Director of Museum
University of California Santa Barbara
United States

Director of AD&A Museum, Associate/Full Professor/LSOE/Sr. LSOE

Job #JPF01811
  • College of Letters & Science - Humanities and Fine Arts - History of Art and Architecture

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 24th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Jan 4, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of California Santa Barbara, invites applications for a position as Director of the Art, Design and Architecture Museum at UCSB, with a concurrent appointment as a tenured Associate or Full Professor, or Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE),or Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (Sr. LSOE), with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021.

We seek a colleague who will take primary responsibility for leadership, strategic planning and fiscal management, supervising a staff of 10 employees (in addition to various student and part-time casual employees). The Director has primary artistic and intellectual responsibility for the development of exhibitions, publications and programs, and provides leadership for collections development. S/he/they fosters collaboration with UCSB’s academic departments and programs, oversees the Museum’s academic outreach efforts and represents the AD&AM locally, regionally and nationally.

As Museum Director, the position requires an energetic professional with experience and vision to oversee a dynamic program of exhibitions and related activities in the contexts of ambitious undergraduate and graduate academic programs and the Santa Barbara arts and architecture community. Candidates are required to have a minimum of five (5) years of professional museum experience by the time of appointment. Excellent communication and organizational skills, success in public speaking, grant writing, donor cultivation and a strong artistic and academic vision are highly desirable, as well as the ability to collaborate closely with faculty and motivate staff, students, and community members. A strong record of curating exhibitions and/or administrative service in museums is expected.

The Director will hold, with appropriate qualifications, a position as a tenured Associate or Full Professor or Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE) or Sr. LSOE within the Department of History of Art and Architecture, with a reduced teaching load of 2 courses (Professor track) or 4 courses (LSOE track) per year. The position is open to any research specialization within the field of art and/or architectural history, including museum studies.

As a faculty member of the Department of History of Art and Architecture, candidates with a Ph.D. in art history, architectural history or a closely related discipline by the time of application are preferred. The ability to teach courses in the applicant’s area of specialization ranging from introductory survey courses to advanced graduate seminars is required. The ability to contribute to the department’s Museum Studies program is essential. Complementarity to existing faculty research and teaching strengths is highly desirable.

The Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE)series requires an MA in art history, architectural history or a closely related discipline by the time of application. This is a permanent full-time faculty position with responsibilities including professional service; teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels; mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students; participation in university service; and/or scholarly and creative activities. “Security of Employment” is analogous to tenure. Faculty in this title are members of the Academic Senate, with benefits and privileges that parallel the professorial track, including eligibility for faculty housing programs, medical insurance, and retirement benefits. Appointees in the LSOE series are regularly evaluated for merit salary increases, based upon the responsibilities mentioned above.

UC Santa Barbara encourages interdisciplinary studies and there will be opportunities for engaging with collections, departments and programs across campus, including the University Library and its Special Collections, the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the College of Creative Studies, the Departments of Art, Anthropology, Black Studies, Chicana/o Studies, English, Global Studies, History, Latin American and Iberian Studies, and Religious Studies, among many others.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. Applicants are required to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity. These statements will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

TO APPLY: Please create an account and complete the online application ( The online application will require: (1) a cover letter, (2) a statement of museum experience and vision, (3) a statement of research, (4) a statement of teaching interests, (5) a statement of contributions to diversity, (6) a curriculum vitae with full contact information, (7) two publications or other writing samples, and (8) three to five letters of references. Please send queries about the position to:
For primary consideration, submit all application materials by 1/4/ 2020. The position is open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Statement of Museum Experience and Vision
  • Publication or Writing Sample
  • Publication or Writing Sample
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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