Full-time, tenure-track associate professor

Los Angeles, California
Oct 29, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design invites nominations and applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in Critical Studies at the assistant or associate professor level, to start fall 2019, with the level determined by extent of previous experience. The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Visual Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Art History, or a related field, with at least two years teaching experience at the university level and a strong, emerging scholarly profile as evidenced by a growing track record of peer-reviewed publications, invited presentations, and more. Preference will be shown for candidates with curatorial or performance programming experience and/or some knowledge of curatorial studies as well as a demonstrated interest in fostering diversity within Critical Studies curriculum.

The USC Roski School is particularly interested in candidates with a deep understanding of the intellectual history of theories of art, visual culture, and/or related fields such as architecture and design, a strong awareness of contemporary debates in the visual arts (broadly construed to include all art practices including photographic media, performance, painting, installation, sculpture, etc.), and an attention to global trends in art exhibitions, art and design practices. Ideally this person will also have some interest in and knowledge of debates the issues and problems associated with the self-proclaimed “global” art and design worlds. Attention to post-/de-colonial, critical race, feminist, and queer theories of visuality and the uses and power structures relating to visuality across art, design, and other forms of mass media a plus. Knowledge of at least one culture outside of the Euro-American traditions would be ideal. Interest in participating in developing curriculum in performance studies and visual cultures, spearheaded by the Roski School Critical Studies, a plus.

First founded in 1883, the USC Roski School of Art and Design is noted for its richly varied and innovative programs that emphasize studio art, design and critical and curatorial studies. The school provides a distinctive environment that allows undergraduate and graduate students to move fluidly across media and disciplines. The Roski School, ranked #1 in Design and #4 in Art programs across the US at www.niche.com, offers BFA and BA undergraduate degrees in Art and Design, as well as three graduate degrees—MFA Art, MFA Design, and MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere, as well as (relating to the latter MA), a joint Master of Arts/Master of Planning degree with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

USC is one of the nation’s leading research universities, boasting a world-class faculty of artists, scholars and researchers. The vibrant downtown-adjacent campus (with the MFA Design in the middle of downtown’s Arts District) is host to hundreds of events each year in the visual, performing, and other creative arts.

USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.

Visit Careers at USC for complete description and details. Application deadline: November 30, 2018. Questions may be addressed to Professor Amelia Jones ([email protected]), Vice Dean of Research, Chair of Critical Studies, and Chair of the search.

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