Public Scholar of Museums and Learning

Company Name: 

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis


425 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140

Contact Name: 

Elizabeth Kryder-Reid




Job Description: 

The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts – Indianapolis is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Public Scholar of Museums and Learning, a faculty appointment of the Museum Studies Program with expertise in fields such as museum education, interpretive planning, evaluation and assessment, and exhibit development. The faculty position is a tenure-track position, rank open, Ph.D., Ed.D., or MFA required. If experience and rank are appropriate, the candidate may also be considered for the Museum Studies Director appointment which is made on a three-year renewable term.



The Public Scholars of Civic Engagement Initiative is a bold vision for faculty in an urban university dedicated to producing scholarship with and for public audiences and community partners. The collaborative and innovative nature of these positions requires candidates to be experts in their disciplines and able to work collaboratively.  Candidates must be skilled in the application of their scholarship, and able to involve, teach, mentor, and inspire students in public scholarship and civic engagement. They must have sensitivity and leadership skills to understand and work across organizational cultures and boundaries, and to build bridges among institutions and diverse communities.


Responsibilities of the Public Scholar of Museums and Learning

This is a ten-month, tenure track position. The faculty person is a member of the Museum Studies Program and with a possible joint appointment in a department depending on the candidate’s area of expertise (ex. history, anthropology, etc.). Tenure is through the School of Liberal Arts.


The primary responsibilities of the faculty member are to:

  • Continue existing relationships and build new sustainable partnerships with area museums, and involve undergraduate and graduate students in meaningful ways in advancing the public scholarship of museums and learning through those relationships
  • Further the public scholarship of museums and learning on campus, in Indianapolis, and nationally through the creation, dissemination of research projects with and for community partners.
  • Contribute to the Museum Studies curricula by developing and teaching courses related to the faculty member’s expertise in such fields as museum education, interpretive planning, evaluation and assessment, and exhibit development.
  • Contribute to the mission and the advancement of the Museum Studies program by developing undergraduate and graduate programs, supporting faculty development, pursuing external funding, and representing the program in school, campus, community, and museum professional contexts.


If appropriate, the responsibilities may also include administration of the Museum Studies Program:

  • Direct the Museum Studies Program, including program administration and curriculum; student and faculty development; strategic leadership to continue the program’s growth and innovative practices of civically engaged teaching and research.


Qualifications of the Public Scholar of Museums and Learning

Candidates must have, at a minimum, the academic qualifications and achievements consistent with an appointment as a tenure-track (assistant professor) or a record of achievement and activity consistent with tenure (associate or professor) in the School of Liberal Arts.  Candidates should hold a Ph.D., Ed.D, or MFA in their field of study and have teaching experience either in formal or informal settings. Experience working in museums or other cultural and heritage organizations is highly desirable, as is administrative experience relevant to the duties of Museum Studies Director. Successful candidates should have a professional practice focus to their teaching and scholarship in the area of museum education and/or interpretive planning, and may have a background in one or more of the following: visitor studies or audience research, exhibit development and design, object-based learning, museum theatre, or related fields.


Starting Date

The anticipated starting date for the position is August 1, 2019


Information to Candidates

The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration applications should be received by January 1st, 2019.  Application materials must include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three references who can speak to the candidate’s qualifications, including applied and academic scholarship. Further evidence of excellence in teaching, research, and service may be requested. All nominations and applications shall be confidential.


Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their letter of application, curriculum vitae and three references, and other supporting materials at: Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to:


Dr. Elizabeth Kryder-Reid

Interim Museum Studies Director

Indiana University Purdue-University Indianapolis

Cavanaugh Hall 433

425 University Blvd.

Indianapolis, Indiana 46202



Salary and benefits are competitive. IUPUI, a diverse, urban campus, is an EEO/AA employer, M/F/D and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. The Indiana University System provides benefits to domestic partners.