Assistant Professor - Art History

Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 12, 2020
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The Visual & Performing Arts Department (VAPA) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Art History to begin Fall 2021. This position will serve as the Director of UCCS’s Art History Program within VAPA, tasked with developing and significantly advancing our undergraduate art history program within the interdisciplinary and collaborative orientation of the department (which includes art history, film, music, theatre/dance, and visual art). Thus, the demonstration of administrative experience is valued. Appropriate candidates will have expertise in contemporary/modern art history, theory, and criticism. Candidates should have an active publishing agenda and we especially encourage applicants with expertise in the work of underrepresented groups and communities. At the same time, candidates should be capable of teaching a range of generalist courses in art history with a dedication to innovative teaching practices.

As part of their directorial duties, this position will collaborate with other VAPA programs (particularly Visual Arts) in the curating of the Downtown Gallery of Contemporary Art for six months out of the year. Thus, candidates with curatorial interest and experience are encouraged.

The normal workload for this position is 40% teaching, 40% research and 20% service with potential for modification to reflect directorial duties.

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Who We Are:
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 10,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 400K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

What We Offer:
University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at:

Total compensation includes salary plus health, retirement, and non-cash compensation. Information on calculating total compensation can be found at:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $60,000

Tentative Search Timeline:

The potential employee start date is mid-August 2021.The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Art History 
  • 2 years teaching experience at the college level (may not include graduate assistant teaching)
  • Active research agenda
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Administrative experience
  • Curatorial interest
  • Specialization in the work of under-represented communities
  • Facility with the intersection of art and technology
  • Physical Requirements:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk. Employee is occasionally required to have long periods of sitting, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements and fine motor skills. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Nov 11, 2020
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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