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Assistant Professor of Art History (Tenure-Track)

September 12, 2019


Earlham College invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in the Art Department at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2020.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Responsibilities include teaching six art history courses per year: a two-semester global survey and four additional mid-level and upper-level offerings. The curriculum in art history serves the needs of majors in studio art and art history, as well as the general education curriculum of the college. Responsibilities include close work with students and working cooperatively with members of the Art, Music, and Theatre Arts faculties in furthering the cause of the arts in the College.

Experience & Qualifications

PhD (or ABD) in Art History or a closely-related field is strongly preferred.  A concentration in Modern/Contemporary Art or the History of Craft is preferred. We seek applicants who adopt a global approach in their teaching and research and who are conversant with visual studies, material culture, and critical race theory.  We would particularly welcome scholars eager to contribute to the college’s many transdisciplinary programs, such as: Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies; African and African American Studies; Peace and Global Studies; Japan Studies; or Museum Studies. College-level teaching experience, and a demonstrated ability to teach and mentor students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, would be especially desirable. An interest in teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts context is essential. We especially welcome applicants who are sympathetic to Quaker values, including a commitment to social justice, educational equity, and respect for all persons. Candidates who bring experience that will contribute to the diversity of the college are strongly encouraged to apply.

Institutional & Departmental Information

Earlham College is a small liberal arts college in Richmond, Indiana, with about 1000 students. Recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs, the college attracts a student body that is national and international in composition. The Art Department at Earlham College is unique among liberal arts schools, due to its emphasis on experiential learning within both the craft and fine art traditions. This program depends upon the Art History position to provide a foundational background for both. Along with Art majors, many students who are non-majors take studio art and art history courses at all levels and often are the majority of students in the class.

Each Art major chooses art history, ceramics, drawing, metalsmithing & 3D fabrication, painting, photography, or fibers as an area of focus. In addition to building competency in a focus, all Art majors take a variety of studio and art history courses and complete an internship. Their senior capstone project generally leads to a group exhibition or the presentation of a research paper.

Art students take advantage of Earlham’s many off-campus programs. Over 60% of our students spend a semester or more in a variety of places such as London, Japan, and New Zealand. Each year, several students spend a semester in an internship or apprenticeship in New York City, under the auspices of the NY Arts Program (operated by Ohio Wesleyan and the GLCA). Earlham also offers a semester of intense studio practice at Penland School of Craft.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a teaching statement, and a 300-500 word statement describing your ability to contribute to the advancement of Earlham’s goals of being a diverse and inclusive institution. Review of applications will commence on November 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.  For information, call 765-983-1410. Email materials to:

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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