Assistant Professor, History of Art & Visual Culture

Columbus, Ohio
Jan 03, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Columbus College of Art & Design invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor appointment in the department of History of Art & Visual Culture. The ideal candidate will be fluent in visual theory and practice and exhibit a broad knowledge of the contemporary ecology of both the art and design worlds. Candidates with backgrounds in curatorial practices, contemporary art history, critical visual studies or the equivalent who are interested in working in an interdisciplinary studio based environment are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will work with primarily BFA students in a broad range of art and design disciplines to help them contextualize and ground their studio practice within a theoretical and historical landscape. In addition the position will involve teaching in and supporting the Studio Art with Emphasis in History of Art & Visual Culture major is designed to provide a comprehensive education and practicum experience in the study of Modern and Contemporary Art, from a practice based studio perspective and experience, with specialized knowledge and experience in art theory and criticism and curatorial practices.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach modern and contemporary art history and/or curatorial studies courses, as well as broad survey classes, and to help studio students develop and articulate the theoretical and critical aspects of their work. In addition, experience teaching contemporary global studies is preferred.

In Research: We seek a colleague who is actively engaged in contemporary art and design worlds through proven scholarship, curatorial practice or research. Recognizing the rich experience that active scholars and practitioners bring to our community we are interested in and supportive of ongoing and future work.

In Teaching: We value teachers who are excited about assisting young artists and designers as they develop their studio practice.  We believe that art history and critical theory is most valuable and accessible to studio practitioners when it is presented in the context of their practice. Empathy, curiosity and rigor are qualities that we value in colleagues who strive to support, challenge and bring out the best in their students.

In Service: We expect leadership in undergraduate and graduate programs, curriculum development, advising, and governance within the departments, college and field at large. We welcome candidate who will diversify our curriculum and our faculty in regards to race, gender and ethnicity.


Position: Assistant Professor, full-time

Qualifications: Ph.D. preferred; professional experience and prior teaching.

Application Deadline: Priority given to candidates who apply by January 12, 2018.

Date of Hire: Fall 2018

About CCAD: Columbus College of Art & Design, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the United States with more than 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students choose from 12 majors: Photography, Industrial Design, Contemporary Crafts, Advertising & Graphic Design, Comics & Narrative Practice, Animation, Illustration, Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Studio Art with Emphasis in History of Art & Visual Culture and Film and Video. Graduate curriculum includes a Master of Fine Art (New Projects) and a Master of Design (Integrative Design). With strong exhibition and visiting artists programs and a commitment to the integration of business and art, CCAD is a leader in art and design education.

About Columbus: Columbus is among the Top 10 best U.S. cities for new college grads and one of the top 10 creative scenes in the country as well as one of the 15 most affordable cities in the U.S.. As one of the nation's largest college towns Columbus is the type of city where creative activities flourish. There are eight distinct cultural districts that surround CCAD and there are more than 165 restaurants, pubs, and clubs in downtown alone. CCAD is a campus community located in the heart of this vibrant city.

EEO Statement: As an educational and cultural institution, a culture of equity and inclusion is not an add-on at CCAD, rather it is central to how we define creative excellence and the health of our institution. CCAD believes that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. CCAD sees Art & Design as universally inclusive and inherently unbiased. CCAD is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


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