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Chair and Professor, 9-Month Salaried (College of Fine Arts -Department of Art History)

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The College of Fine Arts at Florida State University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Art History at the rank of Full Professor. This is a nine-month faculty appointment with an additional summer administrative appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Chair of Art History will provide innovative and inspiring leadership, work with faculty to develop and advance a strategic vision for the Department, and demonstrate the ability to embody, support, and convey our mission of teaching, research, and service to varying audiences.

The ideal candidate will be a compassionate and innovative leader and educator with the desire and experience to cultivate a dynamic program in collaboration and consultation with Department faculty and staff, particularly in the following areas:

  • Advocate and serve as spokesperson for the Department of Art History and College of Fine Arts within and outside of the Florida State community.
  • Represent the Department of Art History before and in collaboration with the administrative team and academic leaders of the College of Fine Arts in support of the unit’s overall mission, goals, and strategies.
  • Serve as principal administrative, academic, and financial officer of the Department. Work with professional business staff to develop and authorize annual budgets and expenditures while adhering to best fiscal practices at all times.
  • Provide ongoing leadership in research, teaching, service, and learning. Observe and mentor Department members regarding student engagement, instruction, funding opportunities, and professional development.
  • Facilitate the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students, exemplify the values of inclusiveness, multicultural competency, and social justice, and cultivate a departmental culture that promotes respect, responsibility, and trust to create an environment in which diverse faculty, staff, and students thrive.
  • Contribute to the educational mission of the Department by teaching one undergraduate course and one graduate seminar each academic year.

The Department of Art History is one of the oldest and highest ranked in the Southeast. The first in Florida to offer a doctoral degree, it boasts over 50 years of graduate education. The program consists of four major degrees (BA, MA, and PhD in Art History, and MA in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies) and one minor area (Museum Studies). Together with strengths in traditional areas of Western Art History, the Department has developed dynamic, novel programming in the hemispheric study of the Americas and in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies, which now accounts for a third of the Department’s graduate enrollment. Ten full-time faculty members teach at all levels and represent a broad range of subject areas and critical methodologies.

The Department’s faculty have a strong record of publication and external funding, with awards from the Fulbright Program, ACLS, and NEH, among others. As a Research 1 institution, FSU supports faculty research at the highest level and allocates funds for research and conference travel. Additional competitive internal funding is available through FSU’s Council on Research & Creativity. Faculty also have the option of teaching abroad during the summer through the University’s International Programs.   

Opportunities for students of art history at FSU extend well beyond the classroom. A distinguished lecture series brings national and international scholars to campus. Since 1981, the Department has hosted an annual graduate student symposium, with proceedings published in the journal Athanor. The program in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies and minor in Museum Studies provide theoretical and practical training for arts professionals, including student-curated exhibitions, fieldwork, and internships with major state agencies, archaeological sites, and museums, including the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. FSU’s global network of study abroad centers offer students opportunities for directed study in London, Paris, Florence, and Valencia. 

Additional information about the Department of Art History can be found at

Candidates with a compelling record of scholarship and teaching that complement and extend existing fields within the Department, combined with relevant administrative experience, are invited to apply.

The Department and College are committed to diversity in all its forms. Applicants whose field of research expands the Department’s coverage of the art histories of the global majority are especially encouraged to apply. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a Ph.D. in Art History and/or related discipline with a strong record of promoting high quality teaching, research, and service.
  • Hold credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor.
  • Present a strong record of effective leadership and management of multidisciplinary programs and people utilizing clear communication, appropriate delegation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate a proven commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice that creates an environment where diverse faculty, staff, and students thrive.


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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