Curator of Methodist-Wesleyan Collections and Head of the Center for World Methodism -- Southern Methodist University

Post date: March 7, 2022

Curator of Methodist-Wesleyan Collections and Head of the Center for World Methodism

Bridwell Library (Perkins School of Theology and SMU Libraries) is seeking applicants for the position of Curator of Methodist-Wesleyan Collections and Head of the Center for World Methodism. The occupant of the position will provide research and programming leadership in Methodist-Wesleyan Studies among a thoughtful, engaged, and diverse community of academic researchers, church congregations, and public visitors. The position will serve the university and greater research community by engaging the heritage, legacy, and future of global Methodism, especially in relation to Bridwell’s acquisition of the World Methodist Museum. Through thoughtful conservation, community relationship-building, studied exhibition curation, and reflective outreach and promotion, the position will provide leadership and direction on the cultural historical preservation of Bridwell’s holdings and how that supports Methodist Studies at SMU with a priority on re-establishing the World Methodist Museum Collections at Bridwell in the next few years. The successful candidate will represent and evaluate Methodist and Wesleyan historical studies in broad, considerate, and inclusive terms, recognizing its long and varied histories. Furthermore, the person in this position will also lead and plan initiatives in coordination with colleagues to facilitate Bridwell’s standing as a leading library for Methodist collections and studies.

Essential Functions:

Curator of Methodist-Wesleyan Collections: the primary duties of the curator will be to oversee, manage, and strategically evaluate, exhibit, and promote the Methodist and Wesleyan materials held in Bridwell. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing tours and events, presenting to visitors and classes, fielding reference requests, evaluating and conducting cataloguing and archival processing needs, and participating in student management; additionally, the Curator will strategically manage and consult with the Bridwell Director on the redevelopment of the World Methodist Museum collections; and work in coordination with other Bridwell staff, especially the rare books and manuscripts curator, conservator, digital projects librarian, and exhibitions designer;

Head of Center for World Methodism: this position will incorporate the roles of Curator into a thoughtful and engaged place for cultivating discussion, studies, and broad research on Methodist and Wesleyan studies on a global scale; it also seeks to develop programs that elevate diversity, inclusion, and evaluation of what a future global church looks like;

Education and Experience:


  • Advanced Degree in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies; Church History; Early Modern/Modern History of Christianity; Religious Studies; History; or equivalent;

  • Record of academic, scholarly, library, or museum related experience with a demonstrable knowledge of special collections, archives, and exhibitions;


  • 5+ years of progressively accomplished experience in an academic library, museum, university, professional association, faith community, or cultural institution;

  • Demonstrated experience in curating and leading exhibitions in a theological context, museum, academic library, or equivalent;

  • Demonstrated understanding of museum-quality curation, including development protocols, best practices and standards;

  • MLS or equivalent advanced degree in archives management, curatorial studies, or cultural heritage;

  • Distinguished publishing career in the relevant fields of Methodist-Wesleyan, church historical, or related areas;

  • Demonstrated experience in curating, cataloguing, and/or arranging archival and special collections materials;

  • Successful history of staff or student management;

  • Demonstrated teaching experience in church history or theology, especially related to Methodism;

  • Distinguished cumulative record for appointment to Librarian III-IV in university library system;

Priority date is March 11, 2022. For more information and application instructions, visit