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Job no: 100684-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional

Position Summary:

The Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to invite applications for an open rank position in modern and/or contemporary art and visual culture. Embracing varying chronologies of the "modern" and/or the "contemporary," the department is open to any field, methodological approach, and geographic area of specialization from the mid-nineteenth century onward; we are particularly interested in scholars with a trans-national, cross-cultural, or global focus. We are looking for outstanding scholars with innovative, dynamic, and generative research agendas, who are committed to considering and contributing diverse perspectives within the classroom and the larger communities of the University, the city of Madison, and the State of Wisconsin.

This position entails significant ongoing research and publication, as well as performance of department, university and community services as appropriate for faculty rank. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting campus organizations and initiatives, such as the Center for Visual Cultures; the Center for Design and Material Culture; the Center for Culture, History and the Environment; the Division of the Arts; the Institute for Research in the Humanities; and the Center for the Humanities, as well as to make use of the outstanding collections of the Kohler Art Library and the Chazen Museum of Art.

The UW-Madison Art History Department takes a leading role in innovative research, teaching, and outreach activities. Examining expressive media, from archaeological artifacts to new media technologies, we explore the ways in which art and visual and material culture are fully integrated into larger cultural histories. Through interdisciplinary collaborations, we work through aesthetic, historical, economic, and ethical questions in order to produce new knowledge, sophisticated readers, engaged writers, critical viewers, and confident cultural citizens who are well prepared to thrive in a global society.

Principal Duties:

The successful candidate will teach courses in modern and/or contemporary art at all levels. The regular teaching load is two courses per semester, and will include undergraduate and graduate courses, at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels in the candidate's field of specialization, including "gateway" courses required for the major. Teaching will also involve mentoring of MA and PhD student research and directing undergraduate and graduate theses.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization: Art History or equivalent by start of appointment

Area of specialization: modern and/or contemporary art and visual culture.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Assistant professor candidates must show evidence of outstanding teaching and research potential and must be willing to teach upper and lower-level courses on a regular basis.

Associate and full professor candidates must in addition to the above have a distinguished record of research.

Additional Information:

A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.

Unless confidentiality is requesting in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request.

We seek scholars who demonstrate scholarly achievement and/or promise and embody the diversity of the United States, as well as the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected status.



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Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 17, 2020


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Interested candidates will find the position announcement at (PVL 100684), click on "Apply Now" and submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample of roughly 35 pages.

You will be asked to provide contact information for three references; they will each receive an electronic link through which they can upload a signed letter of reference.

For full consideration, all materials must be received no later than midnight, Friday, November 1, 2019. However positions may remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Jordan Rosenblum
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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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