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Adjunct Faculty: MA in Museum Studies

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 16, 2023

Position Overview 
Adjunct Faculty, MA in Museum Studies  
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences 
Advanced Academic Programs 
Johns Hopkins University

Institution Description
Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) is a division of the Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. As part of the nation’s first research university, AAP offers high-quality master’s degrees and certificate programs at its Washington, D.C., Center, at JHU’s Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, and online. AAP enrolls almost 6,000 students each academic year in over 45 programs and distinguishes itself through its intensive instructional assistance, selective admissions, and 60 dedicated full-time faculty. Tenured Krieger School faculty members serve as program chairs to oversee the academic rigor of AAP’s graduate offerings. AAP’s website, , provides additional information.

Position description
The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division seeks non-tenure track adjunct faculty to teach courses within the MA in Museum Studies program. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience engaging students from diverse backgrounds. We are looking for faculty who can teach one or more of the following courses:

460.601 – Exploring Museum Professions
Managing a 21st-century museum relies upon the coordinated efforts of a wide range of specially skilled staff from directors, curators, and educators to collection managers, conservators, and exhibition designers to event planners, press officers, fundraisers, and administrators to media, IT, membership, security, and facilities management teams. These professionals working behind-the-scenes or out front with the public define the quality of the institution and each visitor's experience. Through readings and interviews with leaders in the field, this course examines the core functions of a museum and explores how the roles and responsibilities of museum professionals assure an organization's daily operation, growth and sustainability. Current issues facing museums, including diversity in the workforce, financial challenges, and the effects of technology will also be addressed. In addition, students will engage in activities to help strategize their own museum career. Note: This course may be taken as an elective, if you have taken 460.602 to meet the requirement.

460.618 – Museum Controversies: Ethical Issues in Museums
Museum directors, curators, and other staffers have faced an array of political and ethical dilemmas in an increasingly contentious environment. This course explores the historical, political, and cultural backgrounds to controversies surrounding exhibitions such as the Smithsonian’s display of the Enola Gay, the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s “Sensation,” the British Museum’s Elgin Marbles, and the showing of illegally acquired antiquities at various art museums. Nationalism, religious beliefs, obscenity, and “edutainment” are among the issues discussed.

460.683 – Project Management in Museums
Project management is the oversight and process of planning, organizing, and coordinating multiple tasks, resources, and stakeholders. In museum settings, it often requires a choreographed juggle of scheduling, budget tracking, content and education considerations, facility and operations issues, and human resources, along with an ability to be flexible and calmly tackle unexpected challenges. This course will present theoretical and practical concepts for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and completing projects in a museum. Using real-world scenarios and different types of projects, the course will provide students with tools and strategies necessary for project scheduling, task supervision, and stakeholder management. Project management is a learned skill, useful not only to those who will ultimately oversee a project but to everyone who may eventually be part of a project team.


Minimum Qualifications
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field, with a master’s degree at minimum.
  • At least five years of professional work experience within the museum field.
Preferred Qualifications
  • A terminal degree in Museum Management or in a relevant field
  • 1-3 years of graduate level experience teaching experience
  • Online teaching experience
  • The background to teach a wide variety of courses in a Museum Studies program.
  • Strong interest in advising graduate students interested in a Museum Studies career.
Application Instructions

The position will remain open until filled. For best consideration, please apply by April 1, 2023. Candidates must submit the following:
  • Cover letter should indicate the course or courses you’re interested in teaching, plus your experience with online learning management systems (i.e., Canvas)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching evaluations for two most recently taught courses
  • Transcript for the highest degree earned
The selected candidate will undergo a background check and provide three references.

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