George Washington University - Washington, DC
Closes - Open until filled.
Position Title – Assistant/Associate Professor of Museum Education
Salary - Based on Experience.
Job Type - Full-Time
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Tenure-accruing, Assistant/Associate Professor of Museum Education and director of the Museum Education Program. As director, the successful candidate will be the chief representative of—and spokesperson for—the Museum Education Program within the Department of Educational Leadership, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and the University as a whole, as well as beyond the University. This position will begin in Fall 2022.
The Museum Education Program, founded in 1974, was the first graduate program focused on preparing professionals for advancing the museum’s primary mission as an educational institution serving the broadest possible public. Graduates hold leadership positions in art, history, and science museums; botanic gardens, aquariums, and zoos; historic houses, parks, and cultural sites; as well as professional associations, government agencies, and academic institutions. With a thriving national and international network of alumni and strong ties with museums locally and across the country, the Museum Education Program is recognized as a source of professional excellence, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of museums as learning environments that foster a civil society and promote justice.
The project-based curriculum emphasizes transferable competencies and informed decision-making, with classroom instruction closely tied to practice through partnerships with museums and field placements. Students progress as a cohort through four semesters, with seven core courses and two electives, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching after 14 months. While in an academic setting, the Museum Education Program emulates the profession in creating a community of practice infused with the principles of collaboration through which individual students’ learning is multiplied by their classmates’ learning. Outcomes for every project, each course, and the entire degree program are clearly articulated. Students emerge as reflective practitioners, with a commitment to contributing to the field as active change agents.
The successful candidate will be expected to
· Provide far-sighted leadership for the Museum Education Program as a progressive force in advancing justice through museums
· Contribute to museum education scholarship
· Take an active role on the national/international level as a pioneering thought-leader
· Teach graduate courses, organize field placements, advise degree candidates, recruit students, and support alumni relationships
· Initiate and nurture partnerships with museums and practitioners
· Manage four endowments and oversee financial matters
· Participate in Department, School, and University service, in accord with GW’s standards of shared governance.
All applicants must have:
1) An earned doctorate by date of appointment (August 1, 2022) in an appropriate discipline in the arts, humanities, or sciences
2) Evidence of visionary leadership and activism in fulfilling the museum’s responsibility to advance justice
3) A demonstrated record of contributions to museum education scholarship
4) A demonstrated ability for providing meaningful learning opportunities for reflective museum practitioners and activists
5) A demonstrated record of museum education experience, ranging from frontline to advanced administrative responsibility
6) Evidence of substantial knowledge of museum history and institutional culture, as well as museum ethics, standards, policies, and best practices
7) Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion