Art and Art History, University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-Art and Art History-2018502 [#11098, 2018502]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Arts Administration and Museum Studies
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Art and Art History
Art Administration or Management / Museum Studies, Museum Studies/Museum Management Specialization
Art History / American Art
Fine Arts
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/04/18, finished 2018/08/22)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of Art & Art History in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Arts Administration and Museum Studies. This tenure-line position offers the opportunity to teach in the expanding Arts Administration curriculum at UConn and help advance the program into the future. Teaching will be divided between graduate and undergraduate online and in-person classes that emphasize the diversity of knowledge and experience needed to approach arts administration in the 21st century and provide students a foundation in the dialogues and theories concerning museums and their historical and contemporary roles.

This position will demand a person attentive to visual culture and arts administration scholarship as well as someone able to engage critical dialogues concerning grant and fundraising strategies and management, foster the need to create communities and audiences reflecting diversity, and help both undergraduate and graduate students navigate the changing role of technology in education and outreach. This position will also need a person active and engaged in the field to guide students into internships, job searches, and graduate degree programs. Finally, we seek a scholar who will reach out and engage the faculty at UConn with scholarly collaborative projects, shared programming, and unique pedagogical opportunities for students.

The University of Connecticut is experiencing a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a faculty position in Art & Art History.

Currently, the Arts Administration MFA program at UConn features a 3-year curriculum, is highly individualized, and divided into two main parts: the core curriculum, which all MFA students are required to take, and advanced research and training in each student’s chosen area of expertise within the general field of arts administration. Examples of areas of specialization include: Fundraising & Development, Marketing, General Management, Labor Relations, Executive Leadership, Strategic Planning, Strategic Partnerships, Community Engagement, Advocacy, and Budgeting and Finance. The undergraduate program is growing and this position will be crucial to seeing those classes expanded and also integrated with visual culture curriculum already established at UConn. This position will spend time at the new UConn Arts Administration Center at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford and at the main Storrs campus.

This tenure line will be positioned in the Department of Art & Art History which has over 170 undergraduate majors, 15 graduate students, and a full-time faculty of 21, along with a number of specialist adjunct faculty and a committed team of staff. The department is dedicated to the cultivation of artists and scholars with a wide-ranging understanding of the concepts, aesthetics, techniques, and social functions of contemporary art practices within broader historical and cultural contexts. It would be hoped that this position will serve to connect the curricular and scholarly goals of both the Art and Art History department and the Arts Administration Program.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding; high quality publications; impact as measured through citations, performances and/or exhibits, as appropriate to the candidate’s research agenda; and national recognition, as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.


  • Teach graduate-level and undergraduate level courses in Arts Administration and Museum Studies 
  • Produce a significant record of research and publications in the candidate’s primary field of study
  • Establishing a national presence in professional organizations and among peers in academic and professional arts administration and museum studies communities
  • Advising/mentoring graduate students in Arts Administration 
  • Collaborate with the newly hired Arts Administration Director to lead the activities at the UConn Arts Administration Center located at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT 
  • Collaborate to build curricula and develop courses
  • Attend faculty functions and meetings as required and engaging actively in institutional governance by serving on Art an Art History Departmental, SFA, and University committees 
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Completed terminal degree in applicable fields such as Art History (Ph.D.), American Studies (Ph.D.), Museum Studies (Ph.D.), Fine Arts (MFA), or Arts Administration (MFA). Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  • Distinguished record of research and publications in the candidate’s primary field of study
  • Museum, gallery, commercial, and/or arts administration experience required
  • Establishing a national presence in professional organizations and among peers in academic and professional arts administration and museum studies communities
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity through teaching, research, and/or community engagement  


  • At least 3-5 years of teaching experience
  • A proven record of excellence in teaching
  • Record of interdisciplinary and/or community collaboration in research and/or programming development
  • Scholarship and/or experience fostering dialogues concerning diversity in museum practice
  • On-line teaching experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with overlapping timelines and to work effectively in a flexible, dynamic environment
  • A demonstrated ability to contribute through research and scholarship, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.


This is a full-time, 9-month tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2018. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the Storrs campus but classes will consistently meet at the Hartford campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses or online as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Select “Apply” to submit the following on Academic Jobs Online: (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) writing sample (journal article, book chapter, etc.); (4) a teaching statement; (5) a research statement; (6) a diversity statement; and (7) names and contact information of three professional references

Review of applications will begin on April 16, 2018.  Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

Please contact Charlene Haukom (, Administrative Assistant for Art & Art History, with any questions. For more information regarding the Department of Art & Art History, please visit the department website at

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018502)

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
Department of Art & Art History
University of Connecticut
830 Bolton Road, Unit 1099
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1099

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