Assistant Professor and Director of UWM Art Collection and Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Posting Details

Position Number 02189740
Division B48 College of Letters and Science
Department B4831 ART HISTORY
Position Type Faculty
Appointment Type Tenure Track Faculty
FLSA Status Exempt
Percent 100
Posting Type Faculty
Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program) The Department of Art History is home to an undergraduate major and minor in Art History, as well as a graduate program (MA) in Art History with two available tracks (Thesis and Curatorial); the department also runs a highly-successful internship program with established connections to many area institutions (Chipstone Foundation, Haggerty at Marquette, Milwaukee Art Museum, etc.). Finally, the department also collaborates with several University Certificate Programs (e.g., Asian Studies, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, etc.). Art History currently has 7 full-time Faculty, 2 Lecturers, and an Academic Department Associate. In addition, in support of its stewardship of the UWM Art Collection and the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery, the Department also has a full-time Associate Curator, in addition to the Director position currently under search. Over the last decade, faculty in the department have been awarded over a million dollars in research funding and published more than 150 books, articles and essays.
The department has roughly 30 majors, 30 minors, and 15 graduate students. At their respective levels of inquiry, both the undergraduate and graduate curricula offer students a wide selection of courses in both the Western and Non-Western traditions. Many of these courses deal with the careers of famous artists as Michelangelo, Picasso, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Others explore the art and archaeology of ancient civilizations or examine current trends in art and cinema. Graduates follow a variety of career paths, including education, museum or gallery work, art dealer, arts administrator, art appraiser, and historic preservation. Other students choose to branch out into related fields that require a broad knowledge of culture and communication methods such as journalism, law, marketing, interior design, and library science. As noted above, the Department of Art History serves as the steward of the UWM Art Collection, which encompasses 7,600 objects – Western and Non-western art, ancient to contemporary, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, decorative arts, sculpture and furniture. Particularly noteworthy are the collection’s sizeable group of late-Byzantine icons, a remarkably singular collection in the Milwaukee area, as well as its substantial number of eighteenth-century prints. Equally impressive is the collection’s African ethnographic collection and 20th century art including paintings, drawings and prints by significant artists including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexei von Jawlensky, Joan Miro, Georges Roualt, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and others. Such diversity in the collection is beneficial in providing valuable educational material for students. As such, the collection serves the UWM community as a whole and students in particular who benefit from its use by teachers as a key pedagogical tool for the instruction of art and its history. The collection also serves as a research engine for graduate theses and exhibitions, as well as for ongoing collaborative study by faculty. In 2017, the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery, a state-of-the-art 2,400 square feet exhibition space, opened and will serve UWM and broader Milwaukee community through its programming.

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Job Summary The Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art History, who will also serve as Director of the UWM Art Collection (UWMAC) and the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery, beginning August 2018. Full-time duties will be divided between research and teaching (50%) and the administration of the UWMAC and Mathis Art Gallery (50%), which are under the stewardship of the Department of Art History. Ph.D. in Art History or related field required. The specialization is open; however, we seek a candidate who will expand, but not overlap with, the research and instructional areas already represented by faculty in the department. Within these general parameters, preference will be given to candidates whose specialization also complements the strengths of the UWMAC, which includes significant holdings in African art, Greek and Russian icons, modern German Art, and, more generally, works-on-paper. The Director of the UWM Art Collection and Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery manages all aspects of the gallery’s physical space and programming, as well as ensure the proper care, documentation, research and publication, exhibition, and growth (through donor-based acquisitions) of the UWMAC. The Director supervises the Associate Curator of the UWMAC, student employees, interns, and volunteers. The Director will assume leadership in integrating the UWMAC within the pedagogical programming of the Department of Art History and UWM, but also help promote the public service mission of UWM through outreach in the local community. Finally, the Director serves as the principal liaison with the UWM Office for Development & Alumni Relations and the UWM Foundation in support of monetary and in-kind donations and administers dedicated endowed funds (in excess of $150,000.00) and other spending accounts associated with the display, maintenance, and expansion (through acquisition) of the collection.
Candidates should demonstrate sustained research and a clear publication agenda. Preference will be given to candidates with more than two years combined experience in at least two of the following areas: museum curation and programming, collections management, fundraising (including grant writing), donor-based acquisitions, and teaching. The teaching load will be one course per semester; we especially seek candidates who can teach the second half of our museum studies sequence, ARTHIST 704, which focuses on curatorial practice and culminates in a student-led exhibition. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in her/his area of specialization, supervise students in our MA program, and perform departmental service, albeit in recognition of the workload distribution between research, teaching, and collection/gallery administration described above. Salary is competitive; summer compensation also available.
Minimum Qualifications •Ph.D. in Art History or Related field

•At least one year teaching experience (beyond graduate teaching assistantships)

•At least one year experience in museum curation and programming and/or collections management

Preferred Qualifications •Evidence of sustained research through publication and potential for high scholarly productivity

•Evidence of significant teaching experience in Art History and related fields

•Demonstrates ability to teach ARTHIST 704: Introduction to Art Museum Studies II

•Specialization expands current dept. areas w/out overlap; complements strengths of UWM Art Collection

•Evidence of significant experience in art collection management, exhibition, and/or programming

•Demonstrates experience with fundraising (including grant writing), and donor relations

Application Instructions Applicants should submit (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) recent publication.

Additionally, as part of our application process, we are requesting 3 letters of reference. Please provide the names and email addresses for your references in the Reference Letter section of the employment application. Upon submission of your application, an automated email will be generated and sent to your references with instructions on how to attach the reference letter to your application through a confidential on-line portal.

Please refer all questions to Professor Counts (

Please upload into the online application the cover letter (upload under “cover letter”), vita (upload under “curriculum vitae”), and recent publication (upload under “other document 1”).

This is a continuous recruitment. Review of applications will begin on April 9, 2018. Applications received after April 8, 2018 may not receive consideration.

Application Deadline
Continuous (Open Until Filled?) Yes
If Continuous, Initial Review Date 04/09/2018
Position Contact Name Derek B. Counts
Contact Phone 414-229-3466
Contact Email
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