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Arts and Cultural Management and Museum Studies Program Director - Michigan State University

Position Start Date: August 16, 2019

Arts & Cultural Management: Tenure System Faculty (Program Director)

Institution: College of Arts & Letters, Michigan State University

Application Deadline: Open until filled. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019

Arts and Cultural Management and Museum Studies Program Director: (Tenure System) posting #549922

The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) at Michigan State University invites applications for the position of Program Director of Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies, tenure system (academic year appointment). The Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies Program includes two undergraduate minors and a two-year M.A. program. These programs are multidisciplinary degrees administered by the College of Arts & Letters that prepare students for positions related to the management and advocacy of arts and cultural organizations or industry dimensions of an artistic and humanistic entrepreneurial career. Students choose between concentrations in Management and Museum Studies. The Director will shape the curriculum of the Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies Program, significantly grow its online and hybrid course and program offerings, and deepen its ties to local, regional, and national arts communities. They will be the lead liaison between the Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies Program and other units on campus, including the MSU and CAL entrepreneurial initiatives, the Broad Art Museum, the Eli Broad College of Business, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, the MSU Museum, etc.

This appointment is expected to begin Fall 2019.

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate must hold a terminal degree in arts management, museum studies, or related discipline as well as a minimum of 5 years experience in an executive leadership position within the arts management industry. The successful candidate must have a firm understanding of the nonprofit sector, and an ability to aggressively develop local and regional relationships with arts and cultural organizations while building the foundation for our outreach and internship programs. Proven university-level teaching excellence is required while a critical understanding of arts and cultural policy and advocacy models, development, grant writing, and financial management is preferred. The Director will be responsible for teaching, recruitment, assessment, and curriculum & program development.

The successful candidate should be team-oriented and committed to advancing the Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies Program both within and outside of the college. Evidence of ability to work at and across the boundaries of disciplines is expected. The ideal candidate will possess an enthusiastic willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues in the college as well as across the university. Other expectations include an active research agenda appropriate for a tenured appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Department of Theatre, or related discipline, as well as substantial contributions to outreach and engagement. The ideal candidate will also bring to MSU a program of current and future scholarship that can be expected to attract graduate students of the highest caliber.

A major U.S. public university with global reach, Michigan State University enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. MSU is a member of the Association of American Universities and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. Michigan State University is home to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, a premier venue for modern and contemporary art, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Michigan’s premiere Performing Arts Center for Broadway, Jazz, Classical, Dance and more, and the MSU Museum, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. 

The College of Arts & Letters promotes an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members in order to achieve true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site http://careers.msu.edu/ Posting #549922. Qualified applicants should submit:
a cover letter 

current curriculum vitae 

a statement of teaching / research philosophy that highlights your alignment with some of our desired qualifications 

a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or faculty, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence and 

the names and email addresses of 4 potential referees. 

For more information, contact Kirk Domer, Chair of the Search Committee, domer@msu.edu or 517-355-6690. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.