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Bradley Assistant Curator
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Yale University | New Haven, CT
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Reporting to the Nolen Curator of Education and Academic Affairs, the Bradley Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs is responsible for promoting, managing, and implementing the Yale University Art Gallery's university-level outreach and teaching programs, and collaborates with Education and Programs department colleagues on a wide range of public programs, adult learning opportunities, and co-curricular activities that build upon faculty relationships and course collaborations. The Bradley Curator serves as the primary contact for Yale faculty and their engagement with objects, develops new and broadens existing collaborative relationships with the History of Art, School of Art, and other academic departments and programs on campus, as well as with other colleges and universities, especially those in the New Haven area.

This position recommends objects to be studied and interprets the collection to assist scholars, faculty, and students with research; regularly teaches object study sessions in area of expertise and more broadly where appropriate for cross-disciplinary collaboration; conducts all preparatory research necessary to ensure best practices in museum teaching; and occasionally oversees Yale graduate and undergraduate research. S/he conceives and executes programs to encourage faculty and teaching fellows to incorporate object-focused teaching into their syllabi, including seminars, workshops, curriculum-development grants, and study days, and contributes to the intellectual content, teaching methodology, and overall vision for the teaching that emerges from these programs. S/he plans and executes several large annual events for the academic community, including open houses, receptions, and student orientations for Yale's professional schools.

This position conceives, develops, manages, and evaluates logistics for more than 800 annual course visits from Yale and other academic partners to permanent collection galleries, special exhibitions, and six total object study classrooms in the Nolen Center for Art and Education and the Gallery's new, off-site Margaret and Angus Wurtele Study Center. This includes facilitating requests from faculty to teach with objects from storage, working closely with collections curators, museum assistants, and an Education Department Administrative Assistant who provides scheduling, database, and logistical support, and by using the Gallery's collection database system (The Museum System, known as TMS) with expertise and in support of collection research, managing object packages, monitoring class sessions, and overseeing a staff of graduate and undergraduate students. Under the direction of the Nolen Curator of Education and Academic Affairs and working closely with colleagues from all relevant museum departments and collaborators beyond the Gallery, s/he also helps develop and implement new approaches to outreach and exhibition planning and may manage and oversee installations related to Yale courses and other educational endeavors.

S/he has a comprehensive knowledge of art history or a related discipline, conducts research and publishes in field of specialization, museum pedagogy, and/or cross-disciplinary approaches to the collection, and participates fully in the intellectual life of the University, including serving on Yale University-wide committees devoted to topics related to faculty teaching and student research on original works of art and other primary source materials. Occasional night and weekend hours required. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

The Bradley Assistant Curator for Academic Affairs will join the museum at a moment of renewed commitment to the Gallery's educational mission and will contribute to developing pedagogical and philosophical approaches to teaching from original works of art and the expansion and improvement of the Gallery's engagement with the academic community.