Deadline 23/03/2012: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator (3 Positions)

Salary Grade 7: £29,249 – £35,938 p.a. Full time; 3 year Fixed Term

The Ashmolean Museum completed its redevelopment in November 2009. This delivered 39 new permanent galleries together with new temporary exhibition galleries, study and teaching facilities, conservation studios and significantly enhanced visitor facilities, including Oxford’s first roof-top restaurant. Visitor numbers now exceed one million per year and the Museum opened its refurbished Egyptian galleries in December 2011.

The Museum is initiating a new University Engagement Programme, aimed at promoting the use of the museum’s collections for teaching within the University. A partnership project between the museum and the University’s faculties, the programme is funded for three years by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will result in a significant expansion of the role of the museum’s collections in teaching. The initiative will focus both on improving the use of objects in the traditional subjects of history, archaeology, languages and literature and in developing ways for object-based learning to take place in non-traditional subjects such as medicine, law and business. It is intended both to reinforce the practice of teaching with objects and to break new ground in the use of this key University resource.

As part of the programme, three Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Teaching Curatorships will be established and funded for the duration of the project (3 years). The Teaching Curators will come from backgrounds in History, Art History or Archaeology and will be responsible for developing classes, seminars and lectures that will be offered to the faculties. As the Teaching Curators are a team that will be responsible for covering all of the museum’s collections, it is important that their specialty and general knowledge areas are as complementary as possible. Based in the museum and led by the Director of University Engagement, the Teaching Curators will be engaged with investigating and exploring ways that object-based teaching can be incorporated into current teaching. Working closely with curators and faculty members, they will facilitate the dialogue and identify key opportunities for making the museum’s collections available for teaching.

Successful candidates for the Teaching Curator posts will need to have completed their doctorates in History, Art History, Archaeology or related subject. They will have superlative communication skills, be extremely pro-active and motivated by the project mission and be comfortable presenting complex ideas to senior academics. They will need to be creative in how they encourage the use of the collections, and broad-minded and cross-disciplinary in their approach. Most of all, they need to have a strong desire and ability to teach with objects, and an ability to learn quickly the museum’s collections with an eye for selecting objects suitable for teaching.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.

You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting statement as part of your online application.

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