Proctorships

Proctorships are non-instructional positions and are offered either through an academic department or degree program, or from other research, training, academic or administrative offices around campus. These positions are intended to foster the professional development and/or research interests of graduate students. All proctorship appointments must be approved by the originating department or office, the director of graduate study in the student’s home department, and the Graduate School.

Museum Proctorships are assigned to graduate students by departments on an annual basis. While the selection process is made by individual departments, we recommend that the directors of graduate studies consult with the Museum to identify interested students and coordinate relevant projects. Proctorships can be a one- or two-semester appointment; in general, proctorships lasting two terms have been more productive and more satisfying to students than those lasting for just one term, as they allow more engagement with research questions.

In terms of professional development, Museum Proctorships  provide students with first-hand experience with a broad cross-section of museum operations and activities, including basic skills of working with collections and contributing to ongoing initiatives and programs. They also allow students to undertake specific projects, including exhibitions or publications based on the collections, related to their particular research interests.  

The proctor's duties are largely carried out at the Collections Research Center (CRC) in Bristol, RI. It is essential that proctors have access to a car and have current licenses and insurance. While it is possible to access Bristol via public transportion (RIPTA), the increased travel time make it impractical on a regular basis. The vehicle commute time to and from the Museum (35-40 minutes each way) is considered part of the proctor's time commitment. 

Proctorships represent a 15-20 hour/week commitment to the Museum. A full appointment should not exceed an average of 20 hours per week averaged over the course of the term. Proctors are assigned to the Museum at the start of the academic term and work until the start of the exam period.  Late starts for proctorships may require the proctors to work longer hours each week to complete tasks or to fulfill the full term commitment (15-20 hr/wk x 12-wk = 180-240 hrs). 

Within these guidelines, the Museum strives to be as flexible as possible, allowing proctors to select their hours around their class schedules and professional obligations.