Call for Applications from Recent MFAs and PhDs: Future Faculty Program at RIT (Deadline: May 15, 2019)

The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Future Faculty Career Exploration Program (FFCEP) is currently accepting applications for the class of 2019. This program is design for historically underrepresented minority scholars to explore potential faculty careers.

Participants will:

network with faculty, chairs, deans, and administration;

hold a job talk presentation on their research; and

learn more about the culture and values of the institution straight from RIT’s diverse faculty and students; and so much more.

The application deadline is Wed, May 15, 2019.

Please remember that you will need to upload four documents with your application:

  • CV
  • Cover letter that includes your diversity statement
  • Research statement (MFA scholars submit an artistic statement)
  • Teaching statement

The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program provides an opportunity to find out what it is like to be a faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This all-expenses paid program is an opportunity for historically underrepresented minority scholars, artists, and researchers to visit RIT for a prospective look at a faculty career. The program will take place September 25-28, 2019.

RIT has seen nearly 300 scholars participate in the program since its inception 15 years ago.  The feedback is amazing – the program helped to prepare them for the rigors of the job search, and also enlightened them to opportunities at RIT.

To learn more about the program and to apply click here.

 

Medieval Studies: Definitions, Debates, and the Parameters of the Field

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Image by Mikel Jaso. Published in New York Times, May 5, 2019, here.

 

Yesterday’s front-page article in the print edition of New York Times bore the headline “Symbols of Past Used by Right Upset Scholars.” That the online version’s header is “Medieval Scholars Joust with White Nationalists. And One Another” is a rhetorical shift worth questioning.

The article’s many directions are equally fascinating:

*the culture of the International Congress on Medieval Studies;

*demographics of the field of European Medievalism;

*narratives of the Anglo-Saxon race—roots, routes, and modernity—in Europe and the US;

*critical theory, feminist critique of power and patriarchy, and decolonizing a field;

*apolitical scholarship as an ideal;

*the Medievalists of Color group;

*white privilege and white fragility;

*Facebook fights and the resource of social media;

*white nationalism and white chauvinism—past and present;

*overhauling the academic conference submission process;

*the Belle da Costa Greene Award (est. 2018) and passing for white.

The Times reporter Jennifer Schuessler runs through these topics differently. She conveys the complexity of terrain in some passages and displays her amusement with the debates in others. “A field increasingly torn by vitriolic spats and racial politics”—anchorage text on the jump page in the print edition—sadly demonstrates the limited way in which Schuessler and the editor who worked with her on this piece see things.

There’s nothing easy about change in twenty-first century academia: it’s well- communicated in the letters accompanying the article—634 of them at present count. They’re worth a look.

This year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies Conference opens in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thurs., May 9. The next day, May 10, is the anniversary of Greene’s death.

 

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Belle da Costa Greene. Photo by Clarence White. Published on Pinterest.

Da Costa Greene (born Dec. 13, 1879/1883 in Alexandria Virginia; died May 10, 1950 in New York) was elected of fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 1939. A librarian at Princeton and later for J. P. Morgan, Greene was the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library from 1924 to 1928.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New resource about artist Maud Sulter (1960-2008)

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Maud Sulter. Les Bijoux (The Jewels), 2002. Large-format, colour Polaroid photograph. Source here and discussed here.
There is a newly published website about the late, Scottish-Ghanaian artist and writer Maud Sulter:
The publishers of the site make this request:
“Please have a look round the site, there are lots of embedded links leading to more information on Maud’s exhibitions, publications and what’s happened in the past few years.
We need your help in circulating the website.  Please click, like and share the link with everyone who would be interested.”

JOB: Asst Prof, Photo @ Spelman

The Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Photography to begin August 2019.

The appointment requires a 3/3 teaching load, including introductory and advanced level of photography courses. Applicants should demonstrate skills in digital imaging/print-related technologies as well as the ability to teach Digital 2D Foundations (Adobe Creative Suite). The ideal candidate should have the ability to teach History of Photography as a part of the new Atlanta University Center Collective for Art History & Curatorial Studies and assist with building the new Photography program.

Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in both the art and photography program, maintaining a well-articulated creative research/scholarship, service to the department and the college, and contributions to the overall mission of Spelman College.

