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How to Apply

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications for this position and resume. Applications will be accepted and evaluated on an ongoing basis beginning May 21st 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

Job Summary

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.


Mission Statement

MDentistry: advancing health through education, service, research and discovery. 

MDentistry Core Values: Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility, Trust, Creativity, and Inclusion.

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:  -Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.  -Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.