The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) is seeking an innovative and committed individual to join our inclusive and collegial community, serving as the Director of the EMS Museum and Art Gallery. Located on the ground floor of the Deike Building on the University Park campus, the recently renovated EMS Museum and Art Gallery is perfectly positioned to be a vibrant and impactful center of learning, community, and outreach, telling the story of the EMS disciplines to a broad audience.
The EMS Museum and Art Gallery possesses a world-class collection of mineral and rock specimens, original artwork of historic significance (including the noteworthy Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art), and significant collections of fossils, ceramics, glass, and artifacts of science and industry. The responsibilities for this position will include: • Overseeing the collections • Developing relevant and engaging exhibits that capture the imagination and bring to life the expertise and research innovations of the College’s five departments and three institutes • Implementing and supporting college events in the Museum and Art Gallery space • Providing a fully accessible and inclusive experience for all constituencies • Writing and managing successful grant proposals to develop and care for the collections, exhibits, and technical projects • Partnering with faculty to develop broader impacts/broadening participation activities and materials • Partnering with the Office of Development to coordinate revenue-generating activities to foster growth • Supervising staff and volunteers • Maintaining up-to-date web content • Participating in the teaching and research mission of the College including student engagement • Creating K-12 educational materials and programs • Fostering community outreach. The directorship is a full-time, non-tenure-line academic position, funded for 3 years from the date of hire, with an excellent possibility of renewal. Non-tenure line academic rank will be commensurate with the final candidate’s background and experience.
The Director must have significant experience in museum administration and a Master’s degree or higher in museum science or a related field; experience in a university setting is highly preferred. A non-tenure-line faculty appointment in one of the College’s academic departments (Geosciences, Geography, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Mineral Engineering) may be possible. This position reports to the John Leone Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
To apply, please upload the following materials with your application: • A cover letter and concise vision statement for the EMS Museum and Gallery • A curriculum vitae • The names and contact information of at least three references. The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, belonging, and engagement, which creates an inclusive environment in their workplace.
We will continue to receive and review applications until the position is filled. For additional information on the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences go to https://www.ems.psu.edu/.
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