Department Head and Professor of Art History

Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Jan 12, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Department Head and Professor of Art History, The Pennsylvania State University

The Department of Art History at Penn State seeks an internationally recognized scholar and teacher who possesses proven administrative acumen to serve as department head for a five-year term to begin in August 10, 2018. The successful candidate will have qualifications meriting appointment at the rank of full professor, tenured, and will be committed to a collegial and collaborative model of leadership. Although this is an open-field search, the ideal applicant will possess expertise that augments the existing research and teaching strengths of the faculty, which are in early modern art history, modern and contemporary art history, architectural history, and material studies. During the term as department head, the teaching load is one course per year, with the expectation of advising graduate students and maintaining an active research agenda.

The Department of Art History is a vibrant community of thirteen full-time faculty whose areas of expertise are globally diverse, temporally expansive, and methodologically interdisciplinary. The department has a successful graduate program (Ph.D. and M.A.), an undergraduate major and minor, and plays an important role in the university’s general education curriculum. Art History is one of six academic units in the College of Arts and Architecture ( The department collaborates closely with the Palmer Museum of Art, which features an outstanding collection of American painting.  It also has important relationships and partnerships with humanities departments in the College of the Liberal Arts, including Asian studies, African studies, Latin American studies, History, and French and Francophone studies, among others.

Founded in 1855, Penn State is a multi-campus, land grant, public research university that educates students from around the world, and supports individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research, and service. There are approximately 46,000 students on the University Park campus. Penn State is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by the Time Higher Education University Rankings, the Center for World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The Penn State University Libraries ranked second among public U.S. university libraries in the 2017 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Investment Index. With over $800 million in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 20 U.S. research universities.  “Advancing the Arts and Humanities” is one of five thematic priorities in the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan (

Penn State’s University Park campus is located in State College, PA, which is ranked consistently among the lowest stress and safest small cities in the country. Along with the surrounding communities of Centre County, State College offers excellent public schools, beautiful parks and other natural assets, and a vibrant and growing arts community. For more information, visit: and

To apply, upload a letter of application, names and contact information of three references, a full curriculum vitae, and a sample of published work through the online Penn State Electronic Job Management System. Job #76071

The review of applications will begin on February 2, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.