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Assistant Professor of Art History
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Date Posted Jan. 14, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of Art History
University The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN, United States
Department Department of Art
Application Deadline Preference will be given to applications received by February 11, 2022
Position Start Date August 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • Art History

The Department of Art at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invites applications for a 9-month Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Art History beginning August 1, 2022. Applicants must have a PhD in Art History or related field.

Ideal candidates will engage in contemporary art histories (late 20th and/or 21st century) of the global majority; however, applicants from all specializations are invited to apply. We seek candidates whose research and pedagogy demonstrate an integral commitment to anti-racism, decolonization, and/or global feminisms. We are especially interested in applications from members of under-represented groups including but not limited to women, persons of color, LGBTQ+, gender-nonconforming individuals, first generation college graduates, and people with disabilities.

The ideal candidate will collaborate with existing Art History faculty to redesign the undergraduate art history curriculum and create a vision for the growing BA in Art History major. As the majority of students in the Department of Art are currently studio art majors, the successful candidate will teach within a studio-centered curriculum while also contributing to the growth of the BA in Art History through meaningful service and recruitment efforts at the university level. Art History faculty are expected to teach survey courses in the history of art from a global and thematic perspective, focused regional and temporal surveys at the intermediate level, and advanced topics courses in their area(s) of expertise.

Salary is competitive and includes a full benefits package along with access to professional development funds within the department and competitive college- and university-level grants for research and professional development.

● A PhD in Art History or related field
● Ability to teach coursework in contemporary art
● A demonstrated record of teaching effectiveness
● An active research agenda
● Ability to collaborate as a member of a team
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA)
● A flexibility and eagerness to teach across the temporal and geographic spectrum, outside one’s primary and secondary fields of specialization

Preferred Qualifications
● Research focus in contemporary art of the global majority
● College-level teaching experience
● Mentorship of undergraduate students (both majors and nonmajors)
● Development of courses and participation in the curriculum revision process

Application Materials
To apply, please include the following materials combined as a single PDF file:
● A cover letter describing professional background and interest in the position (1-2 pages)
● CV
● Diversity statement that articulates an understanding of how structural inequities inform/affect the field of art history, details the candidate’s contributions toward supporting underrepresented groups and/or creating a supportive learning environment, and describes the candidate’s future DEIA goals as they relate to teaching, research, and/or service (1-2 pages)
● Teaching philosophy (1 page)
● Research statement (1 page)
● Example(s) of scholarly activity, e.g., excerpt(s) of a book chapter, journal article, and/or exhibition catalogue (not to exceed a total of 15 pages)
● Names and complete contact information for three references (references will only be contacted for finalists)

Review of applications will begin immediately, and preference will be given to applications received by February 11, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding the position can be directed to the chair of the committee Katie Hargrave at

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site. A link to the posting is available here:

About the Department
The Department of Art at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) has 16 full-time faculty and approximately 300 majors pursuing BA degrees in Art History, Studio Art, Art Education, as well as BFA degrees in Art with concentrations in Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Media Art, and Sculpture. UTC is an accredited member institution of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The Department of Art is housed in the newly renovated Fine Arts Center (2020) and in the recently renovated Bretske Hall (2014). These facilities house Mac computer labs, junior and senior studio spaces, a darkroom, a lighting studio, a wood and metal shop, seminar and lecture rooms for Art History, and studio classrooms for Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Photography and Media Arts, and Foundations.
The Fine Arts Center also houses the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at UTC, the first ICA in the state of Tennessee, inaugurated in Spring 2021. The ICA at UTC operates in conjunction with and in support of the Department of Art. The ICA is led by a full-time curator and director who coordinates an ambitious contemporary program of exhibitions and events. The department also programs The Apothecary, an experimental student-run gallery located within walking distance of the department’s primary facilities.

About the University
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second-largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. The UTC commitment-each and every day-is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga is the fourth largest city in the state. Chattanooga is home to artist-run spaces like Wavelength Space and Barking Legs Theatre, and cultural institutions such as the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and Chattanooga African American Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art, Stove Works, and Chattanooga Public Art Collection. Chattanooga is a two-hour drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Katie Hargrave
    Department of Art
    The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    615 McCallie Ave
    Mail Stop 1301
    Chattanooga, TN 37403


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