Assistant Professor of Art History, Islamic or African Art

USA, Denver, Colorado
Sep 11, 2017
University of
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The School of Art & Art History (SAAH) at the University of Denver has offered instruction in Art and Art History since 1880 and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. One of two Schools within the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, SAAH offers a BA in Art History, MA in Art History with a Museum Studies concentration option, and degrees in Studio Art and Emergent Digital Practices. For more information about SAAH and the arts at the University, please click here. We are interested in considering qualified applications from members of groups who are underrepresented in the fields of art history, including those who have faced economic hardship and first-generation college graduates.

We are officially linked to the Denver Art Museum, which has a robust exhibition schedule. We also have strong relationships with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Clyfford Still Museum. Together with Denver's commercial and co-op galleries, these institutions contribute to a dynamic art scene in the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area.

Position Summary

The School of Art and Art History at the University of Denver invites applications for a full time, tenure-track faculty position beginning September 2018. We seek a productive scholar and effective teacher specializing in Islamic or African Art. Ability to teach historical traditions as well as contemporary is preferred, and the capacity to teach museum studies courses is an advantage. The successful candidate will promote diversity and inclusion through teaching, research and service.

Essential Functions

Teach five classes/year (one to two classes per quarter, over three, ten-week quarters), including introductory to upper-division Art History and graduate seminars, in addition to independent work with graduate students on theses. Courses contributing to the University's Common Curriculum are also expected. Candidates should have an active research agenda demonstrating the potential to gain national recognition, some publications preferred. Service within the School is expected, including student advising and active participation within the needs of the Art History program.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Art History. Applicants that are initially ABD will be considered, with the expectation that the dissertation will be finished and Ph.D. in hand by August 30th, 2018, and the title of Instructor will be held until all degree requirements are completed.
  • Successful teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.
  • An active research agenda and potential for growth to national recognition.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Art History at time of appointment.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by December 15, 2017.

Special Instructions

Applicants must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online with a cover letter and resume will be accepted. Once within the job description online, scroll to the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position please contact Jeanie Tischler at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter describing teaching and scholarly interests
  2. CV
  3. Samples of publications or scholarly writing
  4. Syllabi
  5. Inclusive excellence statement - The separate inclusive excellence statement should be a succinct description of how the candidate's research, teaching, and/or service contributes to inclusive excellence.
  6. Send three Letters of Recommendation electronically The letters should be addressed to Art History Search Committee.

Note: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.