The Department of Art & Visual Culture is part of ARTS@Spelman, which also includes the departments of Theater & Performance, Dance Performance & Choreography, Music, the Digital Moving Image Salon, the Museum of Fine Art and the Spelman College Innovation Lab. The College is planning a new innovation and arts building, which will be an interdisciplinary environment that supports and advances experimentation, collaboration, active play, research and the imaginative use of digital technologies.

https://spelman.peopleadmin.com/postings/1980

Job Opportunity: Lecturer, Art History, Texas Christian University (apply now)

Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)
Full-Time Faculty
College of Fine Arts, Fine and Applied Arts, Department: School of Art, Art History
Position Number: 2018-F139 advertised at HigherEd Jobs
Position Description

Position: One-year Lecturer appointment in the field of American art and visual culture (colonial to contemporary), beginning August, 2019. Candidates with an emphasis in African American, Latinx, Native American, or Asian American art history are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: Candidates should be prepared to teach three courses per semester, including one section of the Introduction to Art History survey, specialized undergraduate classes, and/or a graduate seminar in the applicant’s field of expertise.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The School: TCU’s School of Art is a NASAD-accredited program that offers the B.A. and M.A. in Art History. TCU maintains a close working relationship with the art museums in the area, especially the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Sid Richardson Museum.

The University: TCU is dedicated to an inclusive learning community and actively seeks applications from diverse candidates with the mission to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community. TCU is a progressive, independent non-sectarian university that strongly supports freedom of expression and critical inquiry. TCU is a Category I Independent institution with a stable enrollment of approximately 10,000 students. The university offers over 100 undergraduate areas of study, 58 master’s level programs, and 25 areas of doctoral study. TCU employs 588 full-time faculty and approximately 90% hold the highest degree in their discipline. TCU is located in Fort Worth, Texas (the 15th largest city in the US with a population of approximately 854,000), a city of rich cultural endowments including world-class museums and performing arts facilities. The city is part of the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex of 6.7 million people and is served by the DFW international airport. For the past 8 consecutive years, TCU has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2018 “Great Colleges to Work For”.

Position Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or A.B.D. in Art History; or American Studies, African American Studies, Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, or Asian American Studies with an emphasis in visual culture.
  • Ability to support the University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with college-level teaching experience.

Application Process

Applications should include a cover letter; a one-page teaching philosophy that details a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a c.v; and three letters of recommendation, which can be emailed directly from the reviewer or dossier service to hrtalentacquisition@tcu.edu.

Apply online.

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019, and the position will remain open until filled.

TCU encourages applications from diverse candidates and is dedicated to an inclusive learning community. As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender Identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Posted:
11/06/2018

Job Opportunity: Director of Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

Vassar College: Director of Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Vassar College seeks Director of Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the most comprehensive art museum in New York’s Hudson Valley (about 75 miles north of Manhattan).
We seek a Director for the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York (https://fllac.vassar.edu/) who can make full use of and build strategically upon the extensive resources in the most comprehensive art museum in the Hudson Valley. Its varied collections, dynamic exhibitions and educational activities reach out to both the college community and a broad regional public. Reporting to the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, the Director works closely with the President and senior officers of the College to serve the mission and goals of a residential liberal arts college which has always prized innovation and forward thinking.

Founded in 1861 as one of the earliest women’s colleges (and the first to become co-educational in 1969), the College opened its doors with both an art gallery and an observatory, signaling Vassar’s enduring educational philosophy of sending students “to the source.” Today’s Art Center, designed by Cesar Pelli, is an accredited modern museum whose collections originated with a superb acquisition of Hudson River School paintings at the College’s inception. Between then and now the collection has grown to more than 21,000 works, charting the history of art from Ancient Egypt to the present, and featuring important examples of modern and contemporary painting, sculpture and photography as well as Old Master paintings and works on paper. A locus for encounters with original works of art, the museum is an engine for experimentation that inspires student and faculty research projects in and beyond art history, while fostering connections across all academic disciplines from the humanities to the sciences. Its purpose is to elicit the excitement of discovery, to promote critical and creative thinking, to deepen visual literacy, and to foster in students a full sensorium of intellect and emotion in order to expand imagination and openness to the world around them.

As the public face of the Art Center and leader of an excellent staff, the Director represents Vassar and the Art Center to patrons and partners nationally and globally, is responsible for stewarding and strengthening the assets of the Art Center by judiciously acquiring new works and encouraging significant gifts and bequests to the collection, and encourages a working environment that empowers both innovation and collaboration.

Applicants are expected to possess a Ph.D. in Art History or an allied field, have had direct experience of museum work, and be eager to interact with a varied constituency: faculty and students, administrators, alumnae/i, arts institutions, visitors, outside scholars and potential donors.
Application review begins November 1, 2018, continuing until the position is filled. Cover letter, resume, and contact information from at least three professional references should be submitted electronically to https://employment.vassar.edu. Nominations may be sent to Marianne H. Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, at Loebdirectorsearch@vassar.edu.
Link to search details:

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor, Architectural/Urban Studies, Vassar College, Art Dept+Urban Studies Dept.

Vassar College: Tenure Track Position in Architectural History and Urban Studies

The Department of Art at Vassar College, in collaboration with the Urban Studies Program, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in architectural and urban history at the level of Assistant Professor to begin in the 2019-20 academic year.

