JOB: Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies @ Whitman College

Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Employer: Whitman College
Type: Full Time – Academic-Assistant Professor
Categories: Art History-Any, Art History-Art of the United States, Art History-Native American
Required Education: PhD

Art History and Visual Culture Studies: Tenure-track position in Ethnic American Visual Culture, at the rank of assistant professor. Effective August 2012. Ph.D. in an appropriate disciplinary or interdisciplinary field by the time of appointment. Area of specialization open. We seek an individual with a critical approach to the impact of visual culture on issues of race and ethnicity in the United States. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year including “Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture Studies” and courses in area of specialization. The position will also have teaching responsibilities in the Race and Ethnic Studies Program. Other responsibilities will include advising majors and pre-majors, administering senior oral exams and overseeing senior theses. Dedication to an undergraduate liberal arts education is essential.

Whitman College wishes to reinforce its commitment to enhance diversity, broadly defined, recognizing that to provide a diverse learning environment is to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly multicultural and global society. In their application, candidates should address their interest in working as teachers and scholars with undergraduates in a liberal arts environment that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction; how their cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contributes to diversity; and their interest in participating in the College’s general education offerings as well as engaging in cross-disciplinary teaching and scholarship. To apply, go to, click “Faculty” and “Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies.” The online position description includes specific instructions on submission of the following materials: letter of application; curriculum vitae; three letters of reference; statements addressing the candidate’s teaching interests and scholarly agenda; course syllabi; writing sample; undergraduate and graduate transcripts; teaching evaluations or other evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.

Deadline: January 10, 2012. Prearranged interviews will be conducted at the CAA meeting in Los Angeles.

No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. Whitman College, is a small, selective liberal arts college dedicated to providing excellent educational opportunities for students. The College provides generous professional development support for both research and teaching. For additional information about Whitman College and the Walla Walla area, see and

NOTES: Employer will assist with relocation costs


JOB: Murphy Professor of Art History @ U Kansas

Kress Foundation Department of Art History
Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor in Art History

(Open specialization)

Nominations and applications are invited for this endowed chair.  The Murphy Professor will join a large and diversified department with an established PhD program and rich undergraduate curriculum.  The University of Kansas, with more than 27,000 students and 1,500 faculty on the Lawrence campus, is the major educational and research institution in the state.  The university has a full complement of 15 art and architectural historians in Asian and Western art.  Endowments support active visiting lecturer programs, teaching initiatives, and research travel for faculty and doctoral candidates.  The department is located in the Spencer Museum of Art, the collections and exhibitions of which provide a foundation for introductory and graduate course work.  The Murphy Library of Art and Architecture, with holdings of over 170,000 volumes, and a large visual resources collection offer essential support of research and instruction.

The Murphy Professor will exercise leadership in research, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervise theses and dissertations.  S/he is expected to promote interaction among scholars in related fields and to provide service to the department, the university and the profession.  The position will be awarded with tenure and is endowed with substantial research support; a reduced teaching load is expected to yield substantial and continuing research productivity.
The search is open to any art historical specialization. Candidates should have a distinguished international reputation for research and publication in their area of specialization. They should be significantly engaged in other professional activities and provide evidence of outstanding teaching abilities.  It is expected that candidates should be tenured professors or have equivalent credentials.  Women, minorities, and candidates who will contribute to the climate of diversity in the university, including a diversity of scholarly approaches, are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge; and (4) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities. See for more information.

Salary: Commensurate with experience; substantial research support.

Starting Date: expected to begin as early as 18 August 2012

First consideration will be given to completed applications received by October 17, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled.

Go to, search for position 00003119, and complete the application. Upload cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references. Nominations and inquiries should be addressed to Prof. Linda Stone-Ferrier, Chair, Murphy Search Committee, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art #209, University of Kansas, 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS 66045. Email: EO/AA Employer.


JOB: Postdoctoral Fellowship In Asian-American Studies @ Wellesley

Wellesley College invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian-American studies, to begin Fall 2012.  Candidates should have received the Ph.D. within the past three years (ABD considered). Preference will be given to the fields of history, ethnic studies, American Studies, anthropology, and sociology.The Fellow will be in residence at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities the first year and will be expected to take an active role in its intellectual community. In the first year year, the Fellow will teach one course, and in the second year one course each semester, including an introductory course in Asian American Studies.  The Fellow will also be expected to advise students and participate in programming for American Studies.  The fellowship includes support for research and travel.

