Cornell University, Anthropology

Position ID:Cornell-Anthropology-CURATOR [#25960, WDR-00040356]
Position Title: Curator of Anthropology Collections
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Anthropology / Archaeology
Appl Deadline:2023/11/10 11:59PMhelp popup* (posted 2023/09/27, listed until 2023/11/10)
Position Description:   URMs  

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The Cornell Department of Anthropology invites applications for a full-time Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position (rank will be based on experience) curating the Cornell Anthropology/Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS) collections. We seek a curator whose practice demonstrates an engagement with ongoing conversations about the decolonization of collections, collecting practices, and the discipline more broadly and who seeks to extend current concerns with heritage, survivance, repatriation, and reparations into the context of a large teaching and research collection. The collections include almost 20,000 items assembled from many parts of the world, ranging from stone tools from the Lower Paleolithic to 21st century ethnographic materials. Responsibilities include: ongoing care and preservation of the collection; upgrading and maintaining the catalogue, database and tracking system; photographing and digitizing the collections and making them available through the relevant web portals; ensuring that the Anthropology/CIAMS Collections continue to comply with NAGPRA and repatriation requirements; and determining the needs of the permanent collection. Responsibilities will also include joining the current curator in presiding over the packing, moving, and storage/maintenance of the Collections during the Collections’ upcoming move from McGraw Hall and then setting up the new Collections space in Olin Library. In addition to these curatorial duties, the position entails teaching and advising anthropology and archaeology students. The normal teaching load would be one course per year. The curator will have outreach responsibilities including making the collections available for visits or use by faculty, alumni, donors, classes, and community organizations. The curator will also facilitate requests for loans and write grants for conservation and other specialized projects. 

Interested applicants are expected to have a Master’s degree, PhD preferred (commensurate with teaching and advising expectations) as well as curatorial experience. We are particularly interested in applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to bringing collections into the classroom and into our community engagements, including new media and multimodal engagements.

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Pay Range: $49,700 - $164,000 Actual salary offers in the College of Arts and Sciences will be based on education, experience, discipline, and relevant skills.

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  • Unique applicable skills.

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261 McGraw Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853