The Curator and Head of Academic initiatives is a scholar, an educator, and a relationship builder with expertise in modern and contemporary American Art, ideally with an emphasis on art of the western United States. This position will have a faculty affiliation (contingent upon applicant qualifications) with an academic department and will work with the museum collection and curatorial team for their own research purposes as well as with faculty and students across campus to develop a variety of curriculum resources that enhance student learning outcomes utilizing the collection.
As Curator, this person will use the Museum’s collection to develop and expand their research/scholarship. This may result in exhibitions, books, lectures, and/or teaching or co-teaching courses that provide new learning opportunities and connections to the Museum as a site for formal and informal learning. Research/scholarship outcomes that promote cross-disciplinary learning and dialogue are encouraged.
As Head of Academic Initiatives, this person will be responsible for the development and implementation of meaningful connections with USU students and faculty, as well as community partners, by spearheading engaging academic and informal educational programming and initiatives centered on the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. This includes working with the Museum’s curatorial team to perform outreach to faculty, including but not limited to: educating faculty on teaching strategies that enrich their curriculum and pedagogy, planning exhibitions relevant to university teaching, and leading class discussions or workshops in the Museum for courses in departments across campus. They will work closely with the Museum’s curators, staff, and USU faculty across many disciplines to meet teaching objectives through innovative collections-based curriculum.