Assistant Professor, Art History – Art of the Ancient World

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar)

Art History Program

Position F15250

This full-time, 9-month position is at the rank of Assistant Professor, is non tenure-eligible, and begins August 10, 2019.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019

The Opportunity:

VCUarts Qatar ( seeks an art historian with specialization in the arts of any geographic area of the ancient world to teach undergraduate courses in support of the program’s Bachelor of Arts in Art History curriculum. Scholars whose research and teaching focus on relationships between and among multiple regions are of particular interest. The BA in Art History Program (, is based on the curriculum offered to students pursuing the corresponding degree program at VCUarts Qatar’s main campus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. It 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 between the Islamic World, the Western World and the non-Islamic cultures of Asia. Students are offered the opportunity to study the complexity of cultural interchange that has formed the basis of our increasingly globalized modern and contemporary world. It shifts a Western-oriented curriculum prevalent in most university Art History programs to one that encompasses a multi-cultural approach and takes the local, regional, and historical context of the Gulf region into consideration when designing curriculum and courses. In addition, the faculty member will contribute to the Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium in Islamic Art (, a leading international conference on Islamic art and architecture. This important symposium is co-sponsored by VCUarts, VCUarts Qatar, and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Planning is well-underway for the next Symposium which will be hosted in Doha, Qatar in November 2019. Held biennially since 2004, it has resulted in major publications co-authored by leading scholars and curators of Islamic art and architecture and dynamic contemporary artists from around the world.

VCUarts Qatar:

VCUarts Qatar is the international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (VCUarts). Located in Richmond, Virginia, VCUarts ( is the top-ranked public art school in the U.S. VCUarts Qatar was established in 1998 through a partnership with the Qatar Foundation and offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking; a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history; and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design. Located in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, VCUarts Qatar 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 38 countries.

VCUarts Qatar is dedicated to global outreach and education and provides students with an environment for cross-cultural exchange that fosters inquiry, discovery and innovation. Examples of this mission are the two significant international conferences hosted by VCUarts Qatar—the biennial design conference, Tasmeem and the biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art. VCUarts Qatar attracts globally recognized designers, artists and scholars while fostering partnerships within the region, and beyond, that enhance the educational, economic and cultural vitality of Qatar. Having established itself as a center of excellence for education and research, VCUarts Qatar has substantial involvement with the influential art and design world of the Middle East, and is a catalyst for the growth and development of these fields in the region.

VCUarts Qatar has 156 full-time faculty and staff and a student body of 361. VCUarts Qatar was the first campus established in Education City, a unique 2500-acre multiversity campus. VCUarts Qatar was joined by Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Carnegie-Mellon University, Texas A&M University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Northwestern University, HEC Paris and University College of London.

Qatar, with English as the standard second language, is a progressive country in the Arabian Gulf and remains one of the healthiest economies in the Gulf region. Doha offers all the conveniences found in a contemporary and cosmopolitan city, while honoring a rich tradition that is 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 U.S. Embassy considers Qatar among the safest countries in the world for Americans.


VCUarts ( offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in art history, art education, design, fine and performing arts, with a unique emphasis on creative immersion. Far more than receiving simply an education or preparation for a career; students leave VCUarts with the practical, professional and personal skills needed to make a life in the arts, no matter how they define it. That’s why VCUarts’ programs emphasize both doing and knowing: why the majority of its faculty are working artists and scholars; and why they encourage students to take advantage of the many academic and intellectual opportunities that come with being part of a research university. Today, VCUarts graduates can be found throughout the academic and professional fields and have been recognized with everything from Emmys to MacArthur Fellowships.

VCUarts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Virginia Department of Education, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education.

VCUarts is ranked as the #1 public university arts and design graduate school in the country by US News and World Report. The school is comprised of sixteen programs, has 166 full-time faculty, includes more than 3,000 students, and has become known as a pillar of artistic creation, expression, and scholarly research. Its emerging artists and scholars explore their potential and strive for high standards set by faculty members acknowledged for their inspiration and achievement.

Major Responsibilities:

This position is a 9-month non-tenure-eligible faculty position in the VCUarts Qatar Art History Program with an academic rank of Assistant Professor. Responsibilities include development and teaching of undergraduate courses in the Art History Program and across VCUarts Qatar in support of collaborative BA and BFA curriculum. Courses taught will include introductory surveys of World Art, as well as upper level art history courses in the faculty member’s area of specialization. Courses taught will change as demand requires, and will be at the discretion of the Program Director.

The faculty member is expected to provide leadership by mentoring students; fostering collaborative partnerships, curriculum, and research across Education City with university partners and Qatar Foundation Centers, as well as VCUarts and the broader VCU campus; secure external funding; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience, integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools; and generate national and international academic, community and scholarly partnerships, including relationships with museums in the Gulf region and those within the Qatar Museums organization (

The faculty member’s creative and research activity should make a significant contribution to a body of knowledge within the discipline of art history and reflect a high standard of quality. The faculty member must demonstrate an active professional career and scholarly activities should be related to the program’s curriculum and be consistent with and support the broader mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University. As a member of a community-oriented, tight-knit department and School, the faculty member will provide service to the department and School, such as serving as a peer reviewer, organizer of conferences and/or conference sessions, member of professional associations and/or providing professional service; directing and assisting with student, department and school-wide related activities; serving as an academic advisor; facilitation of student activities exhibitions; developing and fostering student internships; serving on School/University committees; and other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in Art History or a related field.
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience teaching at an undergraduate level English-language university setting is required.
  • A well-developed scholarly portfolio in area of specialization with the potential for multi-disciplinary applications and interest in developing external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written English, as all courses are taught in English.
  • Must have strong collaboration skills and demonstrate enthusiasm toward teaching and interacting within in a multicultural environment as a faculty member at VCUarts Qatar.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCUarts Qatar.
  • Grounding in current theoretical and methodological discourses, preferred.
  • Interest in engaging the history of the Gulf region and art collections in Qatar and the surrounding area, preferred.

Application Instructions:

VCUarts Qatar is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural and inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from all racial/ethnic, gender and social identities.

Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at

  • Letter of Interest that conveys relevant academic and professional experience and describes experiences and/or professional service that inform world views and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability;
  • Teaching Philosophy, 1 page;
  • Current CV/Resume;
  • Research Agenda, 1 page;
  • Portfolio of work— one or two sample publications. Due to file size limitations, the portfolio of work can be submitted as an accessible link in a PDF that points to a website or cloud storage (with access instructions) to view all work samples.
  • List of five professional references including names with titles and contact information (references will not be checked prior to candidates’ approval).

Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted.

The Letter of Interest + Teaching Philosophy + Research Statement should be submitted as a PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs; the CV/Resume and documentation of scholarly work, or referral to a web page, should be submitted as a PDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs; and the list of References should be submitted as a PDF in the “Other Document” section of eJobs.

For full consideration, applications are due by Friday, January 11, 2019

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