JOB: Asst Prof, Indigenous or Asian/Pacific @ University of Washington Tacoma

Description

With particular interest in applicants with Indigenous and/or Asian and Pacific Islands perspectives, the Division of Culture, Arts, & Communication in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a full-time, tenure-eligible position as Assistant Professor in Visual Arts & Culture with an anticipated start date of September 2023. Tenure-track faculty have an annual service period of nine months (Sept 16-June 15).

Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, applicants with Indigenous and/or Asian and Pacific Islands perspectives and/or expertise in Indigenous Arts & Traditions; Arts from Marginalized Groups; Arts and Culture of Asia and the Pacific; Global Visual Studies; Transnational Arts; or Resistance Art.

The successful candidate will be expected to uphold the Division’s commitment to supporting diverse student populations through inclusive teaching practices and through the integration of effective pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning. They will also be expected to support the Division’s commitment to institutional, professional, and community service.

This position will be expected to employ interdisciplinary and/or community-engaged approaches to scholarship and teaching.  The successful candidate will be expected to incorporate critical approaches aligned with themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their scholarship and teaching. In addition to undergraduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, potential courses might include TCORE 114: Introduction to Humanities; TARTS 230: Issues in the Arts; TARTS 284: Art & Culture in the Pacific; TARTS 360: Women Artists; TARTS 471: Culture and Meaning; TARTS 480: Contemporary Art & Society; or THIST 470: The Material World: Art & Artifacts. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop new course offerings in their area of expertise.  

UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

The University of Washington Tacoma is an urban-serving institution that is committed to providing an interdisciplinary and community-engaged education to a diverse student body. Our faculty include some of the brightest and most innovative scholars working across the disciplines. We invite you to learn more about the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and the University by visiting https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/sias and https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/, respectively.

Qualifications

This position requires an earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) in Art History, Material Culture, Cultural Anthropology, Visual Culture, Arts & Cultural Studies, or related field at the time of appointment. Candidates in the final stages of their dissertation may be appointed on an acting basis. 

The successful candidate will have a record of impactful scholarship as evidenced by (for example) publications, creative works, or community-engaged scholarship and will demonstrate evidence of effective teaching methodologies at upper & lower division levels using active learning pedagogical techniques and technologies.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following via the Interfolio system:

  • A detailed letter of interest delineating your scholarship interests and agenda, qualifications, and relevant teaching experience (two-page maximum.)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three professional references, with letters available upon request.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy demonstrating commitment to UW Tacoma’s mission and student demography (one-page maximum.)
  • A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement (one-page maximum). The DEI statement is an opportunity for you to highlight your leadership and other prior experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational settings, as well as to describe specific ways you would help advance our commitments to DEI and anti-racism.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including sample syllabi, quantitative student evaluations, and peer teaching evaluations.

Applicants’ statements should detail how their teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion.

Submit all application materials through Interfolio. Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin November 21, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  For further information, email Ellen Bayer, search chair, at ebayer05@uw.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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