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Assistant Professor in Global Art History and Visual Culture

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

Job Details

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Job No: 514511
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant Professor in Global Art History and Visual Culture

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts

Department: Wonsook Kim School of Art

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The Wonsook Kim School of Art (WKSOA) at Illinois State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Global Art History and Visual Culture to teach six undergraduate and graduate courses per year beginning August 16, 2023. We seek a knowledgeable, innovative, and dedicated professional with an understanding of contemporary issues in the global history of art and visual culture with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art practices. The successful candidate will teach 3 courses per semester at the undergraduate and graduate level in Global Modern and Contemporary Art and courses in art history/visual culture theory and criticism; create new courses to expand our curriculum in global transnational and cross-cultural approaches to modern and contemporary art; and contribute to the teaching of the General Education sequence. Additional responsibilities include working with graduate students in the MS Art Education and MFA Studio programs, and contributing to the shared governance of the School, College, and University.

The locus of annual evaluation, tenure, and promotion in rank will be in Wonsook Kim School of Art. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

Additional Information

The Art History area in the Wonsook Kim School of Art is part of a comprehensive school of art, which also includes programs in studio art, art education, and graphic design. The Wonsook Kim School of Art is comprised of 30 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty members. Our student population averages 400 undergraduate and graduate students. Collegiality is valued by faculty in the School of Art, and art history faculty enjoy a positive relationship with colleagues in studio, art education, and graphic design, as well as with the University Galleries of ISU and faculty throughout the university. (

The Wonsook Kim School of Art is committed to increasing the representation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those embodying any and all expressions of gender identity and sexuality. Candidates who have experience working with a range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the culture of openness, belonging, and mutual support are encouraged to apply. In keeping with university-wide initiatives to expand the experiences of the campus community in Normal and abroad, the School also encourages applicants with an interest in working with existing international programs through the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts or creating new opportunities, as well as mentoring our student population. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and people of color are encouraged to apply. Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

To demonstrate its commitment to our core values, ISU has committed $4.5 million over a five-year period (2022-2027) to develop an incentive program with the goal of attracting candidates who advance our commitment to fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding and engagement, ethical behavior, and a commitment to social justice.

Illinois State University is part of the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal, with a population of approximately 132,000, and is within easy driving distance of Chicago and St. Louis. It is ranked as "one of the best public universities in the nation" by US News and World report and named a "great college to work for" by The Chronicle of Higher Education. We're proud to foster a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. The Wonsook Kim School of Art is part of the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, which also offers programs in music, theater, dance, and creative technologies. In the past few years, the college reported a growth of 12% enrollment, started the fine arts buildings rehabilitation project, and announced three endowed professorships following a $12 million gift from artist and alum.

Required Qualifications

1.A doctorate in Art History or closely related field; ABD within one year of completion will be considered.
2.Primary area of expertise in a tradition other than Western European (examples include but are not limited to, African, Aboriginal, South or East Asian, Native American/First Nations, Islamic, Pacific Island/Oceanic, or Latin American).
3.Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or service.
4.State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date

August 16, 2023

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

Attach the following documents as a single PDF file

Letter of application
Curriculum vitae
Names and contact information of three references
One-page teaching philosophy
Please provide a 1-2 page statement demonstrating your commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or service (service can be both within the university or in the larger community)
One article/chapter length sample of scholarly work

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Review of applications will begin on Thursday, November 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.
Initial phone/Zoom interviews will be held in early December.
Applications will not be considered complete until all documents have been received with the application.
Finalists will be asked to forward official transcripts at a later date.

Contact Information for Applicants

Amy Meyer
Admin Aide WKSOA
[email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 10/10/2022 01:00 PM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled



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