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Assistant Professor of Art History

Institution: Western Washington University
Location: Bellingham, Washington
Faculty-Liberal Arts-History
Posted: 11/10/2014
Application Due: 01/01/2015
Type: Fulltime

About the Position: The Art History Program at Western Washington University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in African Art/Architectural History, to begin September 2015.  Specific focus within the geographical area is open, but the successful candidate must be able to teach broadly, including two annually taught surveys, upper division courses in African art and visual culture, and seminars on theory and methodology. A Ph.D. in contemporary African art/architectural history, visual culture or African diasporic art, as well as ability to teach surveys in pre-modern and modern art and upper-division courses in Gender Studies and/or Museum Studies, is very desirable.
About the College/Department: Western Washington University, located approximately a 1-1/2 hour drive from Vancouver and Seattle, enjoys a strong reputation for its quality teaching and comprehensive program offerings. The Art History program seeks self-motivated individuals whose teaching and scholarship address current trans-global and intercultural exchanges. We are invested in transcultural and non-western artistic traditions, as well as in the incorporation of global practices as requirements in the B.A. curriculum. Prospective candidates must show a willingness to develop innovative courses that contribute to and enhance our small but unique program, which is part of the Art Department, one of four departments in the College of Fine and Performing Arts.


The Art Department strives to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourages applications from diverse candidates. The department currently offers study abroad courses in Italy (in conjunction with the Venice Biennale) and Japan. Professors within the department also recently introduced courses on Islamic art and indigenous American visual culture, and one Honors course entitled “Art and Ecology.” The department has invited speakers from local Northwest communities as well and in Winter 2015 will host a series of talks on contemporary indigenous Pacific Northwest Coast art. In Spring 2015, the Western Gallery will host an exhibition and speaker series featuring artists from across the Americas, such as Alicia Candiani from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Navajo artist Melanie Yazzie, and Miguel Rivera from Mexico. 

The University’s physical environment is also rich in artistic diversity. The campus features the Western Gallery, two student operated galleries and an internationally acclaimed Sculpture Collection including the works of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Anthony Caro, Mark di Suvero, Lloyd Hamrol, Donald Judd, Robert Maki, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Isamu Noguchi, Tom Otterness, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra, George Trakas, and Do Ho Suh. There are twelve full-time faculty members in the Department of Art: one Art Education and seven Art Studio faculty members, and four Art Historians.
Position Responsibilities:

Total teaching load is six courses per academic year, with a one-course release the first year.

  • Teach two annual lower division survey courses; upper division classes in African Art; and advanced undergraduate seminars in specialty and secondary fields

  • Teach seminars in art history methodologies and critical thinking

  • Maintain level of scholarship outlined in departmental guidelines

  • Participate in student advisement

  • Participate in departmental, college and university committee work and governance activities

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in African Art/Architectural History or related field by August 2015

  • Evidence of successful teaching in art history/visual culture at the university level

  • Evidence of scholarly research, presentation and publication in art history/visual culture

  • Knowledge of critical and postcolonial theory

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Specialty in Contemporary African Art/Architectural History, Contemporary African Visual Culture, or Contemporary African Diasporic Art

  • Secondary field in Gender Studies and/or Museum Studies

  • Ability to teach surveys in pre-modern and modern art

  • Upper-division teaching experience in art history/visual culture at the university level

Academic Emphasis: Art History
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: All applications must be submitted electronically via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at http://www.wwu.edu/jobs.  Applications should include: (1) a letter of intent addressing the qualifications above; (2) curriculum vita, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, including an account of how your experiences (academic or non-academic) have prepared you to effectively teach an increasingly diverse student body; (4) teaching evaluations; (5) syllabi of courses taught at the university level, (6) writing sample(s), and (7) names and contact information for five references.
Other Information: Follow Western Employment on Facebook and WWUEmployment on Twitter
Job Posted: 10/31/2014
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins January 1, 2015; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 141283
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); EOO.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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