Assistant Professor of Art History/Visual Culture, University of Idaho (Moscow, ID)
Monday, December 18, 2017 05:30 PM

Job Description 

The University of Idaho’s Art + Design program seeks applications for a full-time Assistant Professor in Art History/Visual Culture. The College of Art & Architecture welcomes a dedicated professional with a broad understanding of the discipline to play an active role in the collaborative culture of our faculty. Field of specialization and sub-fields are open, but a successful candidate will engage in successful interdisciplinary and/or collaborative research program commensurate with the University’s long-term strategic goals. The candidate will provide general curriculum in art history and visual culture studies, contributing to the University’s general education needs, and s/he will further engage in the training and mentoring of graduate students in our MFA program. The start date is Fall 2018.

Position Responsibilities

Teaching and Advising: The Art Historian position plays an integrated role supporting the BFA Studio Art & Design, BA Art, BS in Secondary Education/Art Degree, and MFA Art degrees. Duties of this 2-3 teaching load include coursework addressing art history and visual culture disciplines. The faculty member will aid in the evolution of innovative Art + Design curriculum at both undergraduate and graduate levels, support students through academic advising and function as a member of graduate committees. S/he attends regular faculty meetings and contributes to the collegiality of the department.

Scholarship and Creative Activities: Tenure-track faculty are expected to maintain an active research agenda for future tenure consideration. This focused research program must follow at least one of the following models of creative scholarly validation:

  • Discovery (publication of historical, theoretical, artistic research, etc.)
  • Teaching/learning (scholarly writing, paper presentations relating to pedagogy)
  • Outreach/Application/Engagement (validated by peer reviewed publication)
  • Artistic Creativity (curation & exhibition record, publications of visual work)

University Service and Leadership: Faculty members contribute to the shared governance of university, college and/or department committees.

Outreach and Extension: Faculty members provide support for CAA & UI outreach.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Art History and/or Visual Culture
  • 1 year of teaching experience at the university level outside of graduate teaching experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge to cover course content in Art History/Visual Culture courses.
  • Evidence of research/creative scholarly activities OR Active Research Agenda
  • Commitment to work in a culturally diverse environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commitment to engaging, innovative pedagogy in Art History and/or Visual Culture 
  • 2 years or more teaching experience at college level outside of graduate teaching experience.
  • Ability to teach diverse student backgrounds

Application Process

Application must be submitted online:

Deadline: January 31, 2018. Review of Applications will begin on January 15, 2018. Priority will be given to applicants who submit by this date. The online Application process requires applicants to submit the following:

Applicant Documents:

  1. Letter of Interest addressing qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of scholarly focus/ creative research
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy 
  5. A sample of scholarly work*
  6. List of 5 references (at least 3 representing higher-education, please include names, titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses and brief statement on your professional relationship)
  7. Scan of terminal degree transcript
  8. Sample syllabi/course materials
  9. Evidence of effective teaching such as teaching evaluations/sample student work 

*Special Instructions to Applicants: Included in list of required Applicant Documents, Applicants must submit a sample/portfolio of scholarly work that is comprised of text and/ or images into one organized, web resolution .pdf that informs the committee of focus in scholarship and creative activities.

Representatives from the University of Idaho will be attending the Annual College Art Association Meeting February 21-24, 2018 in Los Angeles and will conduct preliminary interviews there or through Skype. If you plan to attend CAA, please let us know in your Letter of Interest.

Context: Art + Design at the University of Idaho offers programming that focus on Fine Art and Design supported by 9 full-time faculty and 2-3 part-time lecturers. It enrolls approximately 120 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate students. 

As a program within the College of Art & Architecture (CAA), Art + Design offers courses that serve degree programs including BFA in Studio Art & Design, BA in Art, BS in Secondary Education/Art Degree, and MFA in Art as well as minors seeking other degrees in CAA. The University of Idaho, the land-grant university of the state of Idaho, is a residential campus of 12,000 students.  The University is situated in the center of the town of Moscow, Idaho. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Palouse, Moscow has an active arts commission that promotes the thriving cultural scene with festivals, gallery openings, art education programs, concerts, theater, dance and more. 

The University of Idaho has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, human rights, multiculturalism and community. The University expresses that commitment by actively recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body, and by building and sustaining a welcoming, supportive campus environment. The University of Idaho provides outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity and building community. 

EEO Statement: The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V