Curator - Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry (6/20/2021)

Compensation: $85,000 - $105,000

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry invites applications for the position of Curator of the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry. The Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, housed within the School of Dentistry, is one of a handful of museums throughout the world devoted to preserving and exhibiting the history of dentistry. The Museum exhibits and preserves a historical museum collection containing over 25,000 objects focused on the history of dentistry with particular interest on dental practice and technology in the United States and Michigan dating from the 18th century to today. The Museum is dedicated to educating our audiences about the history of dentistry through museum exhibition, related programs, research, and preservation of the collection.

The Curator leads and manages all of the functional aspects of a small history museum, including exhibitions; programs and communications involving the museum; collection stewardship and acquisition; research and presentations; as well as supervision of museum staff, facilities, security and environmental conditions affecting the collection, museum communications, purchasing and budget planning and monitoring. The Curator prepares strategic documents and forms, including operational policies and guidelines for the museum, coordinating with University of Michigan guidelines. The Curator hires and supervises temporary and regular museum staff. The Curator represents and communicates the museum’s interests to the broader university community and to the public.

Required qualifications include a master’s degree in history, public history, anthropology, American Studies, information studies, or a field related to museum careers. A minimum of 5-10 years’ experience handling and preserving a variety of historical objects and paper artifacts. A thorough knowledge of accepted preservation and conservation practices. Experience mentoring, advising, and consulting in the museum field. Experience in exhibit planning and installation, and mounting artifacts. Experience in historical research. The desired candidate will have public speaking experience and prior grant or proposal writing experience; demonstrated supervisory experience; excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; and be skilled with MS Windows and MS Office environment, online searching, digital imaging, and web-based video meetings.

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications for this position and resume to the following website: (Curator, Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry; UM Posting ID#198355). Applications will be accepted and evaluated on an ongoing basis beginning May 24th until the position is filled. The University of Michigan School of Dentistry recognizes and values contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion ( We encourage applicants to comment in their cover letter how their experience and leadership have contributed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or their potential to make contributions in this area. Questions should be directed to Erica Hanss, Chair of Search Committee for the Curator of the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, at

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.

Posted on 5/28/2021

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