Full-Time Visiting Faculty in Art History

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 21, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Liberal Arts Department of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) invites applications for a full-time visiting faculty position with a one-year contract, annually renewable up to three years, in Art History or a related discipline. Special consideration will be given to scholars with expertise in Asian, African, Islamic, Latin American, Native American, or Oceanic art history. Special consideration will also be given to candidates with expertise in curatorial studies. Candidates must have previous teaching experience in foundation art history classes or a sufficient background to successfully teach such courses along with an enthusiasm for engaging in a curriculum that touches on a wide range of humanities and studio art disciplines. The successful candidate will be committed to differentiated instruction to reach all learners. The department strongly encourages candidates with an ability to inspire and motivate a diverse student population of artists, designers, and makers and who can demonstrate success meeting the needs of underrepresented student populations and/or engagement with diverse communities to apply.

The position begins August 2021. Full-time faculty are required to teach three courses each semester or the equivalent and participate in committee work and other departmental and college activities required of ranked faculty while maintaining an active scholarly agenda. This position is benefits eligible. This position reports to the chair of the Liberal Arts Department. Deadline: Priority will be given to those who respond by February 1st, 2021.

About MCAD

Founded in 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit teaching institution which educates individuals to be professional artists and designers, creative thinkers, cultural leaders, and engaged global citizens. Located in the Twin Cities, MCAD is an independent, accredited institution with 14 undergraduate degree programs, with BFAs in Fine Arts, Media Arts, Design, and BS in Entrepreneurial Studies, and an established MFA program and two online MA degrees. MCAD also offers six minors anchored in the Liberal Arts, Arts Entrepreneurship, and Fine Arts departments. Dedicated to the creative and professional success of its students, MCAD is also an important participant in the Twin Cities' thriving cultural community. The state of Minnesota has long enjoyed and valued a rich cultural life that is furthered by the generous support of numerous private foundations. Ranked as the 16th largest metropolitan area in the nation, the area hosts 18 Fortune 500 Companies and seven of the largest private companies in the country. In 2014, CBRE rated Minneapolis as the greenest city in the nation. Notable cultural institutions include the Walker Art Center, the Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Weisman Art Museum. In addition, the Twin Cities are well known for the quality of their live theater, musical venues, galleries, art film houses and festivals, as well as a full array of professional sports teams.


MCAD’s community of staff and faculty enjoy a dynamic, creative, and inclusive work environment. MCAD offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes: medical, dental, 403(b) retirement plan, commuter benefits, as well as generous time off plans. In addition, after six months of service, full-time employees and their eligible dependents can receive free tuition at MCAD, as well as the potential to receive reduced tuition at more than 600 colleges nationwide. MCAD faculty are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).


The mission of MCAD is to transform the world through creativity and purpose. Support that mission through working at MCAD!


  • One year of post-secondary teaching experience
  • Terminal degree in related liberal arts or arts field
  • Evidence of an active scholarly agenda or engagement and/or critical practice in 
  • their field.

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter that describes teaching experience and professional work including a reflection on the candidate’s potential to contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A writing sample
  • A teaching portfolio including teaching philosophy
  • Complete information for three professional references: names, institutional affiliations, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers
  • Transcript of degree, showing coursework appropriate to position (copies are acceptable); official transcript required prior to employment.

Deadline: Priority will be given to those who respond by February 1st, 2021.

To ensure full consideration, complete application materials must be received by 2/1/21. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Google Meet. A background check will be made prior to employment.