JOB: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History: African-American and/or African Art @ Alfred University

The School of Art and Design within the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University is seeking applicants for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor position in Art History to teach African-American Art History. This full-time one-year sabbatical replacement position consists of a 2/2 teaching load plus faculty service.

In addition to African-American Art History, the ideal candidate will also be able to teach an introductory course in the visual culture of Africa and/or its American diasporas (South, Central, the Caribbean, or Mexico) from the early modern period (c. 1500) to the present, to help satisfy our non-Western curricular offerings. Teaching responsibilities include the equivalent of a 2/2 load: an introductory level, half-semester course (to be repeated across Fall and Spring), as well as upper-level courses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

For the service component, we especially seek candidates who would be involved with diversity-related initiatives at AU, in particular the Art Force 5 (AF5), an award-winning applied learning program that offers students the opportunity to use art for social justice. Most recently, the AF5 has been invited to partner with NYS Office of General Services as they prepare their Harlem Art Collection to be returned to public view. The AF5 will serve to educate various communities on the relevance of this collection and organize community events. The hired candidate may assist in optimizing opportunities and preparing Alfred University students for such collaboration. The project is funded by a SUNY grant, which enables students to travel the state while engaging in social practice involving issues of equality, community, and history.

Located in Western NY, Alfred University is the second oldest co-educational college in the United States and one of the earliest to have enrolled African-American and Native American students. Ideal candidates will demonstrate an appreciation of issues that matter to our university community, such as diversity and social justice.

Though open to all undergraduate students at Alfred University, Art History courses primarily serve degree candidates in studio art (BFA), art history and theory (BS), and graduate students (MFA). The Art History curriculum is an integral part of the program at the School of Art and Design. The Division of Art History is one of six divisions in a comprehensive program with a very active faculty and prolific student body who access renowned facilities for artistic and scholarly research.

Qualifications

Required: PhD preferred but ABD considered, in Art History or related field. Teaching experience is preferred. Appointment begins in August 2019.

Alfred University

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University is an accredited member of NASAD, with 33 full-time faculty serving approximately 500 students. The School is unique among institutions of higher education, with an open curriculum, allowing a robust and diverse experience in studio art, design, and art history courses. Students and faculty alike thrive in an intensive and supportive learning environment. Art and Design students are fully integrated into Alfred University’s community. The New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) includes the School of Art and Design, the Inamori School of Engineering, and Scholes Library. The NYSCC was established in 1900 to advance research in art, design, and engineering. That intellectual and creative legacy exists in all of the areas of study in the School of Art and Design.

Alfred University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Salary is commensurate with experience. The position offers full benefits.

Application Process

Email your letter of interest, CV, sample syllabi, teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references (address, phone number, and email) as one PDF document to humanresources@alfred.edu.

Review of applications will begin March 17, 2019. The position is open until filled. For more information, contact humanresources@alfred.edu.