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Assistant Professor of Art History

Butler University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Sep 25, 2023

Position Overview

The Butler University Department of Art, in the Jordan College of the Arts, is inviting applications and nominations for Assistant Professor of Art History, tenure-track.

  • Providing dynamic, excellent teaching in introductory and upper division courses in Contemporary and Modern Art and/or Design History as well as survey courses
  • Course offerings should include developing student competency in research and writing.
  • The position supports students in the Department of Art and also delivers classes as part of the university core curriculum.
The typical teaching load is three three-credit hour classes per semester plus one course release for scholarly and creative activity (3 + 3). In addition, the winning candidate will serve as the University’s liaison with the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, which is the ninth oldest and eighth largest encyclopedic art museum in the United States. With a permanent collection that comprises more than 54,000 works, the 152-acre campus is within walking distance from Butler.

Two of Butler’s key strategic goals are “to create an intentionally diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community,” and to “build a culture of empowerment, engagement and accountability.” The successful candidate will actively contribute to building an inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population, including the teaching of diverse repertoires. Academic advising; student mentoring; attendance at faculty meetings (department, college, and university); committee participation and other service to the university, community, and profession; and a high profile of local, regional, and national/international scholarly activity is expected of the successful candidate. Inclusive and evidence-based pedagogy is expected at Butler University. Please indicate your previous experience with and commitment to inclusive and evidence-based pedagogies in your cover letter. Continuing excellence in teaching, creative/scholarly activity, and service is expected to qualify for reappointment, tenure, and promotion.

Required Qualifications
  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated quality teaching, commitment to the professional development of students, and participation in service activities
  • A PhD is required prior to appointment
  • Plus a record of research and/or scholarship, and teaching at the college level
Preferred Qualifications
  • Preference will be given to candidates with areas of focus in Social Justice, Diversity, or Non-Western Art History

Applications should include:
  • Cover letter
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Links to examples of scholarly and/or creative professional work (Can upload via word document)
  • Contact information for four references.
Review of applications will begin October 23, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.


SALARY: Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications


Founded by abolitionist Ovid Butler in 1855 on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university consisting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Lacy School of Business, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Jordan College of the Arts, and the College of Communication. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries. Ranked #1 in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report and recognized for “best undergraduate teaching” and “most innovative schools,” Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, a cultural center of the state and country. ( )

The Jordan College of the Arts includes the Department of Art as well as the departments of dance, theatre, arts administration, the School of Music, and the Butler Community Arts School, an arts education program where Butler students serve as Teaching Fellows. JCA provides focused professional study and collaborative, creative experiences within the context of a strong liberal arts education. We value an inclusive and welcoming environment with a diverse range of artists, traditions, ideas, and audiences, and we emphasize the development of students as artist-citizens who will become leaders in arts and society.

Butler University is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

Advertised: September 25, 2023
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