The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado
Boulder seeks a specialist in African Diasporic / African American
visual studies for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant
Professor to begin in the Fall 2022. We welcome applications from
candidates whose research incorporates Critical Theory,
interdisciplinary perspectives, and object-based studies on
cross-cultural issues. Preference will be given to those with Ph.D.
or equivalent in hand, as well as teaching experience and
publications. Teaching load is two courses per semester, with
opportunities for curriculum development in our undergraduate and
graduate programs, including the Department’s new PhD program in
Arts of the Americas. In addition, the appointee will mentor
students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise theses
and dissertations, and mentor the next generation of scholars and
teachers in their field of expertise.
CU-Boulder offers extensive library resources and funding
opportunities to support teaching and research. The appointee will
also have the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and students
across a number of university units, including CU Art Museum,
Centers for African American Studies, Women and Gender Studies,
Latin American Studies, and Humanities and the Arts. Regional
resources include a vibrant array of museums including the Denver
Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, the Black
American West Museum and Heritage Center, among others. The
Department of Art and Art History is among the most diverse
departments on campus and belongs to a larger community of scholars
and artists in allied disciplines.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
The Department of Art and Art History occupies a 170,000 sq. ft.
state-of-the-art facility, the Visual Arts Complex located at the
heart of the CU campus near downtown Boulder. With nearly 500
undergraduate art majors and minors and 50 graduate students, the
department is a vibrant community of students, artists, and
Faculty members are highly active in their respective fields, from
publishing important articles and books on theory and historical to
contemporary art, to presenting their research in national and
international conferences, exhibiting in galleries and museums, and
participating in film and video festivals, as well as establishing
non-traditional artist venues and opportunities. The faculty are
also committed teachers and mentors who work closely with both
undergraduate and graduate students, helping them to realize their
individual visions as artists and art historians.
The department offers BA, BFA, MA, and PhD degrees in art history
and the MFA degree in art practices. The PhD in Arts of the
Americas, which focuses on cross-cultural issues in the arts and
historically underrepresented groups in world history. The art
history program has specialists in Native American, Latin American,
and Asian art history.
CU-Boulder is a major AAU public research university that sits upon
the land within the territories of the Ute and Arapaho peoples.
Further, we acknowledge that 48 contemporary tribal nations are
historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado.
The land where we work today in Boulder County is within the
territory of the Hinóno'éí (Arapaho) people. We honor Chief Left
Hand (Nawath), leader of the last Hinóno'éí band to spend their
winters in the Boulder Valley.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
The position is critical for adding to our program’s need for
teaching and researching issues in Critical Race Theory, Cultural
Theory, Black/African/Diasporic Studies, as well as Postcolonial
and Decolonial Studies and will contribute to both undergraduate
and graduate education and mentorship.
What You Should Know
2/2 teaching load; 40% research, 40% teaching, 20% service.
As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to
equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a
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specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment,
and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final
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All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply
with the campus COVID-19 vaccine
. New employees must provide proof of vaccination
or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of
What We Can Offer
The salary range is $72,000 - $76,000.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Must have acquired a Ph.D. in Art History or related field by
August 1, 2022.
What We Would Like You To Have
- An art historian who specializes in African and Diasporic
- Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate students, direct
theses of MA and Ph.D. students, and oversee honors undergraduate
- At least two years teaching experience; graduate teaching
experience may be included in those two years.
- Demonstrate a strong research agenda and maintain professional
standing in your field.
- Trained in an object-based approach to African
Diasporic/African American art.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Cover Letter
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy
- Statement of Research Philosophy
- Diversity and Inclusion Statement
- Please include a writing sample/sample of work
You will be asked to enter contact information for three references
who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation if
needed, as the search progresses.
Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2022; applications
will be accepted until the position is filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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