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Tenure-track Assistant Professor Art History

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 3, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art History
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Tenure-track Assistant Professor Art History

College/School/Unit: College of Fine Arts
Department: Art & Art History
Posted: Jan 2, 2023
Apply By: Open until filled


Assistant Professor of Art History

The Department of Art and Art History seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art History. This search - part of the Expanded Approaches to the Arts Initiative in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin - seeks scholars whose research engages with underrepresented archives and repertoires in the arts and whose methodological or theoretical approaches expand traditional geographic and/or temporal articulations of artistic canons and/or traditions. The Expanding Approaches Initiative places high value on inter- and cross-disciplinary thinking, public humanities, and creative practice components of a scholar's portfolio. The position requires relocation to Austin, TX.

Applicants are particularly encouraged who have expertise in the art and material culture of areas interconnected by the Indian Ocean, the Silk Routes and other transregional historical trade routes of Asia. We seek candidates who have research and teaching interests that offer new ways of thinking critically about circulation, mobility, trade, and migration involving diverse peoples, technologies and objects in transcultural and transregional contexts, not delimited by Eurocentric axes of global exchange. The University has rich resources to support such work, including world-class library and archival holdings in Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies and affiliated academic programs in History, Anthropology, Classics, and other disciplines - a collective scholarly network offering wide-ranging coursework and training in over a dozen languages.

The successful applicant will contribute to the undergraduate and graduate curriculums within one of the largest and most vibrant art and art history programs in the United States, in which scholars pursue their research side-by-side with internationally renowned practicing artists. Tenure-track faculty typically teach two courses per semester as well as making service contributions, advise graduate and undergraduate students, and establish a nationally prominent research profile in their field.

Scholars from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Those within two years of degree completion and whose work and/or qualifications will significantly advance the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at the university may be nominated to the interdisciplinary Provost Early Career Fellows program, a university-wide initiative advancing cohort mentorship and academic career development.


Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Art History or relevant cognate discipline
  • Promise of national/international research engagement in an area of Art History that fits within the Expanded Approaches to the Arts Initiative described above with focus on cross-disciplinary approaches
  • A record of working productively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities

Desired Qualifications
  • Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and other evidence of successful teaching at the college level
  • Sustained personal engagement with underrepresented communities and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level
  • Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship
  • Expertise in the art and material culture of areas interconnected by the Indian Ocean, the Silk Routes, and other transregional historical trade routes of Asia

Application Instructions

To apply for the position, please submit the following by February 6, 2023.

1. A letter of application explaining your qualifications for, and interest in, the position, including discussion of your most significant research/creative/professional, teaching, and service activities in cross-disciplinary arts research or practice; your experience advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or social justice in the arts; and a vision for what innovative teaching or other professional activities you hope to offer the College of Fine Arts.

2. Curriculum vitae (CV).

3. Contact information for three references (letters will be requested only for finalists).

Review of applications will begin February 7, 2023, although the position will remain open until filled. For any questions about the position, please contact search committee chair Jeffrey Chipps Smith at

The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship, tier-one, research institution, located in a city known for its quality of life and active engagement with the arts. Students at the University are admitted from a highly competitive pool of applicants. For further information, please visit us at In addition, UT Austin has recently been awarded the Seal of Excelencia for Commitment to Latino Students, as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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