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The graduate program in Museum Studies showcases the best of an UMSL education: productive civic partnerships, academic excellence, and strong support for students.   We offer an MA in History with a Concentration in Museum Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. 

These degrees prepare students for professional careers in museums, historic sites and societies, cultural agencies, and related organizations.  We address pressing needs of museums and heritage institutions in the 21st century: collaboration and community engagement, digital media and new technologies, and diversity and cross-cultural training. We teach the sociocultural, historical, and intellectual foundations of museums; the theory and practice of public history and cultural heritage; professional practicums for multiple museum career paths; qualitative, quantitative and community based research methods; digital media; non-profit resource development; the comparative and cross-cultural study of material culture; and the disciplinary methods, professional protocols, and modes of analysis in History. 

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The University of Missouri-St. Louis seeks nominations and applications for the Des Lee Foundation Endowed Professorship in Museum and Community History Studies, a collaborative program of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Missouri Historical Society.  The professorship is part of the Des Lee Collaborative Vision, a community of thirty-five endowed professors across disciplines who collectively are dedicated to linking the knowledge and resources of universities with community partners through collaboration to build educational, cultural, and research opportunities for all members of the St. Louis community and around the world.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is a leader in these educational partnerships with key St. Louis institutions including the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Symphony, St. Louis Science Center, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Missouri Botanical Garden and others.  The Museum Studies program partners with these and many other cultural institutions throughout the metropolitan region.  The sharing of resources and knowledge provides innovative learning opportunities for the region and around the world. 

The successful candidate will be hired at the rank of associate or full professor and will sustain and coordinate the program in Museum Studies, currently consisting of an interdisciplinary M.A. degree housed in the History Department and a graduate certificate.  The Museum Studies program will involve active collaboration with the Missouri History Museum and other institutions in the St. Louis region, using museums as instruments for community reflection.  Teaching is an important component of this professorship.   The expected instructional load will be consistent with the University of Missouri System and University of Missouri—St. Louis policies, as well as the position’s endowment agreement.  This may include supervising assistantships, practica, and exit projects, engaging in research, and performing University and community service. The professor will participate in the Des Lee Collaborative Vision and connect with other endowed professors to extend and amplify UMSL’s impact within the greater St. Louis region and beyond.   A Ph.D., significant publications and/or exhibits, a strong teaching record, appropriate museum or public outreach experience, a record of program development, excellent communication and motivational skills, and ability to synthesize disciplinary perspectives are required. 

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) is an urban institution located in St. Louis, one of the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The St. Louis region is exceptionally rich in museums and cultural amenities, and is one of only two cities in the country which has established an area-wide taxing district to support its major cultural institutions, giving them the financial stability for continued growth and improvement. The University of Missouri-St. Louis has partnerships with the five institutions in this district, sharing resources and staff and creating special opportunities for students.  For further information about St. Louis, please see:

UMSL is one of four institutions in the University of Missouri land-grant system and is classified as RU-H (high research activity) and as a Community Engaged Campus by Carnegie rankings. Both the campus and the College of Arts and Science are committed to an inclusive campus community that values and respects all its members and achieves educational excellence through diversity. We encourage applications from individuals from diverse and minority backgrounds, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.  For further information about UMSL, please see:

Applicants must apply online at (click on “Explore Faculty Careers,” “Prospective Faculty,” then register a new account, and look for job posting 28816.)  Please submit a cover letter outlining qualifications and interests, CV, and names and contact information for at least three referees in a single .pdf or Word file. Applications received through other sources will not be considered.  Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Anticipated start date is August 2019.  Inquiries and nominations for the position can be sent to Andrew Hurley <>.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.


UMSL’s Museum Studies program, listed No. 25 nationwide, is also among the most affordable

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