Curator of History – The University of Alabama Museums

Curator of History, The University of Alabama Museums

The Department of Museum Research and Collections of the University of Alabama Museums is seeking a highly-motivated researcher in the area of history and ethnology to serve as Curator. 

Position Information: The history collections at the Alabama Museum of Natural History date back to the mid 1800s and include over 50,000 objects. The collection is made up of a variety of objects displayed in the Gorgas House (, Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum ( and the Paul W. Bryant Museum ( in addition to items from WWII, the South Pacific and beyond.

This position is a 9-month non-tenured faculty position at the rank of assistant professor or associate professor depending on qualifications and will oversee all ethnographic and historical items in the ALMNH collections. We are looking for someone with strong curatorial skills and a passion for research in one or more areas that would involve this ethnographic and historical collections. The ALMNH is also interested in connecting research in these areas with our visitors and the local community.

The Curator of History is responsible for managing the ethnographic and historical collections including, in conjunction with the Director, Research and Collections, developing plans for maintenance and expansion. Writing proposals to fund the collection and create synergies with faculty and other researchers promoting deposition of objects in the ALMNH collections. Creating and maintaining an active research program focused on these collections. Managing a budget for history and ethnology collection activities and administering grants and proposals for these collections. Oversees the recruitment and coordination of ALMNH assistants and volunteers working in the history and ethnology collections. Teaches one course per regular semester in history, museum studies, or a related field. Assists with development of policies and processes conforming to best practice standards for the long-term preservation and conservation of objects within the collections.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in History, Communication, Museum Studies or related field.

Instructions and Required Materials for Application:
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The University of Alabama Museums is a museum system in the College of Arts & Sciences that includes the Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville Archaeological Park, Paul W. Bryant Museum, Gorgas House Museum, Westervelt-Warner Transportation Museum, Discovering Alabama public television series, Office of Archaeological Research, and Department of Museum Research and Collections.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

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