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Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 7, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Art History, Humanities, History
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a one-year, non-renewable position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History beginning August 1, 2021. Applicants with a PhD in Art History and at least one year of teaching experience beyond the graduate level are preferred. ABD candidates are also welcome to apply.

This position is open to applicants with specializations in all temporal and geographic areas, although candidates with a concentration in non-Western art histories are preferred. The ideal candidate’s research and pedagogy will demonstrate/represent a commitment to social justice, critical and theoretical engagement, and inclusivity. The position consists of a 4/4 teaching load with 3 preparations. The successful candidate will be expected to teach the survey courses in the history of art from a global perspective, focused regional and temporal surveys, and advanced seminars in their area(s) of expertise.

Salary includes a full benefits package along with access to professional development funds. The Visiting Assistant Professor position at UTC Department of Art is intended to enhance the prospects for a career in higher education. The VAP will be encouraged to cultivate and/or sustain a professional research practice in art history in parallel with this appointment. The Department provides the VAP with the opportunity to meaningfully engage in academic culture, including opportunities to develop special topics courses, present their research, and engage the wider community inside and outside the university.

The Art Department at UTC is a NASAD accredited program that has 14 full-time faculty, six part-time faculty, a prominent visiting artist program, and approximately 275 majors pursuing BA degrees in Studio Art, Art Education, and Art History, as well as BFA degrees in Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Media Art, and Sculpture.

The successful candidate will possess the following requirements:

  • A PhD in the History of Art. ABD is also welcome.
  • A demonstrated record of research, teaching effectiveness, and the ability to collaborate as a member of a team
  • Willingness to engage in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional diversity, equity, inclusion and access goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan

To apply, please include the following materials as a single PFD file:

  • A cover letter discussing professional background, interest in the position, teaching philosophy, and research interests (2-3 pages)
  • Diversity Statement (1 page)
  • CV with names and complete contact information for three references (letters of reference will be required of candidates who progress to the finalist stage)

Candidates who progress past the initial stage of review will be asked to submit:

  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Three sample syllabi of courses previously taught and/or ideal courses tailored to the candidate’s interests
  • A writing sample

The initial PDF file should not exceed 5 megabytes in size. Review of applications will begin immediately and preference will be given to applications received by July 23rd. The position will remain open until filled.

Qualifications :

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.
Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs. People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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