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Job ID: Assistant Professor, Museum Studies, 21.19
School of Art
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Date Posted:
August 7, 2019
Closing Date:
Open until filled
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San Francisco State University, Museum Studies Program offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Museum Studies beginning August 2020.

We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include museum education and outreach, the history and social and political contexts of museum, and museum curation—i.e., the organization, research, and interpretation of materials for exhibit-related educational activities. We also seek a colleague who will engage with the Global Museum, an on-campus museum that is operated in concert with the Museum Studies Program through its curriculum. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

The Museum Studies Program at San Francisco State develops museum professionals and pre-professionals engaged in the important role museums play in our increasingly global and diverse world. Coursework combines theoretical background in the history, functions, and social and political contexts of museums, plus hands-on, practical training in caring for and engaging visitors with authentic cultural collections in the university’s new Global Museum.

The Program develops museum professionals committed to the power of museums as places of inspiration, community learning, and ethical collections stewardship for all segments of society. As the only Master of Arts degree program or Minor in Museum Studies at a public university in the state, and one of the few in the world integrated with a university museum, the Program uniquely reflects the concerns of 21st century museum professionals, who recognize that connecting to communities and engaging diverse audiences are of paramount concern to museums today.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

•Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
•Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
•Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
•Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
•Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
•Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
•Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in Museum Studies, including developing and supervising graduate capstone projects and internships; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty; and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at


•Ph.D. in museum-related discipline, such as Art History, Classics, Near Eastern Studies, History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, or in the Natural Sciences, or M.A. in Museum Studies with equivalent professional experience. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment
•Museum professional experience
•Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students

•Record of teaching contributions in the field of Museum Studies
•Active record of scholarship related to specialty area and evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of these activities
•Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works
•Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities
•Experience with academic internships
•Experience in academic program administration
•Engagement with the activities of the Global Museum and its collections from ancient Egypt and around the world, which is operated in concert with the Museum Studies Program, through coursework, scholarship, and/or service
•Ability to advise and supervise students working to pursue careers from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds in the full range of 21st century museum activities.

Rank and salary:

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Museum Studies Program to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; writing sample; sample syllabi; statement of teaching philosophy; names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF, labeled as follows: Last Name, First Name_Application. Submit all materials online to by September 27, 2019. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. Please email with any questions.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.