JOB: Asst/Assoc Prof, American Art @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for an art historian with an emphasis in American art. This is a full-time, tenure-track or tenured faculty position, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the history of American Art, including the history of architecture and/or design in any period from the colonial era to the present. We especially welcome applicants whose research addresses issues of race, indigeneity, ecology, (post)colonialism, and visual culture in the Atlantic world.

Responsibilities
The successful candidate will teach a 2/2 teaching load (two courses each in the fall and spring semesters) that includes courses in American Art and/or Architecture, as well as existing introductory courses with large enrollment such as the Introduction to Art and Visual Culture. The candidate will play an active role in curricular efforts in art history, developing and delivering curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate students. Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent research program, and provide service to the Art History program, the School, the College and the University.

Context
The Art History Program consists of seven full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty members, plus adjuncts and many affiliated faculty. Degrees offered include the BA and BFA, as well as the M.A. and Ph.D. Art History graduate courses also support graduate minors in Museum Studies and Medieval Studies. Additional information about the program and faculty areas can be found at www.art.illinois.edu/content/graduate/programs/art-history-phd.

The school offers undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, Crafts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, New Media, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. The future of design at Illinois also includes a new facility intended for outreach, education, and experimentation in design for students in fields within and outside the arts.

About the University of Illinois
The School of Art + Design is part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, an internationally recognized research and educational institution. The University supports faculty as active researchers in the humanities, arts, sciences, engineering, and design through opportunities for funding and vital cross-disciplinary exchange in the campus’ many institutes, centers, and initiatives. These include the Campus Research Board, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and numerous other more specialized centers.

The arts also play a vital and recognized role in the university’s service mission as a state university, as evidenced by the historic examples of the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, Krannert Art Museum, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, each a respected international hub for innovative scholarship and public engagement.

The University actively pursues a commitment to diversity through growing support for its numerous area and ethnic studies programs. Faculty and students in the arts routinely collaborate with these areas in their research and programming; such efforts enjoy support for activities on campus and around the world.

Supported by the nation’s third largest research library and abundant technological resources, the University of Illinois provides a rich environment for collaboration and experimental ventures. Champaign-Urbana is located in East Central Illinois, within a short driving distance to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit www.illinois.edu for the university, www.faa.illinois.edu for the college, and www.art.illinois.edu for the school.
Qualifications
The successful candidate will bring an active research agenda and evidence of innovative teaching. The ability to collaborate with faculty outside of our department, including those from Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and the new campus-wide Design Center is highly desirable. Applicants must have a terminal degree in art history (Ph.D.) at the time of appointment. Assistant Professor applicants must show clear promise of developing distinguished records of independent research and teaching. Associate Professor applicants should have evidence of a distinguished record of academic scholarship, and teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels that meets the qualifications for the ranks of Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2018.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 4, 2017. Please create your candidate profile at jobs.illinois.edu and upload the following:

1. A letter of application
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Scholarly writing sample
4. List of three professional references – online application will require names and contact information for three references.

Please submit items 1-4 combined into a single multi-page (letter size) PDF (NOT an Acrobat “PDF portfolio”). Use the naming convention of “lastname_firstname_docs.pdf”.

The committee may begin reviewing applications before then but no decision will be made until after the close date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Please direct any inquiries to:
Associate Professor Terri Weissman,
School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
408 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA
217-333-0855 / tweissma@illinois.edu

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

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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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