Curator of Academic Programs: McClung Museum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Curator of Academic Programs – McClung Museum  180000006S 

Regular Full-time, Pay Grade 41, Salary DOE&Q

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks a full-time Curator of Academic Programs. This person will be responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of academic initiatives that enhance the McClung’s contribution to the University’s academic agenda. Collaborating with faculty across campus, the CAP encourages and facilitates the meaningful participation of the McClung and its collections and exhibitions in undergraduate curricula. This includes working with museum curators to plan exhibitions relevant to university teaching, outreach to faculty, leading class discussions in the museum for courses in departments across campus, and educating faculty on teaching strategies that enrich their curriculum and pedagogy. They will work closely with the Museum’s curators, staff, and UT faculty in all disciplines to meet their teaching objectives through innovative collections-based curriculum. The Curator will collaborate with the Museum’s curators and with faculty members to implement internships and to plan class visits, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and research projects that engage the Museum’s resources. Academic Programs, at its core, seeks to make the museum a site of interdisciplinary, intellectual engagement, where members of the academic community can expand on classroom teaching by engaging deeply and effectively with the museum, the university as a whole, and the community.

Position responsibilities:

Program development and planning: 30%

· Works with faculty to develop new courses, exhibition concepts, or research projects using the McClung collections

· Oversees student research installations

· Seeks out and encourages the use of the museum’s resources by departments and professional schools not traditionally understood as museum clients

· Conducts university-wide research on class offerings before each semester and contacts faculty of relevant classes to encourage use of specific exhibitions and collections

· Coordinate exhibit-related programming, including visits by outside scholars and speakers, that engage students and faculty

· Creates, with the collaboration of colleagues across campus, and implements strategic plans and initiatives of the McClung Museum to fulfill the teaching goals of the university

· Maintains a Faculty Advisory Board for Academic Programs

· Attends and occasionally presents at national conferences

· Recommends acquisitions that fulfill the academic mission of the Museum and its responsibility to the University

· Maintains affiliations with colleagues within university museums nationally

Teaching: 30%

· Oversees 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.

· Teaches or co-teaches courses using the museum’s collections or exhibitions

Administration: 30%

· Manages the daily operation of Academic Programs projects and oversees annual and multiyear plans in accordance with the strategic plans of the Museum and the University

· Develops and maintains Academic Programs budgets

· Participates in development and implementation of institutional plans and initiatives

· Coordinates and facilitates the activities of other museum staff with the work of Academic Programs

· Develops and implements evaluation strategies and statistics on use, impact, and effectiveness of academic programs.

· Seeks sources of funding and works with museum and university collaborators to develop proposals and grants

· Oversees Academic Programs Graduate Assistant

Collection and Exhibition Research (10%)

· Researches and writes on the collection in areas of expertise




· Master’s degree in a field related to the museum’s collections and research

· A demonstrated interest in multiple or interdisciplinary fields of inquiry

· Expertise in object-based teaching and learning

· Three years’ work experience in a museum environment.

· Record of college-level teaching and academic research

· Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills

· Strong leadership, conceptual, and written and oral communication skills

· Demonstrated ability to supervise as well as to work well with others.

· Proven ability to handle a variety of tasks concurrently in a complex environment.

Candidates should apply electronically to the link below and must submit a letter of interest; resume; names, addresses, and emails and phone numbers of three references.

For questions contact:

Jeff Chapman, PhD

Director Email:

Review of applications will begin March 19 and will be ongoing until the position is filled.



  Other Professional 

Primary Location



  Mcclung Museum 



Campus/Institute  Knoxville 

Job Posting

  Feb 12, 2018, 11:29:08 AM

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