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Assistant/Associate Professor and Luma Fellow

Bard College

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Assistant Professor
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Assistant/Associate Professor and Luma Fellow

Open Date:
Oct 21, 2022

The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) and the Hessel Museum of Art seek a dynamic scholar of contemporary art and its histories for an Assistant/Associate Professor and Luma Fellow (term appointment) beginning in the 2023 academic year. Rank is determined at the time of hiring and will be commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will be an expert in art history, attuned to developments in art internationally, and eager to teach the history of art through the lens of curatorial studies and exhibition history.

Established in 1994, the graduate program at CCS Bard is an intensive, two-year course of study in the history of contemporary art, the institutions and practices of exhibition making, and the theory and criticism of contemporary art since the 1960s. The curriculum blends academic study with hands-on learning, culminating in a series of graduate student thesis exhibitions presented in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art. The graduate program is distinguished by its luminary faculty and outstanding resources including the on-site Library, Archive, Hessel Collection, and numerous institutional presenting and publishing partnerships. For more information, please see:

Reporting to the Director of the Graduate Program & Chief Curator, the Assistant/Associate Professor and Luma Fellow is a core member of the faculty at CCS Bard and contributes to the vision and priorities of the graduate program.

This is a full-time, non-tenure-track position with an initial two-year appointment that may be renewed or extended. The position requires on-campus presence at CCS Bard in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY at least three days per week (an office will be provided), as well as occasional exhibition openings and other departmental events on evenings and weekends. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2023. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and accompanied by a comprehensive benefits package.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Teach the foundational, two-credit courses “CS 501 – Proseminar I: Histories and Theories of Curating” in the Fall semester and “CS 502 – Proseminar II: Studies in Contemporary Art” in the Spring semester. These courses are a survey of exhibitions and curatorial histories and are instrumental to the first-year curriculum of the graduate program.
  • Develop and teach an elective course, which can touch upon interdisciplinary subjects and concerns, in either the Fall or Spring semester. The Assistant/Associate Professor and Luma Fellow is encouraged to develop several different elective courses to be taught at different points during their time at CCS Bard.  
  • Participate in “MA Written Thesis & Interpretive Materials,” a year-long, collectively taught course through which the written thesis papers of the CCS Bard graduate students are shaped, edited, and finalized.


  • Serve as a faculty advisor (during the Fall and Spring semesters) for three second-year graduate students, meeting every few weeks to supervise the development of both the written and curated components of their thesis project.
  • Serve as an advisor and collaborate with other faculty on the Professional Development and Work Placement Program, which allows students to work at arts organizations and receive mentorship from arts professionals during the Summer between their first and second years.
  • Serve as the temporary faculty advisor for three first-year students during the Spring semester.
  • Hold regular office hours.

Planning and Administration

  • Participate in regular faculty planning sessions around the curriculum, academic standards, and protocols of the graduate program.
  • Take part in meetings about day-to-day administration and student life at CCS Bard.
  • Attend and participate in regular critique sessions of student-curated exhibitions.
  • Serve on the Graduate Committee, which includes three day-long meetings each year, to provide feedback on the graduate thesis project proposals and to make admissions decisions.

Curatorial Opportunities

  • If desired, and in collaboration with CCS Bard staff, conceive, curate, and organize public programs and exhibitions at CCS Bard and the Hessel Museum of Art. Programs, exhibitions, and publications may engage with CCS Bard’s institutional partners, including Luma Arles and Afterall, as well as other collaborative engagements with artists, scholars, and curators.

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of academic experience, including teaching at the college level
  • Ph.D. in contemporary art history, cultural studies, or a related subject preferred
  • Demonstrated record of scholarship and published research
  • Knowledge of and insight into contemporary art and its contexts internationally
  • Ability to manage deadlines, juggle multiple responsibilities, and work collaboratively

Application Instructions:

Candidates are encouraged to apply by December 15, 2022 by submitting the following materials through Interfolio:

  • Cover letter summarizing your interests and qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching statement outlining your teaching philosophy and practice (2 pages max)
  • Diversity statement addressing your experience with and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field (2 pages max)
  • Two examples of course syllabi that speak to the subject area
  • Contact information for three references (at least two of which should be academic)

Please upload materials here:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


Undergraduate Degrees

Bard offers courses of study in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and in interdivisional programs and concentrations. Students may also earn a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following undergraduate degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College; and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State.

Graduate Degrees

More than 200 students are seeking graduate degrees: M.A. in curatorial studies, M.Music in vocal arts, conducting, and curatorial, critical, and performance studies, and M.S. in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and economic theory and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in Sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. M.Music degrees are also offered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early Colleges

Bard's early colleges educate the next generation of thought leaders, preparing them to be lifetime learners. Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bard Early College New Orleans and Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy all serve the needs of highly motivated younger students.

International Degrees

Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

Cultural Life

Campus life in Annandale is vibrant, with world-class performing arts venues; continuous and varied student activities; and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and in New York City. Students choose from more than a hundred active clubs on campus, and new clubs begin every semester. The Bard College athletic teams are the Raptors. The College’s colors are red and white. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival is presented on campus each summer, exploring the life and work of a single composer through chamber music, choral and orchestral performances, symposia, panel discussions, and preconcert talks. Since 2003 the festival has been part of Bard SummerScape, which annually presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme.

Outstanding Faculty

Bard's undergraduate faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Other notable faculty members include soprano Dawn Upshaw, journalist Ian Buruma, composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, poet Robert Kelly, and writers Luc Sante and Francine Prose. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. 









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