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Fowler Staff Positions

Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director

The Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director (Director) will have overall operational responsibility for the Fowler Museum, staff, and activities in pursuit of its mission. The Director will serve as the chief spokesperson, representing the museum and fostering connections within the university and across the greater Los Angeles community while also maintaining an active presence in the museum and cultural community regionally and nationally. This individual will have responsibility for the museum’s exhibition, collection, scholarship, and programs. They will lead, mentor, and develop a collaborative team—consisting of the Deputy Director, Chief Curator, Director of Exhibitions, Director of Education and Interpretation, Director of Development, and Director of Communications and Engagement—while encouraging cross-departmental communication. The Director will provide leadership and strategic direction in support of the museum’s internal and external activities guided by a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The Director will report to the Dean of the School of the Arts and Architecture.

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Manager K-12 and Family Engagement

The Fowler Museum at UCLA seeks a dynamic individual to serve as the Manager K-12 and Family Engagement. Under the supervision of the Director of Education and Interpretation, Manager of K-12 and Family Engagement oversees education initiatives of the Museum including the planning, implementation, scheduling, budgeting, and delivery of offerings for K-12 teachers and students, youth and family audiences, and university faculty and students. The Manager of K-12 and Family Engagement develops, presents and evaluates training programs, resources, and learning opportunities for teachers and students that deepen their understanding of the Museum’s collections, especially as they expand upon existing curricula, arts and humanities coursework, and state and national learning frameworks. While maintaining and growing the Fowler’s K-12 gallery visit and K-12 museum-school partnership programs, Manager of K-12 and Family Engagement also develops and sustains ongoing relationships and strategic partnerships with university faculty for whom Museum initiatives and collections could be a valuable teaching resource. A broad array of programs and services for families and youth are developed and implemented by Manager of K-12 and Family Engagement, including art and music making sessions, summer camps, festivals, and interpretive gallery resources. The training and supervision of a small group of student educators who also serve as gallery teachers is a key responsibility of this position Manager of K-12 and Family Engagement works closely with curatorial, education, and communications staff to expand the museum’s mandate for arts and humanities education.

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Curator of Native American Cultures  

Under the general direction of the Museum’s Director this position is split as Curator of Native American Cultures and being UCLA’s Repatriation Coordinator. As curator, the position manages and organizes the Fowler Museum’s Native American collections and associated documentation. As Repatriation Coordinator, the position is responsible for the implementation of NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA and related repatriation activities at UCLA. Develops exhibitions related to Native American cultures. Seeks grant funds to support repatriation and collaborative community projects. Supervises the Archeological Collections Manager (who supervises a repatriation team including two leads, student employees, and interns) an archivist, and others needed to meet compliance requirements.

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Volunteering at the Fowler

The Fowler often has volunteer opportunities for people ages 18 and older who seek greater involvement at the Museum. From assisting with research and conservation to staffing membership tables at events, volunteers play an important role in maintaining the Museum’s tradition of excellence.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteering Request Form.

Opportunities for Students

Fowler Student Council

The aim of the Fowler Student Council (FSC) is to increase the participation of students who have been historically underrepresented at the museum. With the support of Fowler staff, council members serve as advocates for a diversity of stakeholders across UCLA campus to inform museum programming and exhibitions. The FSC will consist of UCLA undergraduates and graduates from a range of academic disciplines and campus organizations.

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The Fowler offers paid work-study positions for UCLA students. To review open work-study positions:

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Scholarships and Awards

The Arnold Rubin Award and the Ralph C. Altman Award are for Ph.D. students planning a career in a field related to non-Western art. Applicants should be a graduate student working in the areas of African, Pacific, Asian, or Native North and South American arts and material culture, or popular culture phenomena emphasizing the unconventional arts of living peoples, regardless of geographic area.

The recipient of the Rubin award will receive $3,000 and the recipient of the Altman award will receive $4,000. Applicants will be considered automatically for both awards. Any Ph.D. student registered at UCLA (or receiving a Ph.D. degree from UCLA) in the fields described above is eligible; students from a wide range of departments are encouraged to apply.

Recipients are expected to present their findings at a roundtable session with the staff of the Fowler Museum and to credit the awards in any resulting publication, a copy of which should be provided to the Museum.

The Sarah Elizabeth Gilfillan Award was established in 2007 by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Sarah Gilfillan. She was associate director of development for the Fowler Museum and did curatorial work on several important Latin American projects. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Ms. Gilfillan had extensive experience researching and working in art museums and galleries in Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Her goal had been to enter a Ph.D. program in Latin American art history.

This award provides a travel stipend of $3000 to assist with field research or study abroad. Only Ph.D. students in the field of Latin American arts may apply.

Established in 2017 to honor the legacy of Dr. Charles E. Rozaire, the Rozaire Research Award focuses on his life’s work conducting archaeological fieldwork and researching museum collections across California, the US Southwest, and Mexico. The award supports costs associated with undergraduate or graduate student research analyzing existing material cultural collections and/or archives with priority given to students using Fowler Museum collections and / or following indigenous research protocols (see Section 3 of  for an example of the latter).

The recipient of the Rozaire Research Award will receive $2,500.

Submission instructions and application forms for the 2022 Awards can be found here:

Altman, Rubin, Gilfillan Awards
Rozaire Award

Application forms are also available by emailing our Executive Assistant, Sophia Livsey at

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