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Curator, Longyear Museum of Anthropology
Requisition Number: 2019S121P
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Dean of the Faculty
Department: Longyear Museum of Anthropology
Colgate University seeks a curator of the Longyear Museum of Anthropology (LMA). The LMA is part of Colgates University Museums, along with the Picker Art Gallery (PAG); Colgate also has a range of other university collections, including the Linsley Museum of Geology, that also promotes teaching, learning, and research. The curator will work closely with University Museums staff and will have the opportunity for collaborative engagement with the curator of the PAG.
The LMA curators responsibilities include but are not limited to the study, care, use, interpretation, scholarship, publication, and stewardship of the Longyear Museum of Anthropology collection. The successful candidate will join an exciting discussion of long-term planning and transition in Colgates third century vision,in anticipation of a future campus-wide arts, creativity, and innovation initiative that seeks to engage students and faculty in object teaching-learning, not only within anthropology, but across various interdisciplinary programs and other disciplinary departments across campus. In joining this initiative, the successful candidate will receive appropriate support to advance combined work as a curator-teacher-scholar.
The LMA plays a significant role in the teaching mission and the reputation of one of the countrys leading liberal arts universities, with a student population of about 3,000 and a faculty of 300. The LMA is located on Colgate Universitys beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York. Its collection features more than 20,000 objects. Established in the 1950s within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology by archaeologist John Longyear, the LMA collections have diversified and grown to include archaeological and ethnographic art and artifacts from North America, Pre-Columbian Middle and South America, Africa, Oceania and Asia as well as contemporary art of indigenous peoples. The Americas collections include indigenous artifacts and art objects, from prehistoric stone tools to Peruvian pottery, from Plains Indian beadwork to Mohawk baskets. The African materials constitute the largest and most comprehensive repository of African material culture in Central New York. The holdings include works from indigenous cultures of the Pacific Islands, as well as Asian and Indonesian objects. The LMA curator will play a central role in articulating the ethical and scholarly concerns involved in working with objects that have ties to indigenous and other colonized peoples. Work will involve fostering dialogue and collaborations with the local Oneida Nation and other Native American communities.
Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at www.upstatenyherc.org. Colgate takes great pride in sustaining a collaborative work environment that provides a comprehensive total rewards benefit package.
Support the teaching mission of the university and the LMA, by working closely with the faculty of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Africana and Latin American Studies Program, the Native American Studies Program, Museum Studies and other related academic units, to facilitate access to the collections and the use of objects in teaching.
Ensure that the following programmatic responsibilities are guided by the university's mission, institutional priorities, and stated program goals, and also compliant with university, federal, state, and other relevant policies and regulations:
Demonstrated ability to develop original exhibitions that engage with the curriculum, as well as to plan and manage a long-term calendar of exhibitions, programming, and publications; ability to care for and steward the archaeological and ethnological cultural heritage collections in a professional manner and following museum best practices.
Demonstrates a specialized knowledge of anthropological collections in at least one of the LMAs collecting areas; ability to conduct collections-based scholarly research, publish, and oversee a plan for the care and management of the collection.
Demonstrated knowledge of NAGPRA and the ability to execute a program that ensures compliance and respects the cultural heritage of objects.
Demonstrated expertise in the skills required for effective program management, such as leadership, communication, organization, and team building. Ability to effectively plan, allocate and steward resources in relation to program needs.
Demonstrated ability to effectively utilize collections management databases (e.g. TMS). Demonstrated general office productivity computer skills.
Instruction / Education
Demonstrated ability to train/mentor Colgate students in terms of curatorial practices, to collaborate with faculty, and to teach in the field of museum studies. Ability to teach from collections/exhibitions in a gallery setting.
Personal Accountability for Results
Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.
Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.
Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.
Leadership and Teamwork
Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.
Creativity and Innovation
Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.
Diversity and Inclusion
Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.
Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the universitys commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the universitys sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.
Ph.D. in Anthropology or other related fields of expertise that connect with the LMAs collections. Experience in anthropological fieldwork. Experience working with Native American communities.
URL for LMA https://www.colgate.edu/about/campus-facilities/museums-galleries/longyear-museum-anthropology
MA required, preferably in Anthropology, MA in other related fields of expertise will be considered.
Additional application instructions:
Applicants are required to provide a brief sample of writing that demonstrates their abilities (ex: published essays, brochure text) along with a cover letter, CV, and list of three professional references.
Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their curatorial work might support the universitys commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
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Special Instructions Summary
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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