The Art History Program in the University of Arizona’s School of Art invites applications for the position of assistant professor, tenure-track, with a research specialty in the history of photography. We are especially interested in candidates whose research takes a global perspective on the medium, and envision that this candidate’s contributions will complement the University’s existing strengths in photographic studies and practices, including a respected PhD program, a top-ranked MFA program and the distinguished history of photographic research and exhibition associated with the Center for Creative Photography.

The University of Arizona is a Research I institution. The standard teaching load is 2/2. The successful candidate will develop innovative curriculum at all levels, from general education survey courses to graduate seminars in their areas of expertise. Faculty teach and mentor undergraduate majors, MA and Museum Studies students, and PhD candidates in Art History. Faculty also regularly serve on the committees of studio MFA students.

Considering the University’s recent designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution and increasingly diverse student population, it is expected that the successful candidate will effectively demonstrate an ability to contribute to an inclusive learning environment for our students through teaching, mentorship and recruitment. To this end, we especially encourage applicants from groups historically underrepresented in academia.

The University offers rich opportunities for intellectual engagement outside the School of Art. The Center for Creative Photography, Arizona State Museum, and the University of Arizona Museum of Art reside on campus. There are also many academic programs, interdisciplinary research centers and cultural institutions that might complement the candidate’s area of specialization including Latin American Studies, American Indian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and East Asian Studies. The School of Art, part of the College of Fine Arts, is comprised of the Programs of Art and Visual Culture Education, Art History, Photography, 2D, 3D & Extended Media, Illustration & Design, and First Year Experience. With 35 full-time faculty and 14 staff and academic professionals, the School of Art serves approximately 500 undergraduate Art majors and 90 graduate students, and offers BA, BFA, MFA, MA and PhD degrees.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • • Actively publish and present research. Develop a national/international reputation as required for progress toward promotion and tenure.
    • Teach, advise, and mentor students in the BA/BFA, MA/MFA and PhD programs and in university general education courses.
    • Supervise graduate theses.
    • Undertake service responsibilities within the Program, School, College and University, and contribute service in the community and nationally/internationally.

  • Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • • Knowledge of candidate’s research field and its situation relative too broader histories of art
    • Ability to organize curriculum in the subject area at all levels
    • Ability to develop online curriculum
    • Knowledge of contemporary digital teaching tools and engagement techniques
    • Command of appropriate pedagogical skills in support of efficacious teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

  • Minimum Qualifications

  • • PhD in Art History or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment
    • Demonstrated potential for research excellence
    • Ability to teach courses at all levels in the Art History curriculum

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • • Record of publications and scholarly presentations
    • Interest/experience in photography curating and/or exhibition histories and strategies
    • Prior teaching experience at the university level
    • Experience in developing innovative approaches to curriculum, pedagogy and research
    • Demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and scholarship