MOA Seeks Academic Director

Wake Forest University’s Department of Anthropology invites applications for a permanent, full-time, faculty position of Academic Director of the Museum of Anthropology, beginning July 1, 2015.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in anthropology with specialization complementing that of existing faculty. Creativity and experience in museum anthropology including exhibit curation, curriculum development, and community outreach is expected. The holder of this position will teach three classes per academic year including an introductory class in museum anthropology, specialized courses related to museum studies, and classes in applicable fields of anthropological expertise.  The candidate will shape and direct the future academic mission of the Museum, including maintaining its collections, engaging students, and developing its exhibits. Experience in seeking external funding for outreach and research is desired.  We are especially interested in the new Academic Director developing dynamic programming making optimal use of our own ethnographic and archaeological collections.

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate, and professional education. Founded in 1834, the University is ranked among the top thirty national universities, and 11th for undergraduate teaching among national universities. With 4,800 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate and professional students, the student-faculty ratio is 11:1. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities and an active athletics community.  The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate.”  For quick facts about the University, go to http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html.

The Museum of Anthropology is North Carolina’s only museum dedicated to the study of global cultures. Through intimate exhibits, diverse programming, and a collection of nearly 30,000 artifacts, the Museum serves as an anthropological resource for both the University and the community at large. The Museum’s complete permanent collection is publicly accessible via online database.

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – part of the beautiful Piedmont Triad metropolitan region which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the top 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated. Known as the state’s “City of the Arts,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theatre and film festivals. The city is also ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national surveys.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and
retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2015.  Applicants are to submit in a single pdf document 1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and interests, 2) a curriculum vitae detailing the applicant’s qualifications in anthropology, museum studies, and management and 3) a statement of teaching philosophy that addresses integrating the role of museum anthropology in an undergraduate curriculum.  Applications are to be sent via on-line application at https://wakejobs.silkroad.com.  Cover letters and position questions may be addressed to Steve Folmar, Associate Chair of Anthropology.

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