Endowed Assistant or Associate Professor in Arts of the Americas
University of Arkansas School of Art
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Type: Full Time
Required Education: PhD
Art History-Contemporary Art
Art History-Latin American/Caribbean Art
Commensurate with education and experience
Internal Number: R0006948
The Art History Program in the School of Art at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track endowed assistant or associate professor in art history, in research areas integral to the arts of the Americas. The position is open in terms of chronological specialization, and we are especially interested in scholars of Indigenous art, Latin American and Latinx modern and contemporary art. Interdisciplinary, intersectional, and transregional approaches centering overlooked or marginalized histories are particularly welcome, such as Afro-Latinx traditions and histories of craft.
Scholars with a passion for collaboration, program-building, and partnership-development are also encouraged to apply. Applications are also encouraged from those invested in making art history accessible and compelling to first-generation students and students from communities underrepresented in U.S. arts institutions. The Art History Program in the School of Art is actively committed to diversifying art historical knowledge and approaches, embracing new methodologies, and educating students in a multivocal and inclusive art history. This effort is reinforced by several new initiatives within the School of Art, including a partnership with the IDEALS Institute, which offers workshops and opportunities for organizational learning; the Bridges Program, which provides structural support to all new faculty, especially those historically underrepresented in academia and their chosen fields; and a new student mentoring program.
This position is considered fundamental to the implementation of a new MA program in the arts of the Americas, developed in partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and its contemporary arts satellite, the Momentary. For this and future hires, we seek creative thinkers who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the intellectual community in the School of Art, Crystal Bridges, and the growing arts ecosystem of Northwest Arkansas. Endowed positions come with a significant annual research budget, the expectation of a research record appropriate to the prominence of the appointment, and the requirement of at least one community outreach effort per year. This is a nine-month faculty appointment, with a standard workload of 40% research, 40% teaching (2 courses per semester), and 20% service. Expected start date is August 15, 2022.
The successful candidates will teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, play an active role in implementing the new MA program in arts of the Americas (expected launch date of Fall 2023), participate in and help to guide future faculty searches, and regularly collaborate with staff at Crystal Bridges and the Momentary. Candidates may also teach in the Honors College and at the university’s Rome Center, and co-design courses with colleagues in Studio and other units. Art history faculty have ties to the Indigenous Studies Program, Latin American and Latino Studies, and African and African American Studies, among other departments and initiatives. Additional resources include the Arkansas Archaeological Survey, the Fine Arts Center Gallery, the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, and the many museums in the region, including the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, OK, the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO.
Duties will include: • Teaching 2 courses per semester in Art History; opportunities may exist to teach in collaboration with other areas in the School of Art • Maintaining a nationally and internationally significant program of research • Assisting in the planning and implementation of new undergraduate and graduate courses and degree offerings • Participating in program-level advising, committee work, and service • Contributing to Art History program and School of Art recruitment efforts • Active participation in the Art History program, the School of Art, and the University community
Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.
PhD at the time of appointment in art history or an allied discipline
An established record of innovative scholarship
A commitment to diversity in teaching and research
Interest or experience in interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and cross-campus collaborations
Active or emerging commitment to service and leadership
Demonstrated commitment to program building and partnership development
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the
Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of
research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better
world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and
skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery
and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600
students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at
an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.
The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as
one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to
numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest
Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality
of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by pict...uresque
rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a
short drive from campus. As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.
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