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Full Time Visiting Lecturer in Museum Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Published May 10, 2022

The Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a full-time Visiting Lecturer in Museum Studies for the academic year 2022-23 (September 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023).

This position, which is outside the tenure stream, may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. Salary and benefits are competitive. Candidates must be able to demonstrate college-level teaching experience in museum studies, curatorial practice, service learning, or a closely related field. We seek a colleague whose teaching, mentorship, and service will contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to departmental and university initiatives.

The Visiting Lecturer (VL) will teach two courses per semester at our Pittsburgh campus, at the undergraduate level. In the fall this includes “History and Ethics of Collecting and Cultural Property” and the “Museum Studies Internship” course, which requires collaborating with the department’s Academic Curator and local cultural sector professionals to place undergraduates in internship positions. In the spring, this includes the “Curatorial Development” practicum in collaboration with the Director of the University Art Gallery and another iteration of the “Museum Studies Internship” course for a fresh cohort. In addition, they will provide support for the management and care of the University Art Gallery collection, working with other instructors from HAA and beyond who wish to use the collection for teaching purposes. The VL will also be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students beyond the classroom as appropriate to their educational needs, and to contribute to department strategic initiatives and public-facing projects.

This position is open to scholars with expertise in all subfields of and methodological approaches to museum and curatorial studies, history of art, architecture, and related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with college-level teaching experience, hands-on experience working with collection-based curatorial projects, and a teaching and research profile that would enhance our museum studies offerings across diverse cultures and regions.

Please note: This position is separate from the three-year Lecturer in Museum Studies advertised as a joint appointment with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. For this role, see

Applications should include:

  1. Cover letter of 1-2 pages, addressed to Mina Rajagopalan, Chair. Include a description of your teaching experience.
  2. Current CV, including a list of courses taught.
  3. Teaching Portfolio (12 pages max) which includes a statement of teaching philosophyand/or pedagogical practices, evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as student evaluations and/or model assignments and an abbreviated syllabus which outlines a course description, learning goals, assessment strategies and a sample module.
  1. Diversity Statement of 1-2 pages, in which you share how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
  2. Contact information (full name, title, and email) for three persons able to provide confidential professional letters of recommendation. We do not need the letters themselves at this time, only the contact information.

To apply, visit The requisition number for this position is 22003034.

The review of applications will begin on May 31, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Karoline Swiontek, Administrative Officer, HAA Department (


  • Teach 2 (3-credit courses) in the History of Art and Architecture Department per semester, one of which includes the direction of the Museum Studies Internship program, providing assistance in placement and serving as liaison to internship supervisors.
  • Assist the Director of the University Art Gallery manage and care for its collection, and support access that furthers the teaching mission of the University.
  • Meet with undergraduate and graduate students beyond the classroom as may be appropriate to their educational needs.Minimum Requirements:
  • MA in Museum Studies in hand by August 31, 2022.
  • Some college-level teaching experience in museum studies, the history of art,architecture, or a closely related field.
  • Commitment to the values of equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity.Preferred Requirements:
  • Ph.D. in the history of art, architecture, or a closely related field, in hand by August 31, 2022.
  • Experience as the instructor of record for a college-level course in museum studies or the history of art or architecture.
  • Curatorial experience and/or experience directing service-learning or community engagement programs for undergraduate students.
  • Experience in managing art and /or archival collections, exhibition installation, or other skills related to museum/ art gallery management.The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets

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