Please submit only in electronic form the following: a letter of application, a c.v., a graduate school transcript, three letters of recommendation,(The online application will request names/email address so that recommenders or dossier services may submit the letters directly.)a brief statement of teaching experience and research interests, and a writing sample to  Applications must be received by October 15,2011. If circumstances do not allow you to submit materials through our on line application system, please email us at

Wellesley is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

JOB: Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies @ York University

J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry

York University

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University invites applications for the J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry to commence July 1, 2012. J. Richard Shiff QC, an alumnus of Osgoode Hall Law School, was a prominent businessman, teacher and philanthropist. Founded in 1997 by a generous donation from the Shiff family, the Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry was established to support excellence in teaching and research in Jewish Canadian Studies, and to act as a liaison between the academic world and the rest of the community in order to promote greater recognition of the importance of the Jewish experience in the larger Canadian context.

The Faculty seeks a scholar of international stature in an area of Canadian Jewish Studies, who will be responsible for teaching two full-year courses (or their equivalent) and the delivery of annual academic and public lectures. The holder of the Chair will join the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies as well as an appropriate academic department within the Faculty. The Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies is world renowned for excellence in Jewish education, modern Jewish studies, Jewish history, philosophy, sociology, languages, literature and religion. The Shiff Chair is a position at the rank of Full Professor or Associate Professor. Applicants should have demonstrated strengths in research in one of the Centre’s areas of strength, evidenced by a strong record of publication and research. A PhD is required at the time of appointment and preference will be given to applicants with experience supervising graduate students. We seek an individual who will pursue a vigorous research program in an interdisciplinary environment and can demonstrate a commitment to high-quality undergraduate and graduate teaching. The successful candidate must be eligible for immediate appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests and selected publications, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly, by October 31, 2011, to: Patricia Burke Wood, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, S-949 Ross Building, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York’s website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416.736.5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

JOB: Assistant Professor, American Studies Program @ Smith College

The American Studies Program at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.  This position will be housed in the American Studies Program; its occupant will contribute two of four yearly courses to the Department of History. Candidates must be well prepared to teach the range of theoretical and methodological questions, both established and emerging, central to American Studies scholarship, and they should be prepared to teach an Early American survey in the History department. We seek a candidate who will not replicate our current strengths in 19th and early 20th century history; we are particularly interested in candidates who work with Native American materials and/or cross-cultural encounters in early America.

Located in the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts, Smith is especially well suited for such work. Founded in the early 1960s, the American Studies Program at Smith is one of the oldest and most highly regarded among undergraduate institutions. The College’s membership in the Five College Consortium (with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst) makes available various modes of interaction and engagement with colleagues and students beyond Smith as well. We especially value intellectual versatility, a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, ability to work across periods, and alertness to the transnational and comparative perspectives that have reshaped American Studies work in recent years. Ph.D. in hand and prior teaching experience preferred.

Submit application at with letter of application and curriculum vitae. Questions regarding the search should be directed to Professor Michael Thurston, Director of the American Studies Program (  Review of applications will begin August 20, 2011. Interviews with semifinalists will be held at the American Studies Association meeting in Baltimore, MD (October 20-22), or, if necessary, by telephone. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.

JOB: Graduate Fellowship @ African American Museum in Philadelphia [AAMP]

Graduate Fellowship in Museum Practice

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is offering a year-long fellowship for current students or recent graduates of graduate programs in African American Studies, History or Humanities funded by The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Graduate Fellowship in Museum Practice Program is geared to provide students with a comprehensive practicum in professional museum work with exposure to Collections Management, Museum Education, Exhibitions, Development, and Visitor Services.

At the conclusion of the year-long fellowship, each graduate fellow will have experienced the following:

  • working in the Collections, Education, Exhibit, and Visitor Services departments of a mid-size museum (AAMP)
  • developing an independent project utilizing the resources of AAMP’s collections
  • performing field assessments at small African American museum and collecting institutions; and,
  • supporting the delivery of four seminars geared to small museums/collecting institutions

The fellowship experience will be enriched through attendance at three major conferences and visits to other museums and cultural institutions.  Successful applicants will work at AAMP from month/year to month/year.

All applicants must:
Be currently enrolled or hold a recent graduate degree in African American studies. Students with degrees other than African American Studies must have a demonstrated interest in African American History or Culture.
Have a demonstrated interest in working in museums or archives. (This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, and/or through a personal statement in application essay).
Be able to work 25-30 hours per week.
Be available to travel for conferences and site visits throughout the year.

