The Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College invites applications for a Visiting Associate Professor specializing in Modern Art History (late eighteenth century to early twentieth century) to start August 1, 2019. The position is for one year, renewable up to three years.
The department seeks an innovative scholar whose pedagogical approach to European Modernism employs interdisciplinary methods that intersect comparatively with African, Caribbean and African American art histories. The ideal candidate brings global ideas, both historical and contemporary, into dialogue with the aforementioned art histories as well as American modernisms. Applicants are expected to be well versed in teaching critical theories and methodologies in Art History, such as critical race theory, gender and sexuality theory, post-colonial theory, and de-colonial strategies. Object-based pedagogies utilizing permanent collections and special exhibitions at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, the Robert W. Woodruff Library, and neighboring arts institutions are preferred as is research that intersects with the Innovation Lab. The appointment requires a 2/2 teaching load, including introductory and advanced level art history or curatorial studies courses. Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in art history, maintaining a well-articulated research and publication agenda, service to the department and the college, and contributions to the overall mission of the Atlanta University Center. The application deadline is midnight (EST) on January 3, 2019.
The Department of Art & Visual Culture offers majors and minors in art, documentary filmmaking and photography, a minor in art history and a curatorial studies program. Beginning fall 2019, art history will be offered as a major and curatorial studies as a minor. The initiative, established with a $5.4 million dollar grant from the Walton Family Foundation will position the Atlanta University Center as a leading incubator of African-American museum professionals in the United States.
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.