FEATURED JOB: Assistant Professor of Art History (Modern and Contemporary Art), University of Richmond

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Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Contemporary History

The University of Richmond Department of Art & Art History invites applications for a tenure-track position in the History of Modern and Contemporary Art at the assistant professor level beginning in August 2020. Applicants working in any area within this broad field are welcome. The position is not limited by geographical focus. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary scholars whose research and teaching prioritize diverse perspectives and histories and who demonstrate an understanding of the experience of those under-represented in higher education. Applicants should aim to promote inclusivity and dialogue both within the classroom and the larger communities of the University and the city of Richmond. The University is conducting initiatives in both the Arts and Humanities, developing a long-term vision for the School of Arts & Sciences and implementing a strategic plan that focuses on inclusivity and academic excellence. We are interested in individuals, trained as art historians, who want to engage this crucial moment in the visual arts and who see their work as participating in a public conversation about the role of the arts at the University and in contemporary society. The teaching load is five units per year.

The Department of Art and Art History is home to the Art History and Visual and Media Arts Practice (VMAP) programs and, in collaboration with University Museums, an Arts Management program. The Art History curriculum requires its majors to take a Theory and Methodologies course and write a senior thesis over two semesters. The instruction of these capstone courses is shared by the full faculty of the art history program. Any potential candidate should welcome the opportunity to act as the instructor of record every third or fourth year, guiding the students in substantial independent research. Although this position is in the art history program, the ideal candidate will also engage the VMAP curriculum, faculty and students and demonstrate interdisciplinary interest in other curricular developments at the University, such as the Humanities Initiative. We seek scholars who demonstrate scholarly promise and embody the diversity of the United States, as well as the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected status.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With nearly 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students “to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.”

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the Department of Art and Art History, please see https://art.richmond.edu/.

Applicants should click "Apply Now" at the top of the page and submit the following materials: a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and teaching statement. The teaching statement should articulate the candidate’s teaching philosophy, interests, and future professional development goals as well as involvement in and commitment to inclusive pedagogy. Please include the names of three references who will receive an email asking them to submit their reference letters to the University's Human Resources department at URHR@richmond.edu. One of these references must be able to speak to the candidate’s record of excellence in teaching. Questions about the search as well as any documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be addressed to Elena Calvillo, search committee chair and Art History coordinator (ecalvill@richmond.edu). Review of applications will commence October 18, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.


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