The annual stipend for this fellowship is $25,000.

Contact: Leslie Guy, Conservator and Curator of Collections,



JOB: The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship, 2011-2014

The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship, 2011-2014

The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design is pleased to
announce a fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an
outstanding junior scholar who wishes to pursue a curatorial career.
The Mellon Fellow will be fully integrated into the Museum’s
Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. The Fellow will have
access to the museum collections and research libraries in the region
and will enjoy all the professional privileges of the museum’s staff.
The Fellow will be expected to participate in strengthening the
Museum’s engagement with the academic curricula at Brown University
and RISD.

Core Activities
Become familiar with the collection’s 24,000 works on paper and
undertake research in area of expertise. Supervise the Museum’s active
study room for prints, drawings, and photographs. Assist with
departmental exhibitions, catalogue new acquisitions, give regular
presentations to classes and gallery talks, answer queries about the
collection, and interact with scholars, students and the public on
matters concerning the collection. Work with the two department
curators to help develop collaboration with faculty at RISD and Brown
University to encourage greater use of the collection in classes and
individual study. In collaboration with a faculty member from Brown
and/or RISD, propose an exhibition and publication to be presented in
the third year. Travel with the department’s curators to explore
potential acquisitions, and to attend scholarly conferences and
relevant exhibitions. Assist with management of day to day
departmental activities as assigned.

Ph.D. (or ABD) or equivalent in Art History or closely related field,
with demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the history of the
graphic arts. Strong communication skills and museum or teaching
experience are essential. Knowledge of a European language is highly

The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow is a three-year fellowship. The
Fellow receives an annual salary plus benefits and travel and research

Application and Deadline
For more information about RISD and to apply online, please visit  Review of applications begins immediately,
and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit
their materials by September 1, 2010 will be assured full
consideration.  A complete application will consist of:

• A letter of interest
• A curriculum vitae
• A statement describing the applicant’s area of research and
potential relationship to the museum’s collections
• A copy of a published paper or a writing sample
• Three letters of recommendation, including the names and contact
information for references

RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

JOB: Curator of African Art, University of Iowa Museum of Art

Nominations and applications are invited for the full-time salaried position of Curator of Non-Western Art at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). The curator will be responsible for the world-renowned Stanley Collection of African Art, and the entire collection of African Art, as well as for the arts of the Ancient and Native Americas, Ancient European Art, and a growing collection of Asian Art, as well as other areas of the collection, as needed.

The curator possesses deep knowledge of the UIMA collection and shares this
knowledge with students, staff and the public primarily through research,
exhibitions, presentations and publications. The curator acquires new art
for the collection working with the museum director, colleagues, donors and
the art market.

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OPP: Archaeological Field School on Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities

Archaeological Field School on Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Anth. 454-CF and 455-CF (6 credits; 6 weeks), May 23, 2011 to July 1, 2011

This field school will provide training in the techniques of excavation, mapping, controlled surface surveys, artifact classification and contextual interpretation. Students will work in supervised teams, learning to function as members of a field crew, with all of the skills necessary for becoming professional archaeologists. Many students from past University of Illinois field schools have gone on to graduate study and professional field-archaeology positions. Laboratory processing and analysis will be ongoing during the field season. Evening lectures by project staff, visiting archaeologists, and historians will focus on providing background on how field data are used to answer archaeological and historical research questions.

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JOB: Curatorial Fellowship @ Indianapolis Museum of Art

Weisenberger Fellow of American Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is pleased to announce an 8-month graduate curatorial fellowship. The Weisenberger Fellowship provides curatorial training in American art and supports scholarly research of the IMA collection of American painting and sculpture from 1800 to 1945. The Weisenberger Fellow is fully integrated into the museum’s curatorial division and has responsibilities in collection management and preparation of interpretive materials.

The Weisenberger Fellow will receive a stipend of $16,000 plus benefits, and housing on the museum campus is provided. The 8-month fellowship period will begin in October 2011.

To be eligible for the fellowship, the applicant must hold a Master’s degree in art history or a related field. Applicants must demonstrate scholarly excellence as well as a strong interest in the museum profession. Applications should include a cover letter explaining your interest in the fellowship, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and 3 letters of recommendation. Applications must be received by May 15, 2011.

Application materials may be emailed to or mailed to:

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Attn: Human Resources

4000 Michigan Road

Indianapolis, IN 46208-3326