JOB: Asst Prof, Global Contemporary Visual Culture @ Case Western Reserve University

 The Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University is seeking a qualified candidate in the field of Global Contemporary Visual Culture. The preferred primary geographical areas of specialization include Asian, Southeast Asian, African, African Diaspora, Latin American, and/or Indigenous North American. Interdisciplinary and transregional expertise are especially welcomed. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

PhD or ABD if the PhD will be in hand by August 2023, in the field of Global Contemporary Visual Culture, broadly defined, with a promising research trajectory. Teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Must be eligible to work in the USA. 

Candidates should exemplify excellence and innovation in research, scholarship, and teaching, with a demonstrated interest in engaging with museum and curatorial work. Given the long history of collaboration between the CWRU Department of Art History & Art and the renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to object-based pedagogy. Candidates would also be encouraged to take advantage of the vibrant contemporary arts community in the greater Cleveland area. Teaching duties include two courses each semester, comprising introductory and area survey classes for undergraduates, upper-level courses in the successful applicant’s area of specialization and graduate seminars. Candidates should be prepared to supervise M.A. and PhD students, and fully participate in departmental and university service. Visit our website at: http://arthistory.case.edu 

Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing research and teaching, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and email addresses of three references. Applications received by January 15, 2023 will be given full consideration. Questions should be directed to Elizabeth Bolman, Chair and Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts: esb87@case.edu. 

About the College of Arts and Sciences, CWRU 

The College of Arts and Sciences houses educational and research programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, and mathematics. Students in the college can choose a major or minor from almost 60 undergraduate programs, design their own courses of study, or enroll in integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree programs. In addition, the college offers graduate programs in several fields where small size and special expertise allow it to make a distinctive contribution to advanced education and research. 

The college is organized into 21 academic departments and several interdisciplinary programs and centers, including Childhood Studies, International Studies, Evolutionary Biology, History and Philosophy of Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Undergraduates as well as graduate students are encouraged to conduct independent research, in their chosen fields or 

related ones, within the college, in other units of the university, or in nearby medical and cultural institutions. The academic experience can extend into the community in the form of service-learning projects as well as internships in research institutions, businesses, cultural institutions, and governmental agencies. 

The college’s curricular offerings are enhanced by its affiliations with other University Circle institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Cleveland Play House. The college itself offers many arts presentations, lecture series and symposia. It also provides abundant opportunities for students to participate in musical, theater and dance performances. 

As a recipient of the national Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for the past nine years, CWRU has been recognized nationally as a leader in advancing equity and inclusivity. The university and the College of Arts & Sciences at CWRU are committed to creating an inclusive community where all are welcome, valued and heard. 

CAS Diversity Statement 

The College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University is committed to advancing an inclusive community in which everyone is welcome, respected, valued and heard. Along with colleagues across the university, our faculty, staff and students are engaged in continued and meaningful dialogue about issues of systemic racism, and we are determined to implement measures to end discriminatory practices on our campus and enhance our contributions to the communities around us. 

Members of our faculty lend their expertise, research, and insights to ongoing national and international conversations about racial justice and equity. As a liberal arts college, we educate leaders and innovators whose knowledge, creativity and appreciation for multiple perspectives enable them to carry on the work of building a more hopeful future for all. 

As our society grapples with the history, legacy and persistence of entrenched racism and its impact on communities of color, we reaffirm our mission to expand opportunities for underrepresented groups; provide a multifaceted education for our students; foster a culture of diversity, pluralism and recognition of individual difference; and realize our ideals within the university and in the larger world. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement 

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

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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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