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Assistant/Associate Professor of Museum Education and Director, Museum Education Program

The George Washington University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 31, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The George Washington University

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Assistant/Associate Professor of Museum Education

and Director, Museum Education Program

Department of Educational Leadership

(Tenure Track, Academic Year Appointment)


Tenure-accruing, Assistant/Associate Professor of Museum Education and director of the Museum Education Program. As director, the successful candidate will be the chief representative of—and spokesperson for—the Museum Education Program within the Department of Educational Leadership, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and the University as a whole, as well as beyond the University.  This position will begin in Fall 2022.

Position Description Summary:

The Museum Education Program, founded in 1974, was the first graduate program focused on preparing professionals for advancing the museum’s primary mission as an educational institution serving the broadest possible public. Graduates hold leadership positions in art, history, and science museums; botanic gardens, aquariums, and zoos; historic houses, parks, and cultural sites; as well as professional associations, government agencies, and academic institutions. With a thriving national and international network of alumni and strong ties with museums locally and across the country, the Museum Education Program is recognized as a source of professional excellence, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of museums as learning environments that foster a civil society and promote justice.

The project-based curriculum emphasizes transferable competencies and informed decision-making, with classroom instruction closely tied to practice through partnerships with museums and field placements. Students progress as a cohort through four semesters, with seven core courses and two electives, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching after 14 months. While in an academic setting, the Museum Education Program emulates the profession in creating a community of practice infused with the principles of collaboration through which individual students’ learning is multiplied by their classmates’ learning. Outcomes for every project, each course, and the entire degree program are clearly articulated. Students emerge as reflective practitioners, with a commitment to contributing to the field as active change agents.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to

  • Provide far-sighted leadership for the Museum Education Program as a progressive force in advancing justice through museums
  • Contribute to museum education scholarship
  • Take an active role on the national/international level as a pioneering thought-leader
  • Teach graduate courses, organize field placements, advise degree candidates, recruit students, and support alumni relationships
  • Initiate and nurture partnerships with museums and practitioners
  • Manage four endowments and oversee financial matters
  • Participate in Department, School, and University service, in accord with GW’s standards of shared governance.

Basic Qualifications:

All applicants must have:

  • An earned doctorate by date of appointment (August 1, 2022) in an appropriate discipline in the arts, humanities, or sciences
  • Evidence of visionary leadership and activism in fulfilling the museum’s responsibility to advance justice
  • A demonstrated record of contributions to museum education scholarship
  • A demonstrated ability for providing meaningful learning opportunities for reflective museum practitioners and activists
  • A demonstrated record of museum education experience, ranging from frontline to advanced administrative responsibility
  • Evidence of substantial knowledge of museum history and institutional culture, as well as museum ethics, standards, policies, and best practices
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

How to apply. Applications should be submitted online

and must include:

  • Cover letter that indicates how your background and experiences specifically match with each of the seven Basic Qualifications, with particular attention to delineating your vision for the Museum Education Program
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Two samples of scholarly contributions and/or professional activism
  • Complete contact information for at least three references (name, position, relationship, phone number[s], and email)

Rank is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The university does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

Additional Information:For additional information about the application process, please contact Meg Holland, at


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