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Assistant Professor of Art History

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Assistant Professor of Art History

Winthrop University: College of Visual & Performing Arts: Fine Arts

Location: Rock Hill, SC

Open Date: Jan 15, 2019


Assistant Professor of Art History

Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for an Assistant Professor of Art History, with a specialty in either Medieval or Renaissance. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure- track appointment in the Department of Fine Arts within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This position requires daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Winthrop enrolls a diverse student body, which closely mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity in the state, and has recently received accolades for its success in graduating students of color.

The ideal candidate will assume a major role in teaching and advising in the department’s Art History BA degree program, and occasional teach graduate level courses in the MFA program. Teaching assignments will include, but not limited to: Introduction to Art History (Prehistory Through the Middle Ages, and Renaissance to the Present), Greek & Roman, Medieval (Early to Late), Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Baroque & Rococo, and Neoclassicism & Romanticism. Opportunities to teach in additional specialty area(s) will be available. Additionally, the work work may involve some participation in events in the evenings and on weekends.


  • Teach 12 credits / 12 contact hours each semester.
  • Occasionally teach upper-level and graduate-level courses as well as courses for non-majors.
  • Participate in curriculum development, accreditation, assessment, and program planning.
  • Effectively advise and mentor Art History majors.
  • Maintain creative/scholarly activity as demonstrated by an active research profile.
  • Engage in professional stewardship and academic responsibilities to the department, college, university, discipline, and community, as appropriate.
  • Assume other responsibilities according to departmental needs and candidate's qualifications.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in art history or related field; Exceptional candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered for a non-tenure track appointment, with renewal of appointment contingent on successful completion of the Ph.D.
  • Evidence of actively engagement in scholarly and professional activities.
  • Evidence of effective teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the growth of the department.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years of university-level teaching experience.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with diverse student populations.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Application review will begin on February 18, 2019. Applications received after this start of review may be considered if an acceptable candidate is not identified.

Complete applications should be submitted electronically at apply.interfolio.com/59341 and should include:

  • a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a one-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • a written example of the candidate’s scholarly work
  • the names, email and phone numbers of three references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications
  • transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage).

All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Questions about the position and nominations should be directed to Professor Alice Burmeister, chair of the search committee: [email protected]


About the Fine Arts Department

The Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop is a creative community that offers a flexible and multidisciplinary approach to Fine Arts. The degree programs include a B.A. in Art Education; a B.A. in Art with a required minor; a B.A. in Art History also with a minor; and a B.F.A. with concentrations in Ceramics, Jewelry/Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The B.A. in Art and Art History degrees have an international language requirement. Accredited by NASAD, fine arts has 15 full-time faculty who teach in the studio disciplines, art history, and art education.

The Art History program provides courses covering the arts of the world, from Africa to Europe, and Asia to the Americas. An undergraduate student can major or minor in art history and any student interested in music, literature, psychology, anthropology, politics and many other areas will find a complement to these subjects in art history. The department, following NASAD standards, considers the B.F.A. in Art to be a professional degree, and also offers an M.F.A. in Studio Art. The studio-based curriculum is enhanced by professional development opportunities where students learn by doing. Examples includes the design, commission, and execution of public art projects; solo and group exhibitions on- and off-campus; collaborative and community-based activities within the Charlotte-metro area; and internships/ workshops.

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the academic home to over 600 undergraduate students majoring in dance, design, fine arts, music and theatre, and approximately 40 graduate students in four masters program. The College currently has 60 full-time faculty and 50 part-time lecturers, practicing professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Winthrop’s academic programs are nationally accredited by NASAD, NAST, NASD, NASM and CIDA. In addition, Winthrop’s arts education programs (art, music, theatre, and dance) are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

About Winthrop University

Founded in 1886 and located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Winthrop University offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its degree-granting Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for the University’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the most recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts and business community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 18 Division I men’s and women’s sports.

Winthrop University is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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Posted: 1/16/2019
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