Art History | Assistant Professor, Americanist with specialty in African American Art and Visual Culture

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Position F26340
Full-time Tenure Track 9-month position beginning August 16, 2017
Application Deadline: January 2, 2017

The Opportunity:

One of 16 nationally recognized programs in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts), the Department of Art History seeks an Assistant/Associate Professor to join its community of faculty, students, artists, curators and museum professionals. In addition to an undergraduate curriculum, the department offers two MA concentrations, in Historical Studies and Museum Studies, and two PhD concentrations, in Historical Studies and Curatorial Studies. We embrace interdisciplinary approaches for producing historically and culturally grounded interpretations of artworks. The department has a close relationship with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, located a mile from campus ( We also work with departments in VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences ( and participate actively in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Media, Art, and Text (

VCU is an ethnically and culturally diverse urban public institution with an enrollment of over 32,000, including more than 3,000 students in VCUarts ( VCUarts is on the university’s Monroe Park campus situated in Richmond’s historic Fan District. Richmond is located in central Virginia, 100 miles south of Washington, D.C.  The VCU Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl, is slated to open in 2017 and will be dedicated to flexible and responsive exhibitions and performances ( VCUQatar (, the university’s first international branch campus, is located in Doha, Qatar and serves students from more than 25 nationalities in design, visual arts, and art history.

Description & Major Responsibilities:

Americanist with specialization in African-American Art and Visual Culture of the 19th and/or 20th Centuries. Develop and maintain active research agenda of publications and conference participation. Teach four courses per year including undergraduate lectures and seminars in American Art and graduate seminars in research area for MA and PhD students. Advise MA qualifying papers and direct doctoral dissertations. Service at the department, school, and/or university levels.  

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Art History or a related field
  • Minimum three years teaching experience
  • The faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. If hired at the Associate Professor level, the faculty member will be required to have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.
  • The faculty member must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years teaching experience at the university or college level beyond graduate school
  • Grounding in current theoretical and methodological discourses
  • Interest in engaging the history of the Mid-Atlantic region and art collections in Richmond and the surrounding area
  • Familiarity with and/or experience in Digital Art History

Application Process:

Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at

  • Letter of Application
  • CV
    • CV should include at least five professional references familiar with the applicant’s record as an instructor, and/or scholar, including names, addresses, and phone numbers. No letters at this time. References will not be contacted prior to candidates’ approval.
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Research Agenda
  • One or two sample publications

Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted.

The Letter of Application should be submitted as a PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs; the CV + Research Agenda + Teaching Philosophy should be submitted as one PDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs; and the Sample Publications should be submitted as one PDF in the “Other Document” section in eJobs, or provide a link to a website in a PDF with the publications in the “Other Document” section.

Applications are due January 2, 2017.

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