Colgate University seeks a curator of the Longyear Museum of Anthropology (LMA). The LMA is part of Colgate’s University Museums, along with the Picker Art Gallery (PAG); Colgate also has a range of other university collections, including the Linsley Museum of Geology, that also promotes teaching, learning, and research. The curator will work closely with University Museums staff and will have the opportunity for collaborative engagement with the curator of the PAG.
The LMA curator’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the study, care, use, interpretation, scholarship, publication, and stewardship of the Longyear Museum of Anthropology collection. The successful candidate will join an exciting discussion of long-term planning and transition in Colgate’s third century vision,in anticipation of a future campus-wide arts, creativity, and innovation initiative that seeks to engage students and faculty in object teaching-learning, not only within anthropology, but across various interdisciplinary programs and other disciplinary departments across campus. In joining this initiative, the successful candidate will receive appropriate support to advance combined work as a curator-teacher-scholar.
The LMA plays a significant role in the teaching mission and the reputation of one of the country’s leading liberal arts universities, with a student population of about 3,000 and a faculty of 300. The LMA is located on Colgate University’s beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York. Its collection features more than 20,000 objects. Established in the 1950s within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology by archaeologist John Longyear, the LMA collections have diversified and grown to include archaeological and ethnographic art and artifacts from North America, Pre-Columbian Middle and South America, Africa, Oceania and Asia as well as contemporary art of indigenous peoples. The Americas collections include indigenous artifacts and art objects, from prehistoric stone tools to Peruvian pottery, from Plains Indian beadwork to Mohawk baskets. The African materials constitute the largest and most comprehensive repository of African material culture in Central New York. The holdings include works from indigenous cultures of the Pacific Islands, as well as Asian and Indonesian objects. The LMA curator will play a central role in articulating the ethical and scholarly concerns involved in working with objects that have ties to indigenous and other colonized peoples. Work will involve fostering dialogue and collaborations with the local Oneida Nation and other Native American communities.
Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at www.upstatenyherc.org. Colgate takes great pride in sustaining a collaborative work environment that provides a comprehensive total rewards benefits package.
Support the teaching mission of the university and the LMA, by working closely with the faculty of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Africana and Latin American Studies Program, the Native American Studies Program, Museum Studies and other related academic units, to facilitate access to the collections and the use of objects in teaching.
• Bringing materials into the classroom, as well as facilitating visits by groups of students to exhibits and collections storage spaces. • Facilitate access to the collections by faculty and students doing advanced research utilizing these materials. • Work closely with faculty to develop exhibits that support and enhance the curriculum, linked to specific courses and topics, and which respond to changing priorities in the teaching of anthropology and the decolonizing initiatives of the discipline. • Sustain a curator-teacher-scholar model that involves working closely with student interns, and the possibility of periodically teaching a museum curating course. • Publish collections-based research. • Direct and support the museum’s daily curatorial programs • Maintain contacts with Colgate professors, local communities, scholars, museum professionals, and collecting institutions. • Work with other museum staff members to assure NAGPRA compliance, as well as corresponding respectful collaboration with Native American communities. • Implement best practices for anthropology museums in the areas of curatorship, collection development, exhibitions, and research. • Develop and manage an active exhibition and educational program. • Develop a vision for the collection, evaluate current standards of collection care, assess preventive conservation goals, maintain collection records, and be responsible for proposing acquisitions and deaccessions. • Represent the LMA at professional organizations. Work with Colgate faculty and local constituencies in regard to the Third Century integrated arts initiatives and the place of the LMA within these plans. • Cultivate dialogue with local Native American communities in relation to LMA collections. Develop and implement strategic goals related to collection and exhibition management. Engage Colgate’s students and faculty while working closely with other museum staff. • Work with University Museums’ staff, which may include a curatorial assistant, a collections manager, a NAGPRA assistant, a preparator, and students on work-study and as interns. Also, foster and sustain relationships with collectors, donors, volunteers, and the public. • Establish goals for the program(s) that are clearly stated and communicated, linked to the university’s mission and institutional priorities, responsive to opportunities and challenges, and reflective of conclusions drawn from assessment results and current best practices. Periodically assess the effectiveness of programs, services, and operations toward achieving stated goals. Ensure that the following programmatic responsibilities are guided by the university’s mission, institutional priorities, and stated program goals, and also compliant with university, federal, state, and other relevant policies and regulations: • Planning, allocation, and stewardship of resources [financial, physical, technical and human] • Design and delivery of programs and services • Development and implementation of procedures and policies • Oversight and execution of operations • Decision making • Communication with stakeholders • Risk and crisis management
A cumulative three years of museum and curatorial experience working with anthropological collections in at least one of the Longyear Museum of Anthropology’s collecting areas is required.
Experience must include a proven track record of working on NAGPRA issues and anthropological exhibitions and publications.
The successful candidate should have knowledge of collections management software.
Candidates must have administrative experience, excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, the ability to work effectively in a leadership position within a collaborative environment, proven experience in grant writing, and must be capable of working collegially with diverse faculty, students, and staff.
MA required, preferably in Anthropology, MA in other related fields of expertise will be considered.
Internal Number: FA0409
Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students and faculty in local, national, and global communities.