Director,Museum of Anthropology Architecture

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
28 Jul 2016
End of advertisement period
09 Sep 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, based in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, has long been an international leader in research and student training. Since its founding in 1922, the Museum has been dedicated to research, teaching, and the curation of anthropological collections from around the globe. Today, the Museum's collections include more than three million archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, comparative specimens, and associated documentation derived from more than a century of scientific research conducted across the globe. The University of Michigan is in the midst of a $28 million renovation project to construct ~71,000 square feet of new state-of-the-art collections space to house the Museums of Anthropology, Paleontology, and Zoology. The Museum's curators, research staff, and associated graduate and undergraduate students conduct archaeological research in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The Museum's mission integrates leading-edge research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination with collection care and curation.


• Provide inspirational leadership and fresh vision for the Museum.
• Undertake a strategic plan to consider the place of the Museum in the activities of the University community at large, and to capitalize on other existing institutional strengths to advance the study of anthropology, archaeology, and the evolution of human culture across the University.
• Recruit outstanding faculty in collaboration with other units who, through their innovative research programs, will help realize the Museum's research, pedagogic and outreach mission.
• Lead the teaching mission; inspire and be accessible to students; maintain broad coverage of the field in all archaeology classes.
• Promote pioneering strategies for teaching and public engagement with the collections.
• Be a productive scholar who draws on the Museum's collections for research and publication; active fieldwork plans involving University students would be welcome.
• Oversee the Museum's publication program.
• Ensure compliance with all University policy and procedures.
• Oversee and champion the Museum's responsibilities in relation to NAGPRA legislation
• Maintain a sound budget and manage other resources effectively, wisely and transparently.
• Maintain fiscal integrity, consistent with the rules and intent of the College and University.
• Work with the LSA Development Office to build a robust philanthropic/fundraising program.

Required Qualifications*

• A PhD or equivalent doctoral degree, preferably in Anthropology.
• An internationally recognized scholarly and pedagogic record that justifies appointment as a tenured professor in the Department of Anthropology.
• A background in museum or collections research, and a strong commitment to the power of museums in education and public outreach.
• A strong track record of obtaining funding for and responsibly managing museum activities and/or archaeological field projects.
• Established scholarly interest in some portion of the museum's collections or in innovative methodologies and technologies for collections research.
• A commitment to fostering and building robust museum-based teaching.
• Experience and a record of success in working with staff.
• A strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and to equal employment and educational opportunity.

Additional Information



The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.