Coordinator of Academic Programs – McClung Museum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Summary: Reporting to the Manager of Education & Community Engagement, the Coordinator of Academic Programs (CAP) is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of academic initiatives that enhance the McClung’s contribution to the University’s academic agenda. Collaborating with students, staff, and faculty across campus, the CAP encourages and facilitates the meaningful participation of the McClung and its collections and exhibitions in the university’s various curricula and educational initiatives.

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Roles and Responsibilities:

Program Development and Planning (40%). Essential functions of the position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Creates and maintains collaborations with units and student groups across campus that elevate the museum’s mission on campus.
  • Seeks out and encourages the use of the Museum’s resources by higher-learning units not typically associated with museums while maintaining relationships with those that are traditionally affiliated with the museum.
  • Conducts university-wide research on class offerings before each semester and contacts faculty of relevant classes to encourage the use of specific exhibitions and collections.
  • Brings visibility to the museum by coordinating with university orientations and recruiting tours for students, staff, and faculty.
  • Coordinates exhibit-related programming, including visits by outside scholars and speakers, that engage students, faculty, and other adult learners.
  • Communicates programmatic calendars across the museum and collaborates with museum staff when appropriate.
  • Implements strategic plans and initiatives of the McClung Museum to fulfill the teaching goals of the university.
  • Recommends acquisitions that fulfill the academic mission of the Museum and its responsibility to the University.
  • Maintains affiliations with colleagues within university museums nationally.
  • Maintains and supports the Student Advisory Board for the museum.
  • Attends and occasionally presents at national conferences and/or other professional development opportunities to stay abreast of trends in the field.

Teaching and Implementation of Activities (40%). Essential functions of the position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversees, schedules, and administers all university class visits in the galleries, Object Study Room, and laboratories.
  • Oversees special access to the museum galleries and collections for courses, faculty and academic colleagues from other institutions, and students.
  • Develops and leads workshops on object-based teaching and museum studies for university faculty and instructors.
  • Executes and maintains the museum’s internship programs and related activities.
  • Teaches, co-teaches, or aids course sessions using the museum’s collections or exhibitions in concert with the instructor of record.
  • Develops new methods or initiatives for instruction and outreach to enhance the museum’s mission.

Administration (20%). Essential functions of the position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages the daily operations of Academic Programs.
  • Works with the education team to work through multi-year plans under the strategic plan for the museum and university.
  • Proposes budget annual expenses and maintains those expenses in concert with the Education Manager
  • Assists with the development and implementation of institutional plans and initiatives, including the strategic plan and annual action plans.
  • Maintains data, evaluations, and statistics of impact for academic programs.
  • Creates reports and recommends strategies and actions based on the collected data.
  • Oversees student assistance within academic programs when applicable, including but not limited to interns, volunteers, and graduate assistants.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of object-based teaching and learning.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong leadership, conceptual, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to supervise as well as to work well with others.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for working with students and faculty across many abilities and interests.
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks concurrently in a complex environment.
  • Proven ability to set goals and meet deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills and competency in Microsoft Office Suite, and virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom.
  • A commitment to higher-learning and personal advancement.

Preferred Skills and Knowledge: 

  • Ability to work cross-departmentally and collaboratively.
  • Proven ability to conduct object-based teaching and learning.

Required Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in a museum environment or similar institution focused on informal or non-formal education.
  • Demonstrated interest in multiple or interdisciplinary fields of inquiry.

Preferred Experience:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Three years of work experience in a museum setting, at least one of which is in an educational role.
  • One year of teaching experience in a classroom or museum setting.
  • Record of college or adult-level teaching.


  Other Professional 

Primary Location



  Mcclung Museum 



Campus/Institute  Knoxville 

Job Posting

  May 8, 2024, 3:37:02 PM

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