University of Florida, School of Art + Art History
Assistant Professor in African Art History
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Florida, United States|
|Position:||Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Faculty|
Assistant Professor in African Art History
University of Florida
College of the Arts
School of Art + Art History
The School of Art + Art History seeks an Assistant Professor in African Art History for a tenure-accruing faculty position with an expected start date of August 16, 2019. The faculty member will pursue an active program of research; teach a 2-2 load of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including advanced courses in the field of specialty and (as needed) an introductory survey and/or general education courses; supervise MA and PhD students; and contribute service to the university, the community, and the profession.
The faculty member will be an affiliate of the University of Florida’s Center for African Studies (CAS) who participates in CAS activities and fosters connections between the School of Art + Art History and CAS. UF is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the premier institutions for the study of Africa through its Center for African Studies. Art History faculty have been important contributors to the Center’s mission through research, undergraduate teaching, the training of graduate students, frequent sponsorship of lectures and seminars by visiting scholars, membership in the editorial consortium for the journal African Arts, and collaboration on national and international exhibitions produced in conjunction with UF’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. African art is one of the collecting focuses of the museum with a curator dedicated to the field who is an affiliate of CAS.
The Center for African Studies is a Title VI National Resource Center that promotes excellence in teaching and research on Africa in all the disciplines at UF. More than 100 affiliate faculty teach courses in languages, the humanities, the social sciences, agriculture, business, engineering, education, arts, environmental studies and conservation, journalism, and law. CAS disseminates knowledge about Africa to the wider community, develops links with individuals and institutions on the African continent, awards Foreign Languages and Area Studies grants in six African languages, sponsors national and international lectures and an annual African Studies conference, and offers residencies for scholars from African institutions. The George A. Smathers Libraries support this work through a dedicated Africanist librarian and special collections.
The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty.
SCHOOL OF ART + ART HISTORY: The mission of the School of Art and Art History (SA+AH) is to nurture a culture of critical inquiry in scholarly and creative pursuits. The faculty within the SA+AH seeks to empower each individual student with knowledge, skills, and insight to respond thoughtfully to our changing world. The SA+AH is driven by the knowledge that visual and scholarly research is vital to the work of the larger university and that this research enhances the lives of its regional, national, and international communities. The school has more than 370 undergraduate and 120 graduate students studying art history, art education, museum studies, visual and design communication, and studio art (art + technology, ceramics, creative photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture). Degrees awarded include the BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD. Through the Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History (HESCAH) endowment and the Visiting Artist lecture series, the SA+AH sponsors a robust program of public talks, symposia, and class visits by leading scholars and artists. Also a part of the School of Art + Art History is the University Galleries—University Gallery, Gary R. Libby Gallery, Grinter Gallery. Together with student-run 4Most Gallery, they offer a diverse program of critically engaged exhibitions of professional and student artwork. The Workshop for Art Research and Practice (WARP)—the school’s studio art foundations program— is housed in a dedicated 6000 sq. ft. WARPhaus near a fabrication lab and design studio at Infinity Hall, a living community for entrepreneurial-minded students. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The art education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). For more information, visit www.arts.ufl.edu/art.
COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The College of the Arts fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence, and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,500 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 120 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine and the Digital Worlds Institute. In addition, the college comprises the Center for Arts and Public Policy, the Center for World Arts, the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.
- PhD in Art History or a related field, or ABD nearing completion of the PhD
- Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Promise of excellence in research
- Ability to teach courses on contemporary and historical African art
- PhD in hand
- Research specialization or methodology that complements other strengths of the art history and African studies programs
- Promising record of publications
- Teaching experience as the instructor of record at the university level
- Successful experience with innovative, cross-disciplinary, or digital curricula
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin December 28, 2018 and continue until an applicant pool is established. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by December 28, 2018. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.
Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system at https://facultyjobs.hr.ufl.edu/. Online applications must include the following: (1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample in PDF format; and (4) names and contact information of three references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of reference.
The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392- 2477or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.
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|Primary Category:||Art / Art History
|Secondary Categories:||African History / Studies