Part-time Instructor for Museums and Technology – University of San Francisco

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Job Title: Adjunct Instructor – Museums and Technology Practicum, M.A. Program in Museum Studies, University of San Francisco, Spring 2020

Job Summary: The Museum Studies M.A. Program at the University of San Francisco (USF) invites applications for a part-time faculty position for the spring semester 2020. The successful candidate will be expected to teach one 4 unit class, MUSE 608: Museums and Technology Practicum. The class is scheduled to meet in a digital laboratory setting on the USF campus on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 pm between January 23 and May 7, 2020.

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Class Description: In this graduate-level Museum Studies course, students will experience how media and technology are used to solve challenges and innovate methodologies in the museum field. The course combines an examination of a variety of technology practices used in museums today and a “hands-on” practicum assignment of planning and designing a museum technology project of their choice. Projects could address current uses and effects of digitization, the Internet, wireless technologies, new media in exhibition design, environmental design, etc., in the museum setting. Field visits to San Francisco Bay Area museums are recommended to expose students to current, real-world innovative technology projects.

The pay is approximately $7900 for teaching the course. Part-time instructors have access to library resources, gym facilities, are eligible for commuter benefits, and other resources.  The course also receives a modest budget that can be used for guest speakers and site visits.

USF is a medium-sized liberal arts university with a strong social justice mission.  Our small class sizes cap at 15 to allow for discussion and engagement in the classroom.  Learn more here:

Minimum Qualifications: We are looking for an active professional with a track record of innovative technology projects in museums over the last 5 or more years, who is connected to the Bay Area museum community. Additional requirements include:

  • MA/MFA/PhD degree in a related field recommended
  • A strong record of teaching at the university level, graduate-level preferred
  • Ability to teach both theory and practice in a digital laboratory setting
  • Experience teaching a diverse student body
  • Ability and experience in teaching a student body with limited skills in technology and/or museum technology projects
  • Experience working on a wide variety of museum technology projects
  • Understanding of and commitment to support the mission of the University of San Francisco
  • Ability to work within institutional and current budgeting structures of the University of San Francisco, in concert with the Academic Director of the Museum Studies M.A. Program

Applicants should submit one PDF file to that includes a cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching ability (e.g., sample syllabi, teaching evaluations), and the names of three references who will be contacted by USF (we are not requesting letters at this time). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Deadline: October 25, 2019.



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