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Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History (One-Year Position)

April 01, 2019


Earlham College invites applications for a one-year position in the Art Department at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning in August 2019.

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. More than 60% of our students spend a semester or more off campus 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.

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.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teaching six courses per year, a two-semester global survey course and four additional mid-level and upper-level offerings.
  • Working closely 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

  • A Ph.D. in Art History or Visual Studies is required.
  • All areas of specialization will be considered. A concentration in Modern/Contemporary Art or the History of Craft is preferred.
  • An interest in teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts context is essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and mentor students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds would be especially desirable.
  • College-level teaching experience would be especially desirable.
  • Earlham seeks applicants who adopt a global approach in their teaching and research, and would particularly welcome scholars eager to contribute to the College’s interdisciplinary programs in Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies, African and African American Studies, Peace and Global Studies, or Museum Studies.
  • Earlham especially welcomes 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.

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 immediately.

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For more information, call 765-983-1410.

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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