Department Chair and Eleanor Shea Professor of Art History

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Working Title: Department Chair and Eleanor Shea Professor of Art History

Position Type: Teaching and Research Faculty

Department: Department of Art

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 09-29-2017

Posting Summary:
The McIntire Department of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia invites applications from scholars of significant international stature, at the rank of full professor or the equivalent, to chair its department as the Eleanor Shea Professor of Art History.

The successful candidate will join a community comprising twenty-four faculty in Art History and Studio Art, and a PhD program in Art and Architectural History. The position of department Chair will be for an initial term of 5 years, with the possibility of reappointment.

We seek applicants who hold a PhD in art history or a related field, have an exceptional record of publication, have demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentorship, and have a demonstrated capacity to contribute to the scholarly life of the Department of Art and the PhD program.

We invite applications from individuals interested in joining a dynamic department of scholars and artists at a moment of generational transition. The ideal candidate will combine an exceptional record of research and teaching with (1) a proven track record as a capable administrator; (2) a commitment to fostering excellence in research, art practice, and teaching across the undergraduate and graduate programs; and (3) a willingness to lead the department, together with the Director of Studio Art, in developing the relationship between studio practice and historical research in a liberal arts setting.

The University of Virginia is one of the nation's foremost public universities. The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the University of Virginia's eleven schools (with about 12,000 students and more than 700 faculty members), and is recognized as the intellectual core of the institution. Our mission is to equip our students with the ability and desire to make a difference in the world and to inspire others to do the same. We aspire to be a leader in research and graduate education while maintaining our long-standing reputation for excellence in undergraduate education and exceptional teaching.

Applicants must submit a Candidate Profile through [email protected] (, search on posting number 0621774, and electronically attach the following: a cover letter describing the candidate's interest in this position at the University of Virginia, and their sense of what opportunities it might yield; a current CV; and contact information for four references. Letters of recommendation and a statement on teaching and mentoring may be requested at a later date.

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2017; however, this position remains open until filled. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2018, with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2018.

Questions regarding the application process in [email protected] should be directed to:
Laura Mellusi
[email protected]

Questions regarding the position may be directed to either of the search committee co-chairs:
Sarah Betzer and Daniel Ehnbom
[email protected] and [email protected]

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

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The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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