JOB: Chair/African/African American/African Diasporic Art @ UPittsburgh

Andrew W. Mellon Chair (History of Art and Architecture Department)

The Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA) in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh seeks to appoint an accomplished historian of modern or contemporary African, African American, or African Diasporic art to the Andrew W. Mellon Chair, with a start date of September 1, 2022. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure. This endowed position provides an opportunity for its holder to undertake significant scholarly initiatives at the departmental, university, and extra-institutional level. It carries substantial research funds and a teaching load of three courses per year. Applicants are expected to have an accomplished record of research and teaching. The successful applicant will be asked to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise doctoral students, undertake service, and participate actively in the life of the department and university. We seek a colleague whose teaching, research, mentorship, and leadership will contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to departmental and university initiatives.

The History of Art and Architecture Department is based in the Frick Fine Arts Building on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus. We recognize that the University of Pittsburgh occupies the ancestral land of the Adena culture, Hopewell culture, and Monongahela peoples, who were later joined by refugees of other tribes (including the Delaware, Shawnee, and Haudenosaunee), driven here from their homelands by colonizers. 17 full-time faculty members work together to serve the needs of our approximately 30 PhD students; post-baccalaureate Hot Metal Bridge diversity fellows; the 200 majors and minors in our programs in Architectural Studies, the History of Art and Architecture, and Museum Studies; and the hundreds of undergraduate students who enroll in our courses to fulfill General Education requirements. Our faculty includes specialists in the art and architecture of the Americas, East and South Asia, the Islamic Near East, and Europe, across centuries. Our interpretative approaches and lines of inquiry find intersections within our Constellations working groups on Agency, Environment, Identity, Mobility & Exchange, Temporalities, and Visual Knowledge. Our interest in the history of exhibitions and museums finds expression in our research, activities related to the Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh consortium, and our Museum Studies major and minor. The University Art Gallery, Visual Media Workshop, and Fine Arts Library, all of which are housed within the Frick Fine Arts Building, function as situated learning environments for department members. The appointment of a senior scholar of modern or contemporary African, African American, or African Diasporic art will both strengthen and help connect our research and teaching missions at a crucial inflection point within the history of the department, the University, and the discipline.

To apply, visit join.pitt.edu. The requisition number for this position is 21006726. 

Applications should include:• Cover letter addressed to Prof. Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Chair, HAA Department, that discusses the applicant’s approaches to research, teaching, and mentoring (of peers, graduatestudents, and undergraduates).• Current CV. Please include a list of students mentored and courses taught.• Diversity statement of 1–2 pages, in which you share how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Chair, HAA Department (mrr55@pitt.edu) or Karoline Swiontek, Administrative Officer, HAA Department (karoline@pitt.edu).

Duties• Teach 3 (3-credit) courses (undergraduate and graduate) in the History of Art and Architecture per academic year• Meet with undergraduate and graduate students beyond the classroom as may be appropriate to their educational needs• Direct and serve on PhD committees in the History of Art and Architecture Department• Carry out departmental and university service by way of, for instance, mentoring, participating on committees, and leading select initiatives

Minimum Requirements• PhD in the history of art, architecture, or a closely related field• Record of publications demonstrating original insight and sustained engagement with innovative methodological approaches• An active, forward-looking research agenda in the fields of modern or contemporary African, African American, or African Diasporic art• Demonstrated excellence in university-level teaching in the history of art, architecture, or a closely related field • An openness to innovative pedagogical practices• Commitment to the values of equity, inclusion, accessibility, and diversity• Commitment to departmental and university citizenship

Preferred Requirements• Experience teaching graduate-level courses and directing or serving on PhD committees• Experience mentoring faculty colleagues• Interest in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice• Record of university and/or disciplinary service• Potential to engage collaboratively on strategic initiatives

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

JOB: Department of Art, Art History, and Design Chairperson @ Michigan State University

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) presents an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader to reimagine and advance art and design research and education at Michigan State University. The new Chair will be forward-looking, catalyzing creativity and innovation within the department, and across the college, university, and wider community, to raise the profile of AAHD. The ideal candidate will demonstrate evidence of collaborative engagement and a commitment to excellence in disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, along with the management, interpersonal, and communication skills required to administer the department’s diverse programs and to advocate effectively for its students, faculty, and staff across all fields. The new Chair will be committed to shared governance, will foster an environment that promotes diversity, inclusivity, collegiality, and transparency, and will have a record of success with strategic planning, budget management, recruitment, and guiding faculty through tenure and promotion processes.

 Department of Art, Art History, and Design

AAHD (http://art.msu.edu) is home to more than fifty faculty and staff members, including thirty tenure-system faculty. Many faculty participate in interdisciplinary initiatives in and beyond the College of Arts and Letters, such as the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Experience Architecture, Digital Humanities, Arts and Cultural Management, Museum Studies, Film Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, as well as Asian, African, African and African American, and Global Studies. Additional opportunities for programming and partnerships include the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the MSU Museum, MATRIX, the Abrams Planetarium, the MSU Main Library, the MSU Archives, and several departments and colleges across this extensive Research 1 university.

Serving over 500 majors, AAHD offers a wide range of degree programs: BA and BFA in Studio Art (ceramics, electronic arts and intermedia, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture); BFA in Graphic Design; BA and BFA in Apparel and Textile Design; BA in History of Art and Visual Culture; BFA in Art Education; and MFA in Studio Art (ceramics, electronic arts and intermedia, graphic design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture). An active visiting artist and scholar lecture series brings a group of internationally renowned artists, designers, critics, and scholars to campus each year, accompanied by the Bridge program (http://bridge.art.msu.edu) and the new Critical Race Studies Artist in Residence.

MSU leads the nation in study abroad and study away participation among public universities and AAHD faculty lead programs in Austria, China, France, Greece, Italy, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, as well as in New York and Chicago. 

Michigan State University

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, and a member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with seventeen degree granting colleges. Hosting a student population of more than 50,000, including nearly 11,300 graduate and professional students from all 50 states and from more than 130 countries, the MSU community is multicultural and multinational. The campus is located in East Lansing, a cosmopolitan university town adjacent to Lansing (the state capital), and is 80 miles from Detroit and 210 miles from Chicago. 

Appointment & Qualifications

This is a 12-month position with an initial 5-year appointment commencing August 1, 2018. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Candidates must be external to MSU and have credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. Candidates must also have a terminal degree in an appropriate field of art, art history, or design, and significant administrative experience — preferably, as Chairperson, Director, Associate Dean, Dean, or equivalent. 

Application Procedures

Review of applications will begin January 29, 2018 and continue until the position fills. All applications for this position must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State University Human Resources website: http://careers.msu.edu (posting #483112). Qualified applicants should submit:

  1. A letter expressing interest in the position and describing qualifications and experience;
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. Evidence of creative and/or scholarly work;
  4. A document summarizing experience with diversity in the classroom and/or past research and administrative endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence (http://inclusion.msu.edu);
  5. Email addresses of 4 potential referees.

For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Candace M. Keller, at kellercm@msu.edu.

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

The College of Arts & Letters at MSU recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture that actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.