The School of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky seeks applications for a full-time, regular title series, 9-month tenure eligible Assistant Professor in Art History and Visual Studies to begin August 2023. The successful candidate will teach two courses on modern or contemporary art, visual culture, or curatorial studies per semester, and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students in Art History & Visual Studies. Additionally, the hired faculty will be part of the team overseeing the growing Curatorial Studies MFA program with appropriate coursework, independent studies, mentorship of students, and administrative work. They will be expected to provide appropriate service to the school, college, and university.
The successful candidate will have a transnational perspective on art practice, preferably with a specialization in Asian, Middle Eastern, Native American, or Latin American Art. They should be theory-minded, incorporating into their research and teaching critical studies of ethnicity, race, caste, class, gender, and/or sexuality; colonialism, decolonization, globalization, migration, diaspora, and/or indigeneity; or institutional histories particularly those of contested and marginalized spaces. They will be able to develop new upper division courses in one or more of the following areas: curatorial practice, exhibition history, social practice, and community engagement; critical theory and methodologies of various forms of art writing; or histories of photography, video, digital media, and design. The candidate will complement current faculty specializations and actively develop an interdisciplinary art historical practice that stresses innovation in scholarship and pedagogy. The projected distribution of effort for this position is 40% teaching, 40% creative activity/research, and 20% service. The salary range for this position is $58,000-$62,000.
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. by the time of employment and have at least one year of teaching experience at the college level beyond graduate school. We seek a productive scholar and effective teacher specializing in global modern and contemporary art. Broadly defined curatorial experience is essential.
When prompted in the employment system, applicants will submit the following materials:
- Cover letter addressing your qualifications specific to this position
- Curriculum vitae
- Specific Request 1 - Research Statement
- Specific Request 2 - Teaching Philosophy and Diversity Statement
- Specific Request 3 - Two Course Syllabi
Please also include the names and contact information for three additional references when prompted in the application. This information may be used to solicit reference letters within the employment system and will not be solicited until applicants have achieved finalist status. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications received by January 9, 2023, will be assured full consideration.
The School of Art & Visual Studies is one of the largest programs of its kind in the southeast. The school is a leading center for the production and exhibition of cutting-edge art and housed in a state-of the art building, which features a purpose-built exhibition & performance space. The school’s art gallery, working in close collaboration with our endowed Visiting Artists & Scholar Program and the UK Art Museum, is the focus of the Curatorial Studies MFA.
The University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts thrives because we serve and honor individuals and communities with unique and distinct voices. The College intentionally supports an authentic environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion through artistic programming and curricula that explore and celebrate the experiences of those voices. Because we believe that the arts are essential to the life of the individual and the community, we actively facilitate wide-ranging creative expression among our faculty, staff, and student artists and commit to inclusivity in our hiring and recruiting of faculty, staff, and students. In alignment with our DEI commitment, we welcome and invite applicants who have a deep interest in advancing this mission and those who possess the skills and experience for this work. We encourage applications from members of all underrepresented groups as well as individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.). As a member of the state’s flagship institution, we pledge to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed and valued, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. Visit our website at: http://finearts.uky.edu
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