Assistant Professor of Art: Art History, Modern and Contemporary

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Assistant Professor of Art: Art History, Modern and Contemporary

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Employment Type:

Tenure Track Faculty




Faculty (10-month)

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Time-Limited Appointment Length:

Not Applicable

Work Schedule:

Full-Time (40 hours per week), Monday–Friday including some weekends and evenings for special events.

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Travel Required?:


Primary Function of Organizational Unit:

The mission of the Department of Art is to prepare our students to be arts practitioners with the skills and values that will make them active and responsible participants in society. The intent is to educate graduates to engage in questions of self-expression, artisanship, identity, community, values, politics, and meaning.

The Department of Art is committed to delivering excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, university/community service, and the delivery of instruction. The department offers a balance of studio work, history and theory courses, and organizes them around a combination of activities, which include exposure to: various teaching methods, visiting artist experiences, contemporary art through campus galleries, independent learning opportunities, and senior projects.

The Department of Art is positioned within the College of Arts and Sciences, which is the largest of the University’s four colleges. Approximately 195 full-time faculty teach 3,000 students in thirteen departments, with majors encompassing the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, sciences and mathematics, fine and performing arts, and select professional programs.

The Department of Art consists of four areas of program study and serves over 100 undergraduate majors. Courses are taught by eleven permanent and full-time faculty from the fields of Art History, Graphic Design, Museum Studies, and Studio Art. Our faculty embrace diversity, interdisciplinarity, multiculturalism, and community engagement in our teaching, research, and service. The department is housed in a new, multi-million dollar facility that boasts gallery space, studios, and lecture rooms scaled for our small class sizes.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university’s main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship. We value reason, respect, and responsibility. Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission and are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship, and service.

Georgia College is a member institution of the University System of Georgia and is the state’s designated public liberal arts university. A member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Georgia College enrolls approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is prominently cited for educational excellence in a number of leading publications. The university’s beautiful and historic campus is located in Milledgeville, which was the mid-nineteenth century capital of Georgia and is very near the geographic center of the state.

All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

Georgia College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment.

Primary Purpose of Position:

The Department of Art invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of modern and contemporary art history. Teaching load is four courses per semester with some sections that may be combined. Duties include introductory courses, surveys of modern and contemporary art, courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise, senior capstone supervision, and expectations for research and service. Special consideration will be given to applicants with a global perspective in their teaching and research. Opportunities for curriculum development and additional support through funding for research, professional research leave (i.e. sabbatical), student assistantships, study abroad, and summer teaching are available.

Key Function:

Faculty - Teaching/Instructing

Job duties performed for the above function:

Teaching Responsibilities
- Teach courses in the discipline
– Mentor students
– Contribute to the core curriculum.

Courses will cover Georgia College Core, Foundations and Art History courses needed for the major and minor in Art. The successful candidate will teach a 4/4 load while maintaining an active research agenda and service to the department, college, and university.

The primary purpose of this position is to teach courses and provide expertise within the academic discipline. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non-majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

This faculty member will also contribute to the Georgia College core curriculum by teaching topical first-year (GC1Y) or sophomore seminar (GC2Y) courses, and/or Core courses in Art Appreciation.

Key Function:

Faculty - Scholarship and Creative Activity

Job duties performed for the above function:

All faculty are expected to stay current in their field, maintain knowledge of new and evolving developments in the field, develop within the profession, and maintain ongoing production of academic-related scholarship.

Academic Achievement/Professional Development examples may include:
– Publications (editing, citations, etc.)
– Presentations at professional meetings
– Current work in circulation or in progress
– Grants received or applied for
– Membership and participation in professional organizations
– Other professional service or development activities

Key Function:

Faculty - Service to Institution

Job duties performed for the above function:

All faculty are expected to support the advancement of the department, college and university mission by providing service to the institution. Service may be at the department, college, university, community and disciplinary level.

Service examples to the Institution may include:
– Committee memberships and offices
– Programs directed and advised
– Participation in special programs or projects
– Other service for the institution

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Equal Opportunity Statement:

Georgia College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without consideration to age, color, disability, gender, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Background Check Statement:

Georgia College conducts job-related background checks on final candidates in order to ensure a safe and secure work environment. All employment offers will be contingent upon the successful completion of applicable background screenings which include, but are not limited to criminal history, motor vehicle report, credit history, drug and alcohol screening.

Proposed Minimum Experience/Education:

Ph.D. in Art History at the time of appointment. ABD may be considered if the degree will be completed and conferred within the first year of employment.

Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1 ( [faculty credentials])

Department Required Skills :

Scholarship in contemporary and modern art history are required. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to teaching, research, engaged learning, and mentoring students at the undergraduate level in the context of a liberal arts college environment. We seek a colleague who is devoted to diversity, global engagement, and the free exchange of ideas in their teaching philosophy and research. Our desired candidate is one who will contribute to the University’s mission of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity. We are active in creating an inclusive campus community that values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, faculty development, and institutional growth. We also seek a candidate who is capable of creating a critical and inventive environment in the classroom and within the community.

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The ability to work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds is expected.

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Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

Candidates should possess an emerging record of achievement in scholarly research, professional activity, and teaching art history at the university level.

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Special Instructions Summary:

Review of applicants will begin October 16, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 12/28/2020
Application Due: 6/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time