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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Art History

Simmons University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 13, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art History
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Art History

Main Campus - Boston, MA

The Department of Art and Music at Simmons University is relaunching our search (frozen last spring) for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art History to begin July 1, 2021. The primary area and period of expertise is open, but should complement, rather than duplicate, existing departmental strengths in American and Latin American art. Applications from candidates who are enthusiastic about reconceptualizing introductory courses and diversifying the curriculum are particularly welcome.

We seek an innovative educator and scholar with demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching, an interest in creative curriculum development, an active research agenda, and a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we seek candidates who embody and express these values in all aspects of their courses and pedagogy.

We are particularly interested in scholars whose work and interests focus on cross-cultural and cross-regional interactions, and whose courses will contribute to a diverse and interdisciplinary curriculum. Additionally, we seek scholars who are enthusiastic about designing courses outside of their field of specialization, as well as fostering relationships with and leveraging the city's and region's rich cultural community.

Responsibilities include teaching core introductory courses, electives in areas of interest, and interdisciplinary first and second-year courses in the PLAN general education program. The assistant professor will also be responsible for advising and mentoring students, developing and maintaining a strong record of research and scholarly productivity, and service on departmental, college, and university committees as appropriate. The Department of Art and Music is committed to a robust mentoring program for the successful candidate, designed to provide consultation and support toward achieving the excellence in teaching, record of productive scholarship, and appropriate service that the university requires to award tenure. The standard course load at Simmons is three per semester (six per year). Junior faculty receive two course releases in their first year, and four additional releases before tenure review.

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in art history completed by July 1, 2021, successful teaching beyond the graduate assistantship level, and an active research agenda. At least two years of teaching experience is preferred; equivalent experience may be considered.

We ask that previous applicants submit current materials.

To apply, please submit:

1. A cover letter that addresses your interest in the position and Simmons, your teaching philosophy and experience (particularly with object based teaching), and your approach to creating a diverse and inclusive curriculum and pedagogy.

2. A curriculum vitae. Please append a list of all courses you have taught, including dates and institution names, and indicate for each whether you were the instructor of record or a teaching assistant.

Additional materials may be requested later in the process.

Application review begins on November 15, and will continue until the position is filled. Apply through the online portal at

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons University is a private, non-sectarian institution that has prepared women for leadership in the world through transformative education that links passion with purpose since 1899. Today, Simmons serves nearly 2,000 students in a women-centered undergraduate program and nearly 5,000 students in coeducational graduate programs. Simmons recently achieved university designation and completed an academic redesign establishing four interdisciplinary colleges, including the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities.

The Department of Art and Music, housed within the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities, includes majors in art history, studio art, arts administration, and music. The Trustman Art Gallery, one of the highest quality academic venues for contemporary art in Boston, is a vibrant part of campus life at Simmons and in the wider cultural community. The collections and resources at the nearby Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum offer opportunities for group study of original objects and student research. The Simmons University Art Collection also provides students with unique pre-professional opportunities for art historical research, curation, and faculty collaboration.

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.
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