Assistant Research Professor – Curator of Collections

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Assistant Research Professor – Curator of Collections
Arizona State University

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University ( invites applications for a position as Curator of Collections (at the academic rank of Assistant Research Professor). We seek applicants with applied experience and theoretical knowledge of current collections-management approaches, museum experience, as well as experience teaching courses in museum studies or other relevant anthropological/archaeological topics. Anticipated start date is June 1, 2018. This appointment will be renewable on an annual basis and will not be eligible for tenure consideration.

As curator for SHESC’s anthropology collections (, the successful candidate works with archaeological, bioarchaeological, and ethnographic materials located at the Alameda Repository and other ASU facilities. The position manages the curation and use of collections in exhibits and other educational and outreach programs for the School and cooperates with various centers within the School, such as the Center for Archaeology and Society, the Center for Bioarchaeological Research, the Center for Global Health, and the Teotihuacan Research Facility. These duties involve applying contemporary collections practices for large and diverse collections, consultation on interdisciplinary research projects involving collections, advancing the School’s engagement with the local community, teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, and supervising staff.

The SHESC anthropology collections preserve materials in accordance with applicable governmental policies and procedures, and current professional standards of curation, data collection, management, and access. The data and artifacts are accessible for research, publication, exhibition, education, and other related purposes, and are available to students and researchers by appointment.

Minimum qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or a related field by time of appointment.
• Previous experience in managing museum or institutional collections, using collections practices informed by contemporary approaches to collections management.
• Teaching experience at undergraduate and/or graduate levels.

Desired qualifications:
• Experience as a director of collections or collections curator, including administration and grant leadership, within an academic, cultural resource management, museum, or institutional collections-management setting.
• Demonstrated experience in coordinating with multiple stakeholders on diverse projects and tasks, with knowledge of planning, budgeting, and implementation of projects.
• Experience with NAGPRA and consultative research.
• A strong potential for success in serving the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities.

Application deadline is March 16, 2018. Applicants must apply online at and include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. References should be prepared to submit a letter, if requested, by March 23, 2018. Please make sure your last name appears in each uploaded file name. Please address your cover letter to Professor Richard Toon, Search Committee Chair. A background check is required for employment.

Information about the School can be found at SHESC is a global leader in transdisciplinary social science providing many opportunities for the successful applicant to engage with a world-renowned, collaborative research and teaching environment. For example, the School collaborates extensively with ASU’s Institute of Human Origins ( and the Center for Evolution and Medicine ( Opportunities for the curator to conduct collaborative research are abundant.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at: