Proposed Faculty Rank: Research Assistant Librarian (Career-Line Faculty)

Working Title: Collections Research Curator

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

New Position to Begin: July 1, 2018


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The J. Willard Marriott Library (Marriott Library) and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) seek a Collections Research Curator to participate in a $750,000, four-year Andrew W. Mellon-funded grant project to develop a partnership between the two institutions.  This career-line faculty position will work closely with the simultaneously-hired Art and Archives Metadata Librarian in building a substantive and collaborative working relationship to foster and enhance each organization’s teaching, learning, and research missions.


With extensive collections of art works, archival documents, antiquarian and modern published materials, and digital media related to land art, landscape, and the American West, the UMFA and the Marriott Library house important scholarly resources for the study of the West, from indigenous histories to Land art of the 1960s and ‘70s to current land rights issues.


The Collections Research Curator will work to enhance simultaneous discovery of UMFA and Marriott Library collections through newly-integrated museum and library collection databases, increasing access to interdisciplinary materials about the western landscape, and, more broadly, the American experience.  This faculty member will study relevant objects at the UMFA, research complementary materials at the Marriott Library, build comprehensive curatorial files, explore conceptual connections between the collections, and assist student and faculty learning and teaching through access to objects and materials. The Curator will participate in a newly-established faculty seed grant program, facilitate collections-based interdisciplinary research and engagement projects, and coordinate with the Mellon Initiative Steering Committee to set and implement priorities. This position will require traditional museum curatorial and research skills as well as an ability to work collaboratively across library and archival collections to identify, research, and organize materials for the benefit of students, faculty, and scholars.


Embedded at the UMFA, the position will report to the the Marriott Library’s Assistant Director for Special Collections and the UMFA’s Senior Curator. Participation on the Steering Committee will allow the Curator to develop deep collaboration between the Marriott Library and the UMFA and to facilitate the integration of both collections into campus curricula, exhibitions, and programs. The Collections Research Curator will work closely with the jointly-appointed Art and Archives Metadata Librarian and the UMFA’s Curator of European, American, and Regional Art on these activities to disseminate new knowledge and support scholarship, teaching, and learning.


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Compensation: $53,000 annually, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution, medical and dental coverage, and paid sick and vacation time.


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