JOB: Lecturer, Writing About Art @ City College of New York

The Art Department invites applications for the position of Lecturer to teach general education courses in the fields of writing and art history/visual culture. The candidate should be prepared to teach non-majors and BA/BFA students in Art in a variety of writing composition courses, specifically Writing about Art, which is a second-level writing course designed primarily for art majors. Other courses may include freshman-level writing courses covering various topics in the arts and an occasional survey course covering the history of art from a global perspective. Candidates should be savvy with grammar, writing composition, editing, current methodologies, and the field of art history/visual culture. This position is designed to provide full-time faculty leadership in lower division courses.

The Lecturer will be appointed to the Art Department, which is part of the larger division of the Humanities and the Arts within The City College of New York (CCNY). The faculty member is, therefore, expected to participate in departmental and college-wide committees, service, assessment, and leadership. The contractual teaching load is 4-4 with opportunities for administrative course releases. The Art Department serves more than 600 undergraduate art majors and minors, who are concentrating in Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Photography, or Digital Design. The current Art Department faculty is a dynamic team of professional creative thinkers with a longstanding commitment to teaching and supporting a diverse group of students, many of whom are first-generation immigrants, underserved, and culturally and ethnically diverse populations. CCNY is located in Harlem, and  t he current student population hails from 153 countries, and 99 languages, besides English, are spoken on campus. Approximately 32 percent are Hispanic, 22 percent African American, 22 percent Asian, and 24 percent White. Candidates can learn more about the history, mission, and vision of the college by exploring the school’s website:


A Bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with a MA or PhD in Art History, Art Criticism, Visual Culture, or a related field. The candidate must also have a genuine interest in teaching undergraduate students and a minimum of two years of experience teaching college-level courses in arts-based writing and/or art history at the freshman and sophomore levels. Familiarity with the basic research methods of art history and available resources in the field is required. The successful candidate will be an outstanding educator with a teaching record that demonstrates a familiarity with inclusive pedagogy, the use of interactive and participatory teaching methods, and a sensitivity to and understanding of the socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic diversity within the classroom. Experience working with multilingual students for whom English is not their primary language, first-generation college students, and students with physical and/or learning disabilities is a plus, as these factors relate to differences in learning styles. Experience working as a tutor or an editor would also be helpful. The candidate should have a strong knowledge of grammar and composition, art history, and be interested in developing creative teaching strategies for students in the first two years of college. In addition, candidates should be able to use teaching resources, such as Blackboard, Zoom, and other types of programs, as well as have knowledge of contemporary practices in art and design.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Applications, including the following must be uploaded to the CUNYfirst job application website as a single PDF document:

(1) Cover Letter

(2) Curriculum Vitae

(3) Statement of teaching Philosophy that speaks to the candidates approach to inclusive teaching strategies for diverse student populations

(4) Names and contact information for three professional references

(5) Two sample syllabi

(6) An academic art-historical writing sample (4-6 pages including notes and bibliography)


Open until filled, with review of applications to begin April 20, 2022.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.


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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