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Assistant Professor in African Art History (Tenure-Track)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Oct. 6, 2021
Title Assistant Professor in African Art History (Tenure-Track)
University University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL, United States
Department School of Art + Design
Application Deadline Nov. 12, 2021
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • Art History

Assistant Professor in African Art History
School of Art & Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Art History Program in the School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Art History beginning August 16, 2022.

We seek candidates with an area of specialization in African visual and material cultures broadly defined, with a preference for those who can teach across historical periods, especially before 1900. Scholars whose innovative research and teaching engage with critical interdisciplinary methods and transcultural approaches are especially welcomed. A Ph.D. in Art History or a related discipline by the start of the appointment is required.

The qualified candidate will join an interdisciplinary faculty and contribute to our curriculum by developing both general and specialized undergraduate courses for majors and non-majors, as well as research-area focused seminars for graduate students. Teaching responsibilities include a 2/2 teaching load across two semesters. These typically include at least one introductory course, one advanced undergraduate art history seminar, and a graduate seminar. Existing courses are viewable at the following website:

The successful candidate will mentor students at all levels, supervise Ph.D. and M.A. dissertation/ thesis work, while contributing to the overall vitality of the program, school and university through active outreach with other campus units, and participation in various committees.

The Art History Program
The Art History Program consists of seven full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members, plus lecturers and affiliated faculty. Degrees offered include the B.A. and B.F.A, as well as the M.A. and Ph.D. Graduate courses in Art History also support graduate minors in Museum Studies and Medieval Studies. The University Library is the largest among publicly supported educational institutions in the country. There are two university museums, the Krannert Art Museum ( and the Spurlock Museum ( Faculty of the Art History Program actively collaborate with other university units such as the Illinois Global Institute. This institute houses the Center for African Studies, the Center for Global Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, the Center for South Asian and Middle East Studies, and the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, among other cross-disciplinary area studies units. Faculty also engage with Gender and Woman’s Studies, Humanities Research Institute, the Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Center, and the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory. Additional information about the Art History Program and other faculty areas can be found at:….

University of Illinois
As a part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois, the School of Art + Design offers ready opportunity for collaborations with Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for Performing Arts, and with active departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Dance, Theater, and Music.

The University of Illinois is strongly international, and recognized for excellence in the Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and the Arts. Champaign‐Urbana is located in East Central Illinois, within short driving distance to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit: for the University, for the College, and for the School.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Application Procedures
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 12, 2021. Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no decision will be made until after that date. Please create your candidate profile at (Job ID 153733). Complete submissions must include the following:
1. A letter of application
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Scholarly writing sample
4. List of three references – online application will require names and contact information for three references.
Please clearly title all files using your last name and the contents ("lastname_curriculum_vitae" or "lastname_ltr_of_applic")

For additional information regarding the position, please contact:

Professor Oscar E. Vázquez
School of Art & Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
408 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
+1 (217) 333-0855

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

  • The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

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Contact Information

  • Shanitera Walker
    School of Art + Design
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    408 East Peabody Drive
    Champaign, IL 61801
  • 217-300-2878


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