformative impact of technology on museums, the candidate will also teach courses in marketing and public relations, and in museum writing and communication. Depending on the candidate’s area of specialization, he/she may teach one or more of current courses offered in interpretation, learning, theory, or in cultural heritage preservation. Other duties include developing and supervising internships, MA thesis projects/exhibits, as well as student advising, curriculum development, and other committee assignments. Experience in Art museum context desirable.

Rank and Salary
Assistant or Associate Professor; salary competitive, commensurate with qualifications. As part of the California State University system, SFSU provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits, including domestic partner benefits.

The Program
The Museum Studies Program at SFSU is one of the top Museum Studies programs in the United States. Museum Studies is housed in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, has 2 tenured/tenure-track faculty and several part-time Lecturers, and serves approximately 60 graduate students, all of whom must either complete a Master’s thesis or an independently curated exhibit as part of graduation requirements. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (2011), the SFSU Museum Studies Program, on average, grants the second highest number of Master’s degrees in Museum Studies in the country. As such, the Museum Studies Program at SFSU is a national leader in student-generated research that focuses on the concerns of the museum profession. In 2012, the Museum Studies Program was designated a Distinctive, High-Quality Program through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). The Museum Studies Program at SFSU is free-standing, multi-disciplinary, has highly selective admissions, and possesses active alumni and student groups. The Museum Studies Program is also the only Museum Studies M.A. Program in either the California State University or the University of California systems. The MS Program also has a close relationship with the Department of Art, a key strength of which is the Fine Arts Gallery, where both professional and student-oriented exhibits are produced every semester. For more information see: http://museumstudies.sfsu.edu/

The University
San Francisco State University, a member of the California State University system, serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work.

To Apply
Review of applications will begin 1/24/13. Applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, sample of professional and scholarly work, and three recent letters of reference. Address to:
Edward M. Luby, Director, Museum Studies Program
ATTN Digital Preservation Search Committee
Museum Studies Program
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

Initial interviews of top candidates will take place in late February/early March. Applications accepted until selection of candidates for campus interviews.

The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, and we especially welcome applications from members of all ethnic groups, women, veterans, and people with disabilities.