Continuing Track Assistant Professor, Art Conservation

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University of Delaware
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Tuesday, 14 December, 2021 - 00:00

The Art Conservation Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware invites applications for a full-time, permanent, teaching and service-focused continuing track (non-tenured) faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will join a group of dedicated Art Conservation faculty members to provide excellent undergraduate education, student recruitment, and mentorship, address issues of diversity and inclusion, develop student research opportunities, and facilitate interdepartmental and community engagement.

The position is focused primarily on undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring. Instructional coursework will be centered on the fundamentals of the examination, documentation, treatment and preventive care of cultural heritage. Our undergraduate curriculum is designed to balance the theoretical with the practical, ensuring that our students have the skills and abilities to excel. (Please visit our website at for more information about our curriculum.)

The position will also include leading important service-related initiatives including:

1. Broadening the visibility and reach of the Department using both traditional and social media.
2. Building robust community and national partnerships.
3. Facilitating our internal and external work in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
4. Strengthening undergraduate recruitment and retention in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and the Career Center.
5. Leading undergraduate research and service-learning opportunities.
6. Developing new internship, special sessions, and experiential study opportunities, including study abroad and spring break study.

The successful candidate will be expected to enhance the Department’s undergraduate course offerings through effective teaching and course development. The successful candidate will clearly connect the realities of conservation practice across multiple conservation specialties, and supervise internships in the candidate’s specialty (e.g. objects, paintings, paper, library and archival materials, photographs, , textiles, furniture, and preventive conservation, etc.). The successful candidate will have the abilities and knowledge to strengthen students’ critical-thinking skills, encourage collaboration and ethical decision-making, and inspire innovation. The successful candidate will have the management and leadership skills necessary to serve during their tenure as the Director of the Undergraduate Program at the University of Delaware.

Requirements: The candidate should have at least five years of experience in conservation-restoration and a demonstrated and sustained commitment to the conservation of cultural heritage, as well as an established interest in building professional collaborations across disciplines and geographical boundaries. A terminal degree in the applicant’s area of study is required; teaching experience is preferred. Strong communication and project management skills are also preferred.

The Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware is committed to developing a diverse workforce and is interested in candidates who can teach and mentor a diverse student population. Additional information on the department may be obtained from our website (see above).

The main campus of the University offers a traditional small-town college atmosphere in a location that affords easy access to major cultural and entertainment centers in nearby metropolitan areas. The University of Delaware main campus is located midway between New York City and Washington, D.C. (each is about a two-hour drive from campus). It’s also halfway between Philadelphia, PA, and Baltimore, MD (each are about a one-hour drive from campus). The campus is close to the Northeast Amtrak line, minutes from the I-95 corridor, and midway between two major international airports (PHL and BWI). The campus is located near a number of museums including Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Hagley Museum and Library, The Biggs Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum, the Delaware Museum of Natural History, and The Brandywine River Museum of Art.

The Art Conservation Department is within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the University of Delaware. CAS 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 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 has been awarded 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.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Additional information on compensation/salaries can be found at The University's overall benefit plan has long been recognized and valued for its comprehensiveness. See: UD benefits package

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

TO APPLY: Applicants should visit and read “Applicant Instructions” under the “Resources for Applicants” tab before submitting their applications. Applicants are asked to create and upload a single document that includes a cover letter detailing their experience in the conservation of cultural heritage and teaching experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and expressions of interest will be held in confidence, and references will be contacted only with the candidate's permission. The start-date for the position is August 16, 2022.

Inquiries should be emailed to search committee chair, Brian Baade, BBAADE@UDEL.EDU

Job no: 497180
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Art Conservation, Full Time
Department: Art Conservation