Full Time Tenure Track Art History Position – Drake University

Department Summary:

The Department of Art and Design at Drake University offers undergraduate programs to students interested in pursuing careers in the creative visual arts. We provide Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in Art History, Studio Art, and Graphic Design, as well as Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in Studio Art and Graphic Design. Our small but ambitious department prides itself on having a highly accomplished faculty dedicated to providing personalized experiences for our students. From classwork to mentoring to internships, we guide students to incorporate their individual interests and values into their education and career goals. Our courses are designed to encourage curiosity and emphasize responsible artistic engagement, fostering our students’ involvement in collaborative projects with campus and community organizations and with Drake University’s Anderson Gallery. Our department values the pursuit of knowledge, critical thinking, and intellectual curiosity. We are committed to fostering a diverse, collaborative and supportive environment for both faculty and students. We believe in the power of art and design to shape society and influence cultural dialogue. Join us as we work to inspire and educate the next generation of artists, scholars, and creative thinkers. More information about our department can be found here: https://www.drake.edu/art-design/.

Job Summary/What to Expect:

The Department of Art and Design at Drake University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in art history beginning Fall 2024. The successful candidate will have training and experience in both art history and museum/curatorial studies, with expertise in global contemporary art history. A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion is essential. Our dynamic department encompasses art history, studio art, and graphic design programs and maintains a permanent gallery space with an active exhibition schedule (https://andersongallery.wp.drake.edu/). Teaching responsibilities encompass a teaching load of 3 courses per semester (3/3 load) and include introductory art history courses, courses in an area of expertise, and helping to develop and contribute to the development of a new minor in curatorial studies. Additional responsibilities include service to the department, college, and university, advising, and externalizing scholarship. The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in art history or museum studies. While 1-3 years of teaching and curatorial experience is preferred, we also welcome applications from exceptional early-career scholars.

Minimum Qualifications:

A.B.D. in art history or museum studies

Evidence of effective and engaging teaching

Interest in the development and implementation of a curatorial studies minor

A sound strategy for engaging in external scholarly activities

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in art history or museum studies

1-3 years of teaching experience

1-3 years of curatorial experience

Expertise in global contemporary art history.

The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Review of Applications Begins: 

For full consideration, apply by October 16, 2023. The position will remain posted until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

To apply for this position, please include:

(1) a letter detailing your experience qualifying you for the position

(2) a curriculum vitae

(3) a teaching philosophy

(4) a 1-2 page diversity statement

(5) sample syllabi/curating documentation, if available

(6) a list of three references, including current email addresses and phone numbers.

Selection will depend on the receipt of recommendation confirming the candidate’s scholarly achievements and teaching abilities and/or on the candidate’s satisfactory passing a teaching demonstration if selected for an on-campus interview. All job offers are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check, satisfactory reference checks, and proof of work authorization.


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