Vassar College is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

We seek an innovative historian of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism with a transnational, diasporic, and/or global approach.

The successful candidate should preferably have a Ph.D. in architectural history or allied field in hand at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will teach courses on architectural history at all levels of the art history curriculum. These courses should encompass global perspectives on architectural design, urban planning, and theory. The candidate will also teach one course a year within the multidisciplinary Urban Studies Program.

Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2,500 undergraduates located in the Hudson Valley seventy-five miles north of New York City. Faculty are expected to teach broadly in the curricula of their departments and/or programs, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College has a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

 

To apply, please visit employment.vassar.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52643 to link to the posting for this position. Candidates should upload the following: cover letter; curriculum vitae; graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for the initial application); statement of teaching experience, interests, and philosophy; and a diversity statement highlighting contributions to and/or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through teaching, research and/or professional involvements. Additionally, please submit a sample of scholarly writing, and arrange, with referees, for submission of at least three letters of recommendation to the above site.

Information on employment policies may be found in Vassar’s Faculty Handbook.

Review of applications will begin on December 14, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. If feasible, interviews will be scheduled at the annual meeting of the College Art Association, in New York City, in February 2019.

Please direct questions regarding the position or application process to Lisa Gail Collins, Chair, Department of Art (licollins@vassar.edu).

Academic Position: Assistant Professor, Arts of the Americas (Modern and Contemporary)–Submission Deadline Nov. 1, 2018

Assistant Professor: Arts of the Americas (Modern and Contemporary)

University of Michigan

The Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in the Arts of the Americas, modern and contemporary, beginning in September 2019. This is a university year appointment. A PhD is required prior to appointment. Broadly conceived, the position may be filled by persons working in any of the following fields: African-American, African Diaspora, Latin American, and/or Native American art; possible methodological lenses include, but are not limited to, critical race studies, gender theory, performance studies, and/or critical museum studies. The successful applicant will be asked to develop a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, to supervise doctoral dissertations, and to participate actively in the life of the department. The appointee will be welcomed into a large university community that encourages interdisciplinary dialogue and is committed to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should provide a cover letter, CV, statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, and a writing sample. These materials and three letters of reference should be uploaded via Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/53831). If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Jessica Pattison (Executive Secretary, U-M Department of the History of Art) at (734) 615-8453 or histart-execsec@umich.edu. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2018. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Women and minority candidates and scholars demonstrably committed to working with diverse student populations are encouraged to apply.

A PhD is required prior to appointment.

NOTES:
Employer will assist with relocation costs.

About University of Michigan

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Two Academic Posts at University of Minnesota — App. Deadline Nov. 15, 2018

Descriptions here.

Position: Ellyn McColgan Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at Museum of Fine Arts/Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston seeks a promising and dynamic scholar in the fields of decorative arts and sculpture to become the Ellyn McColgan Assistant Curator in the Art of the Americas department. We look to hire a team-oriented colleague who will promote, interpret, build, and care for all aspects of this extensive collection, which encompasses art from North, Central, and South America, from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. The McColgan Assistant Curator will work with colleagues across the Museum to achieve the institution’s Strategic Plan goals, such as diversifying and reinterpreting the collection through targeted acquisitions, gallery displays, exhibition development, publications, presentations, and audience engagement.

Candidates should demonstrate excellent research, writing, and speaking skills, as well as the ability to manage complex projects effectively and to deepen relationships with donors and supporters. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and experience, as well as a willingness to gain new expertise. An interest in and commitment to exploring the changing nature of art museums and their relationship to the public is desirable.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

• Graduate degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) expected, with specialization in decorative arts and sculpture of the Americas, or related fields.

• Three to five years of experience in a museum or comparable institution.

• Demonstrated scholarly ability through publications, conference papers, or other activities.

• Demonstrated curatorial ability through exhibitions, gallery displays, programs or other activities.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

• Committed to collaboration with others both inside and outside the institution, and ability to make decisions to move plans and objectives forward.

• Strong sense of accountability for achieving stated objectives and demonstrable experience doing so.

• Evident experience working successfully with colleagues to achieve collective objectives in such areas as visitor experience, marketing, education and digital initiatives.

• An international perspective but experienced in becoming personally and professionally committed to an institution’s city, people and artistic community.

• Speaking and/or reading ability in Spanish, French, or other relevant foreign language.

Personal Qualities and Attributes:

• Intellectually rigorous

• Inspirational, passionate, curious

• Generous of spirit, a team player

• Superior judgment, tact and diplomacy, with good organizational skills

Application materials are being accepted immediately. For consideration, please submit your letter of interest and CV to: resumes@mfa.org. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

The MFA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates.


TYPE

Staff

STATUS

Full Time

POSTED

July 13, 2018

DEPARTMENT

Art of the Americas

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