JOB: Asst. Prof., Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora @ Oberlin College

The Art Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning Fall semester of the 2014-15 academic year, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.

The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load (currently 4.5 courses) in the general area of the Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora, with broad geographic and temporal coverage. Teaching expectations include an introductory Approaches course and upper level courses covering African Art and the Diaspora. We welcome applicants working in any subfield. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching and a demonstrated record of scholarly excellence. Successful teaching at the undergraduate level is desirable. He or she will also be expected to participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including: academic advising, service to the department and college-wide committees, and sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position. A strong connection to the Africana Studies Department is encouraged.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2014-15). Preliminary interviews will take place at the College Art Association conference in February 2014.

For information on the Oberlin Art Department, see: The Art Department is located next to the Allen Memorial Art Museum, which houses a modest but diverse collection of works from Africa (primarily West and Central) of the 15th-mid 20th centuries, as well as a strong collection of contemporary African-American art and arts of the African Diaspora by Romare Bearden, Willie Cole, Renée Green, Kara Walker, and others. The Cleveland Museum of Art, less than an hour away, also holds a growing collection of African Art.

To be assured of consideration, a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate academic transcripts, and at least three recent letters of reference* should be sent to Bonnie Cheng, Chair/African Art Search, Oberlin College Art Department, 91 N. Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio, 44074 by December 1, 2013. Questions and electronic materials should be submitted to Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. *By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.

Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an employee of Oberlin College, and gender identity and expression.

Oberlin was the first coeducational institution to grant bachelor’s degrees to women and historically has been a leader in the education of African Americans; the College was also among the first to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of our faculty in all respects.

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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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