Assistant Professor, African American Art - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama seeks to appoint a faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of African American art with a sub- or co-specialty in the art of the broader African diaspora. Expertise in African American art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is preferred, with the ability to teach a broad temporal range of material desired. This is a tenure track position. Primary instructional responsibilities include teaching existing and developing new courses in the history of African American art and art of the African diaspora, as well as graduate seminars in area(s) of specialization.

Ph.D. in African American or African Diasporic Art/Visual Culture required; a record of successful teaching (beyond the graduate teaching assistant level) and its assessment; commitment to integrating new technologies in teaching; evidence of ongoing research; experience in developing and teaching undergraduate courses in African American Art and/or visual culture of the African Diaspora; encouraging interactive classroom learning; and an active professional record.

Additional Position Information

The University of Alabama is home to the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, a nationally renowned collection with a focus on twentieth-century African American art, and the successful candidate will serve a pivotal role in developing and sustaining faculty, student, and community engagement with that collection. Other responsibilities include advising students; participating actively in the graduate program; developing and maintaining a strong record of scholarly research with publications and service to the profession; and engaging in departmental, college, and university service.

The Department of Art and Art History offers the BA and MA degrees in Art History and the BA, BFA, MA and MFA degrees in Studio Art. The MA degree in Art History is offered jointly with the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to the Jones Collection, important University teaching resources include the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art and the Sella-Granata Art Gallery.

The University of Alabama, the state’s flagship public research university, is located in Tuscaloosa, about 50 miles southwest of Birmingham. UA’s enrollment is diverse, drawing from the state of Alabama, the Southeast region and the nation, and increasingly from around the world. Total enrollment exceeds 33,500 students and continued growth is projected for the coming years.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, go to and complete the online application (job posting number 0809203). Upload a Resume/Curriculum Vitae, a letter of application, and contact information for three professional references. Please upload your list of professional references to the other document 1 tab. Questions about this search should be directed to the Search Chair, Dr. Tanja Jones ( Review of applications will begin on 1/12/15 and will continue until the position is filled.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

Keyword Phrases

  • ART
  • Assistant Professor, African American Art
  • The Capstone of Higher Education
  • Student Centered Research University
  • Fostering a diverse student body & workforce
  • Art History
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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