Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice, Heritage and Museum Sciences – Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX) invites applications for a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track position in the Heritage and Museum Sciences (HMS) graduate program. The position reports to and supports the Chair of HMS with the secondary title and role as Assistant/Associate Chair and Graduate Advisor of HMS.  The position is a teaching and administrative position. Start date is negotiable with a preferred target of late fall 2019.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach two graduate level HMS courses, one preferably being Preventive Conservation.
  • Administer HMS program goals in concert with Chair of HMS.
  • Coordinate and communicate regarding courses, documentation, and requirements with the University’s Graduate School and Office of the Registrar.
  • Evaluate and coordinate HMS admissions in concert with HMS Chair.
  • Recruit and assist applicants to the HMS program.
  • Advise HMS students on their course of study, program and University requirements, and formation of their graduate committees.
  • Oversee and advance program for HMS students choosing internship option
  • Coordinate HMS student internship and thesis requirements.
  • Chair or serve on HMS Master of Arts committees.
  • Plan and conduct HMS new student orientation.
  • Coordinate program evaluation for the University’s accrediting body (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in concert with Chair of HMS.
  • Mentor HMS students in professional practices.
  • Liaise with HMS faculty.
  • Assist HMS Chair in selection of HMS and University scholarships and fellowships.

Applicants will submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and administrative philosophies, and the names of three individuals who may be contacted as references.

Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree in an academic area relevant to heritage or museum sciences or studies.
  • At least three years professional experience in heritage or museum practice.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in an academic area relevant to heritage and museum sciences.
  • Teaching experience at a college or university.
  • Experience administrating an academic or similar program.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of heritage and museum philosophies and professional practices.
  • Publications, presentations or service in professional heritage or museum forums or organizations.
  • Experience in the development, preservation, management, or interpretation of heritage or museum collections.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to ethical standards, legal responsibilities, and best practices established by museum accreditation, state and federal law, and international covenants.
  • Successful experience working in a collaborative professional environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

About the HMS Program

Heritage and Museum Sciences, a graduate program begun in 1974, is housed in the Museum of Texas Tech University. The program usually matriculates between 12 and 20 new students each year. The Museum—including the Lubbock Lake Landmark, the Natural Science Research Laboratory, the Artist Printmaker/Photographer Research Collection and the Moody Planetarium—is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and provides a learning laboratory for immersive practice within a working museum and heritage property as well as for the development of method and theory critical to the growth of heritage and museum professionals.

The Museum of Texas Tech University, a community resource and a research institution, manages collections of more than eight million objects in disciplines covering art, clothing and textiles, anthropology (archeology and ethnology), history, paleontology, and natural science.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

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