Job Announcement: Asst Prof of Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures, History of Art and Visual Culture Department, UC Santa Cruz

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History of Art and Visual Culture: Assistant Professor, Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures (Initial Review 11/15/22)


Position overview

Position title: History of Art and Visual Culture Assistant Professor, Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)


Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2024 for employment beyond that date.


Application Window

Open date: August 18, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Position Description

The History of Art and Visual Culture Department (HAVC, at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures. The position centers on the Asia-Pacific region, defined as the western Pacific Ocean, including Southeast Asia (inclusive of Taiwan and Hong Kong), Oceania (Australia and the Pacific Islands), the Philippines, South Asia, and/or East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea). The HAVC Department seeks a scholar whose historical and/or historically-informed research focuses on visual and/or material cultures of this region. We are interested in a colleague whose research and teaching pursue decolonial approaches to art and visual culture practices and consider these in relation to colonial cultures of racialization that entail incarceration, enslavement, genocide, or forced migration, as well as the suppression of social identities (such as those related to gender, sexuality, genealogy, and class). We also welcome applications from scholars who address the socio-environmental aspects of colonial modernity in the Asia-Pacific region from critical and regionally-specific perspectives. This position addresses these issues by advancing local perspectives and voices in a range of historical contexts. The successful candidate will teach and advise graduate students in the Visual Studies Ph.D. program and major and non-major undergraduate students in the HAVC B.A. program. We also value a colleague who contributes to transforming the culture of higher education institutions through their publicly-engaged research that is deeply embedded in and attentive to the communities that they serve.

The HAVC faculty affirms its commitment to recognizing, addressing, and combatting all forms of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, and ability. The department collectively seeks to empower students, colleagues, and our campus community toward the goal of creating an inclusive, respectful, and equitable environment. We recognize that the above types of discrimination and resulting oppression are not limited to the U.S. These are global challenges that impact a broad range of constituencies. Therefore, as a department, we share an ethical obligation to create an environment that addresses the unique forms of bias that affect our diverse community. Please see HAVC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:

We have a strong undergraduate major; an undergraduate concentration in Curation, Heritage, and Museums; and a dynamic Visual Studies Ph.D. program. HAVC faculty support the investigation of art and visual culture from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives in the cultures of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific Islands. The HAVC Department is in the Division of the Arts, which also includes departments of Art; Film and Digital Media; Music; Performance, Play & Design; and the M.F.A. Program in Digital Arts & New Media. There are opportunities for scholarly and teaching connections in these areas, as well as with colleagues and programs across the campus. The campus operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year. In accordance with the department’s workload policy, faculty members are required to offer the equivalent of 5 five-unit courses per year (which normally means teaching 4 courses over three quarters and carrying out other academic and service responsibilities); effectively advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; actively engage in research; and undertake administrative service for the department, affiliated college, campus, and university. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable.

Our first round of review will be based solely on (1) the letter of application and (2) the statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed and underrepresented groups in higher education careers and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. This recruitment is supported by the UC Office of the President’s Advancing Faculty Diversity program and includes enhanced funding for faculty projects that contribute to diversity and to creating an inclusive climate.



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