Advanced Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, Tenure Track, for Art Conservation
The Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware invites applications for the position of (Advanced) Assistant or Associate Professor, tenure track, who can specialize in teaching the application of fundamental theories in chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, engineering, statistics, physics, environmental science, etc. to the examination, documentation, treatment, and preventive care of cultural heritage. (Please visit our website at https://www.artcons.udel.edu/ for more information about our curriculum.)
At least eight years of experience in conservation and/or conservation science is desired. A Ph.D. in the conservation of material culture, materials science, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, materials engineering or a closely allied discipline, with a demonstrated and sustained commitment to the conservation of cultural heritage, is preferred. Candidates with a terminal degree from a recognized conservation graduate program, or the equivalent, and a demonstrated record of scholarship in applied conservation research, will also be considered.
The candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, curriculum development, independent and collaborative research, and service. We are looking for a candidate who has a proven record of high quality research and scholarship in professional publications including peer-reviewed journals, scholarly books, and invited chapters, as well as the presentation of papers, workshops, or seminars at professional meetings. There are rich interdisciplinary opportunities at UD; we are particularly interested in candidates with an established interest in building professional collaborations across disciplines and geographical boundaries.
In addition to pursuing an ambitious research agenda, the appointee will be expected to enhance the department’s undergraduate and graduate course offerings at the intersection between conservation practice and scientific principles. Through effective teaching, the successful candidate should be able to clearly connect the realities of conservation practice across multiple conservation specialties (objects, paintings, paper, photographic materials, textiles, wood, and preventive conservation, etc.) to fundamental theories in the sciences. The candidate should be able to strengthen students’ critical thinking skills, encourage collaboration and ethical decision-making, and inspire innovation.
Teaching at the graduate level will include assisting with first- and second-year M.S. Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) applied conservation and science coursework and organizing practical workshops and seminars. Duties may also include assisting with coursework and participating in dissertation committees for the Preservation Studies (PSP) Doctoral Program and some mentoring, advising, and teaching at the undergraduate level.
The successful candidate will be prepared to contribute to the department’s record of leadership in research and scholarship, teaching, professional engagement, and service. The candidate will aid in the department’s commitment to developing and supporting curricular, student, and faculty diversity and will assist with fundraising, grant writing, and new public relations programming.
The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 23 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves more than 6,000 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through fundamental course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College includes departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and it features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations, and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $35 million, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.
The University of Delaware is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html
TO APPLY: Applicants are asked to upload a cover letter detailing their research plans and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.
Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and expressions of interest will be held in confidence, and references will be contacted only with the candidate's permission. The start-date for the position is August 16, 2020.
Inquiries should be emailed to search committee chair, Joyce Hill Stoner, Ph.D., JHSTONER@UDEL.EDU