JOB: Tenure-Track Art History Position @ Grinnell College


GRINNELL COLLEGE.  Tenure-track position in the Department of Art: 18th-19th-Century European Art History, starting Fall 2013.  Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) or Associate Professor possible.  Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college.  Art history and studio art form a combined program emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches.  Important teaching resources include the college’s art collection, its gallery, and a print and drawing study room.  Applicant’s area should be 18th-19th century European, with strong secondary emphasis on non-European, non-western, or colonial/postcolonial art.  The College’s curriculum is founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of a major.  The teaching schedule of five courses over two semesters in the first year will include three courses in the candidate’s area(s) of specialization and two sections of the thematic and cross-cultural introduction to art history.  In subsequent years there will be the expectation of teaching (in rotation with other art history faculty) the exhibition seminar and the senior seminar.  Every few years one course will be a Tutorial (a writing/critical thinking course for first-year students, oriented toward a special topic of the instructor’s choice).

In letters of application, candidates should discuss their interest in developing as a teacher and scholar in an undergraduate, liberal arts college that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction.  They also should discuss what they can contribute to efforts to cultivate a wide diversity of people and perspectives, a core value of Grinnell College.  To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by December 1, 2012.

Please submit applications online by visiting our application website at  Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), sample of scholarly writing, and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Jenny Anger, at [] or 641-269-4262.

Grinnell College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, religion, creed, disability or veteran status. For further information about Grinnell College, see our website at


Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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