Position Number: F29090
Location: Doha, Qatar
Position Begins: August 12, 2014
Review of Applications Begin: The review of applications will begin November 30, 2013 and will continue until position is filled.
VCUQatar (www.qatar.vcu.edu) is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Fine Arts degrees in Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Painting & Printmaking; and, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Design Studies. Located in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, VCUQatar is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The current student body represents a diverse range of nationalities with students coming from more than 40 different countries.
VCUQatar strives to provide an engaged, learner-centered environment that fosters inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global setting. The university hosts the biennial international art and design conference Tasmeem Doha (http://www.tasmeemdoha.com) and supports the biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Islamic Art Symposium (http://www.islamicartdoha.org), attracting globally recognized scholars, designers, academics and thinkers while fostering sustainable, university-community partnerships that enhance the educational, economic and cultural vitality of Qatar. The university has substantial involvement with the emerging design industries and museum communities in Qatar and is a significant catalyst for that growth. It has established itself as a center of excellence for education and research in art and design.
VCUQatar has 131 full-time faculty and staff and a student body of 249. VCUQatar was the first campus established in Education City, a unique 2500-acre campus community. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Carnegie-Mellon University, Texas A&M University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Northwestern University, HEC Paris and UCL have since joined the Education City consortium.
Qatar is a liberal, hospitable and progressive country in the Arabian Gulf and remains one of the healthiest economies in the Gulf region. English is the standard second language and the population of Qatar is approximately 2 million and growing – 350,000 Qatari, the remainder expatriates. Doha offers all the conveniences found in a contemporary and cosmopolitan city, and also maintains a traditional Arab flavor, evident in the old markets and the city’s Islamic Arab architecture. The Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M.Pei opened in November 2008 and the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) opened in 2010. The US Embassy considers Qatar among the safest countries in the world for Americans.
VCU-Qatar Art History Program
The BA in Art History at VCU-Qatar is the only undergraduate degree program of its kind in the Gulf region and offers a distinctive concentration in Islamic art within a global perspective. The program is designed to focus on the interchange among the Islamic World, the Western World and the non-Islamic cultures of Asia. Such a degree offers students the opportunity to study the complexity of cultural interchange that has formed the basis of our increasingly globalized contemporary world. It shifts a Western-oriented curriculum prevalent in most university art history programs to one that encompasses a multi-cultural approach. This approach reflects the geographical location and historical involvement of Qatar, which since Antiquity has been part of international trade routes linking both the Central Islamic lands, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.
The Art History Program seeks a full-time 9-month faculty member at the Assistant Professor level to teach undergraduate art history courses in support of the BA in Art History curriculum. The program seeks a specialist in Contemporary Art, within the context of a global discourse. Candidates should have training in both contemporary Western art and non-Western visual cultures. We are especially keen to receive applications from scholars whose teaching and research interests focus on contemporary art of Arab world. Candidates with interest and experience in teaching museum studies, museum education, and exhibition strategies in a global context are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with the museums in Doha (Museum of Islamic Art, Museum of Modern Arab Art-Mathaf, the upcoming Qatar National Museum) and galleries in the region.
The teaching responsibilities will include the introductory surveys of World Art, as well as upper division art history courses in his/her areas of specialization. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of the program to develop courses in these areas to support the art history curriculum, and to build an interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching and research environment. The successful applicant must be committed to engage collaboratively with colleagues within the Art History program as well as across disciplines the various design and studio department at VCU-Qatar. An interest in exploring innovative pedagogic strategies in a culturally diverse context must be demonstrated.
Class sizes are small (typically 10-15:1 ratio). As teaching art history faculty work very closely with students, the successful candidate is required to maintain office hours to meet with students, serve as academic advisers to students, contribute to the function and educational objectives of the program, provide service to the university, the community in Qatar and the profession, and perform all other duties as assigned. The candidate is required to engage in the development and delivery of significant research, seek publication, and present at international conferences. Art history faculty members are also encouraged to liaise with museums within the Gulf area and facilitate exhibitions.
The successful candidate will join a team of highly collaborative and dynamic faculty members in the Art History Program. Courses offered within this program are consistent with those offered at the Virginia Commonwealth University – Monroe Park Campus in Richmond, Virginia, with the added benefit of a multicultural sensitivity consistent with living and teaching in Doha, Qatar. Our students come from many countries and cultures, as do the faculty and employee members of Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, so it is imperative successful candidates are able to interact and thrive in such a multicultural environment. The successful candidate will be committed to engaging collaboratively with colleagues in this diverse learning environment.
The Successful candidate must demonstrate scholarly and creative activity that makes a significant contribution to a body of knowledge within the arts, and reflect a high standard of excellence in teaching, research, and pedagogy. Excellence in research is evidenced by scholarly publications, conference presentations, invited talks, curatorial projects, and significant awards recognizing scholarly activity and output. This position will perform other duties as assigned.
• Doctoral degree in art history or related field is required.
• Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, with a minimum of three (3) years experience teaching at the undergraduate level English-language university settings is required.
• Established record of accomplishments in research or professional work in area of specialization strongly preferred.
• Must possess verbal and written fluency in English, as all courses are taught in English.
• Must have strong collaborative and communication skills, and demonstrate enthusiasm toward teaching and interacting within in a multicultural environment, as a faculty member at VCUQ
• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU and VCUQatar.
• Competitive international salary
• Tax protection for U.S. Taxpayers
• 30% Off-shore supplement to base salary
• Medical Insurance (100% employer funded premium and employer cost shared options available)
• Fully furnished villa or apartment including wireless internet
• Annual travel allowance to home of record (to include a spouse and dependents relocated to Qatar)
• Monthly transportation allowance
• Educational reimbursement for up to 4 dependent children enrolled in an accredited K-12 program
• International Professional Development and Research Opportunities
Application Process: Qualified applicants should submit electronically the following: Letter of interest; curriculum vitae; research statement; statement on teaching philosophy; sample syllabi, scholarly writing sample; unofficial transcripts and names of five references, including email and telephone contact information to VCUQatar eRecruit. Only Electronic submissions will be accepted.
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