Candidates for history museum director to make campus visits

May 30, 2023 - 8:58am

The University of Oregon will bring three candidates to campus June 9, 12 and 13 in its national search for the next Museum of Natural and Cultural History executive director.

Faculty members and staff will be invited to meet with each of the finalists during their respective campus visits, which will include a public talk, conducted in hybrid mode.

Details about the candidates will be released in advance of each visit on the Office of the Provost website, along with an online survey where community members can share their thoughts and observations.

“The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is a campus gem, enhancing our knowledge of the Earth’s environments and cultures,” said Janet Woodruff-Borden, interim provost and executive vice president. “It’s imperative we hire a leader who will continue to build upon the museum’s role as a center of interdisciplinary research and education.”

The search committee includes a range of stakeholders and is co-chaired by Edward Davis, associate professor of earth sciences and Condon fossil collection manager, and co-chair John Weber, executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The committee partnered with Museum Search & Reference to ensure a broad search yielding a diverse pool of well-qualified candidates.

The current executive director, Jon Erlandson, a professor emeritus of anthropology, is retiring after an 18-year directorship.