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Assistant Teaching Professor/Art History

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
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Assistant Teaching Professor - Art History

College of Visual & Performing Arts

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Position: Faculty, full-time

The Department of Art Education, Art History, & Media Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts seeks an Assistant Teaching Professor of Art History with a specialization in Modern/Contemporary Art. The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking scholar and educator with strong intellectual and leadership skills. The new faculty member will join a vibrant, practice-based department; One integrated with our studio and design areas, with access to art exhibition space.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts aims to be a transformative cultural community, responding to and generating dialogue in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, the College seeks to empower students and faculty to engage fearlessly with a changing world through critical study, creative practice, and interdisciplinary collaborations. The ideal candidate will combine history, theory, and practice, enabling emerging artists, historians, educators, and curators to step into and engage with a radically changing world.


  • Teach a 4-4 load of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including art history survey courses, upper-level courses, and graduate seminars. This may also include a General Education Humanities course.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students and supervise undergraduate majors.
  • Contribute to curriculum design, program development, and program outreach.
  • Actively participate in our learning community.
  • Contribute service to the university and profession.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Art History or a related field at the time of appointment.
  • Ability to teach courses on art since 1945 in a global context.
  • Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances open intellectual discourse and the well-being of all in the context of cultural pluralities and differences.
  • Evidence of capacity to collaborate with faculty from other disciplines and staff collegially.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Research and teaching expertise in one of the following: media arts, non-Euro/US art histories, arts management. 
  • Teaching experience as the instructor of record at the university level.
  • Record of excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate teaching.
  • Successful experience with innovative or cross-disciplinary curricula.
  • Engagement with curatorial practice.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by February 1, 2024.  Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. 

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Massachusetts online application system at Employment opportunities at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth | Recent Jobs (umassd.edu)

Online applications must include the following:

  • A detailed letter of application that explains how you match the qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • One writing sample.
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

The search committee may request additional materials at a later time.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

For more information about this position, qualifications, and how to apply, please navigate to our website at UMass Careers. 

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