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Academic Curator

Washburn University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 27, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Deans
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Title

Academic Curator

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Position Summary

The Academic Curator is a one year NEH grant-funded position that will work closely with museum staff to utilize the permanent collection to develop and implement sustainable academic programs which expand upon and initiate thoughtful and cutting-edge interpretive programs that create a foundation for interdisciplinary discourse with social justice and other culturally relevant themes that are represented by the Mulvane Art Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and programs. The Academic Curator must possess an openness for experimentation and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, accessibility, inclusion, collaboration, and working with interdisciplinary artists and academic units.

Essential Job Functions of Position

Create and implement partnerships in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibitions and programs for and with Washburn University’s academic community, the city of Topeka, the Greater Kansas City Region, and the state of Kansas.

Create partnerships to develop sustainable programs with academic units within the College of Arts and Sciences to develop exhibitions, curriculum, and multi-media presentations that utilize the Museum’s permanent collection and galleries as a resource while strengthening existing ones. Engage students and faculty within those programs in developing and implementing interpretive material and creating new exhibitions that can be experienced in the galleries, online, and through print.

Create and implement Diversity in the Arts programming that integrates music, theater, and the visual arts. Lead planning efforts between music, theater, and art to engage students in the planning and selecting visiting artists in diverse media.

Collaborate with the University’s Diversity and Inclusion program to develop and integrate the Museum’s collections and exhibitions into diversity programs that serve the campus and community embedded in social justice practices.

Develop and implement projects designed with artists and community, including residencies and artist commissions that activate the Museums collections and gallery spaces.

Research and develop partnerships that integrate the Museum’s collection with artists working across performing and visual arts.

Conceive, develop, co-create, supervise, and/or facilitate community-led and community-generated exhibitions, performances, artist residencies and commissions, public programs, and scholarly projects of relevance locally and globally.

Mentor students and museum interns from diverse disciplines.

Assist with identifying and developing funding requests to support sustaining diversity in arts programming.

Perform additional job-related duties as assigned or as appropriate.

Non-Essential Job Functions of Position

Education and Experience

A master’s degree in Art.
Two years of relevant arts or museum experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of and experience with developing digital curatorial and educational projects.
Demonstrated effective communication skills.

Licenses, Certifications & Registrations

Additional Requirements (e.g. Physical Demands)

Campus Security Authority


Special Instructions to Applicant

This is a 12 month grant funded position.

Submit a portfolio with sample of writing and academic curatorial project.

Advertised Pay

Lower $50,000's

Work Schedule

Regular Business Hours


For an overview of the excellent benefits package Washburn provides please visit
Washburn benefits.
  • After completing 1 year of service in a benefits-eligible position, the University will contribute an amount equal to 10% of base pay into an employee’s defined contribution plan with TIAA .
  • After one year of continuous employment, eligible employees may officially enroll in University courses for credit or audit without having to pay applicable tuition and fees. Law School Courses excluded.

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EEO Statement

Washburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching-focused academic environment and a curriculum that engages the diversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidates committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Application materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Washburn University is an EOE . Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Masters Degree in Art?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a minimum of two years experience as a academic or education curator in an arts or museum setting?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have knowledge of and experience with developing digital curatorial and educational projects?
    • Yes
    • No
Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Portfolio
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae

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