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Tenure-Track Open Rank Professor in Cultural Heritage Conservation, Department of Art Conservation

University of Delaware
Delaware, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 7, 2023

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University of Delaware

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Job No: 499590
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Art Conservation, Full Time



The Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Full, Associate, or Assistant Professor rank in the area of Cultural Heritage Conservation to start August 1, 2023. This person will serve as the Associate Director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC, the department’s MSc program) for a five-year term, applying leadership and advocacy experience to guide faculty and student success in teaching and learning. The Department of Art Conservation is committed to promoting excellence in conservation education, and to this end the successful candidate will help us continue to evolve our approaches as we work with local, national, and international partners. This person will advance their own scholarship within this dynamic, forward-thinking, climate. Applicants who champion values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in student education and training in conservation and allied fields are encouraged to apply. We welcome creative individuals who are eager to help continue to build an effective team working in a collaborative research and educational environment.


We seek an exceptional candidate with strong leadership and advocacy skills. This person will strengthen existing collaborative opportunities in conservation and preservation and develop new ones across the campus, the greater conservation field, and diverse communities. The candidate will have experience in curriculum development and teaching within or outside academia; a record of research, professional presentations, and scholarly publications; and experience with fundraising and grant writing. The successful candidate will have a vision for the future of the conservation field and conservation education and will be committed to innovation and community-centered conservation practice. Individuals with experience in cultural heritage preservation and a terminal degree in a related field, such as conservation, library science, historic preservation, or archaeology, are encouraged to apply. All specialties will be considered. PhD preferred.

The faculty member’s primary roles will include (1) teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses; (2) scholarship and research; (3) serving as the WUDPAC Associate Director for a five-year term (4) advising and mentoring students, primarily at the master’s level during their term as Associate Director; and (5) service within the department, University, and profession, including the development of community engagement activities and initiatives.

THE DEPARTMENT OF ART CONSERVATION AT UD: The Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware is within the College Arts and Sciences. It offers a BA, MSc through the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC), and a Ph.D. through the Preservation Studies Program (PSP). The internationally known WUDPAC program is operated in partnership with Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Department faculty are encouraged to engage with numerous interdisciplinary programs of study and research centers at UD, such as the Disaster Research Center, the Delaware Environmental Institute, the Center for Material Culture Studies, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, Museum Studies and Public Engagement, the Climate Change Hub, Horn Entrepreneurship, the Center for History of Architecture and Design, and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through foundational 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 has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and 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 $38 million and growing, 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.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload (1) a cover letter (max. two pages) that explains the candidate’s teaching and leadership philosophies and positions these approaches within the field of conservation, its current state, and future needs, (2) a research plan (max. one page), (3) a full academic curriculum vitae, and (4) contact information for three references, at least one of whom should be a conservation professional. The start date for this position is August 1, 2023. We welcome applications from cultural heritage conservation and preservation professionals from a variety of professional backgrounds. For additional information and queries, please contact search committee chair Dr. Joelle Wickens:

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications, see UD HR Salary Structures, and the Faculty Handbook. 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

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The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.


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