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:
A cumulative three years of museum and curatorial experience working with anthropological collections in at least one of the Longyear Museum of Anthropologys collecting areas is required.
Experience must include a proven track record of working on NAGPRA issues and anthropological exhibitions and publications.
The successful candidate should have knowledge of collections management software.
Candidates must have administrative experience, excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, the ability to work effectively in a leadership position within a collaborative environment, proven experience in grant writing, and must be capable of working collegially with diverse faculty, students, and staff.
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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