Hood College seeks applicants for the Sophia M. Libman National
Endowment for the Humanities Professor with a disciplinary focus in
art history/museum studies. The Libman Professor will come to Hood
for a visiting, three-year appointment, teaching a reduced course
load (1/2 in the first year, 2/2 in the remaining years) and
planning and managing the yearly NEH Center for the Humanities
Colloquium, a series of public and educational events organized
around a particular interdisciplinary theme each year.
The Sophia M. Libman Professorship is an ideal position for a
beginning scholar whose interdisciplinary interests include a
strong commitment to the humanities and teaching. The Libman
Professor’s rank and salary are equivalent to those of a beginning
assistant professor. Employment begins in August 2023; the PhD must
be completed by that time.
We seek candidates with interest and experience in teaching and
developing new courses on topic and issues in art history/museum
studies, as well as courses that connect the visual arts to other
academic disciplines. Region and period of specialization is open,
but preference will be given to candidates with an
interdisciplinary, globally-inclusive approach to the field, whose
teaching and scholarly interests include one or more of the
following: museology/museum studies, visual/material culture
studies, media studies, and/or public art. The successful candidate
will develop/teach courses that expand on the existing Public
History program and foster institutional relationships with the
region's rich community of museums and cultural institutions.
The Libman Professor will teach one of the art history introductory
survey courses (antiquity through the Renaissance), and other upper
division and interdisciplinary courses. The successful candidate
may also have the opportunity to teach courses in Hood’s Honors
Program as well as to contribute to Hood’s graduate program in the
Humanities by teaching an occasional graduate course. However, the
majority of courses taught will be offered at the undergraduate
We seek a candidate who values diversity, equity and inclusion in
all that they do. Candidates must have strong organizational skills
and a proven ability to work collaboratively with partners across
campus in support of Hood College’s mission as a student-centered,
liberal arts institution.
To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed
below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
include the following.
Other duties may be assigned.
- Will teach a wide range of undergraduate courses in museum
studies, art history, and related areas
- Will be an excellent, enthusiastic teacher and take a
generalist approach to their subject matter, developing multiple
- Will maintain an annual teaching load of 3 courses (1/2) in the
first year and 4 courses per year (2/2) in the remaining
- Will mentor students individually on projects such as honors
papers, independent studies, graduate portfolios and
- Will develop new courses and teach existing courses. May also
teach occasional graduate courses in the interdisciplinary
Humanities MA program and interdisciplinary undergraduate courses
in such programs as Honors and the First-Year Seminar program.
Service and Program Development
- Will maintain an active program of scholarly research, writing,
and appropriate publication.
Education and/or Experience
- Will take an active role on the Humanities Council and will
plan, budget and manage the annual Humanities Colloquium.
- Will serve as an enthusiastic and effective promoter of the
humanities to diverse constituents.
- Will serve as an active, involved academic advisor and mentor
to philosophy majors and other students.
- Will share in the governance of the department and the College
and participate in student recruitment.
- Will consistently attend faculty and department meetings and
serve occasionally on committees.
- An earned Ph.D. in art history/museum studies or related field
is required by August 2023.
- Evidence of college-level instructional experience and
potential for teaching excellence are required.
- Experience in cultural event organizing is strongly
- Experience in a liberal arts setting is a plus.
Other Skills and Abilities
- Proficiency in office productivity suite software (such as
Microsoft Word and PowerPoint), e-mail, social media, and web.
- Ability to use available instructional technology resources to
enhance effective teaching (including, but not limited to, use of
smart classroom technology, PowerPoint, etc).
The successful candidate will be able to:
How to Apply
Please read the following application instructions
- plan courses, assignments, and events efficiently and
- organize, present, and explain information clearly;
- work with students of differing backgrounds and abilities;
- advise and mentor students at different stages of their college
- evaluate student progress accurately and fairly; and
- work successfully as a member of a small department.
Qualified candidates are invited to apply online via our electronic
application by submitting the following materials:
- Cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position,
including organizational skills and ability to oversee the
Humanities Colloquium, as well as a list of classes that you would
be prepared to teach (or would be interested in developing) in art
history or for interdisciplinary programs, such as the Honors
Program or First-Year Seminar Program
- Curriculum vitae
- Three confidential letters of recommendation. The candidate
should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted
electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- For best consideration, apply by January 25, 2023.
If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please
or call (301)
Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and
subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible
to work in the United States. EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability
Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race,
color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or
gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion,
or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or
employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as
required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational
Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation
for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about
discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to
the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401
Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For
complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy,
please visit http://www.hood.edu/non-discrimination/