Assistant Professor - Art History

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Job Title:

Assistant Professor - Art History

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Vacancy Open to :

All Candidates

Department :

AAH School of Art

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Division :

Academic Affairs

Classification Title :

Assistant Professor

Working Title :

Assistant Professor - Art History

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Full Time Equivalent (FTE) :


Full Time or Part Time :

Full Time

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Qualifications

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Position Type:

Faculty (Teaching)

Job Category :

Faculty (Teaching)

Organizational Unit Overview:

The School of Art and Design provides a multidisciplinary approach to art and design that offers opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical thinking abilities by thinking through making. The School currently enrolls more than 500 students in twelve areas across four degrees. The School of Art and Design has the BFA in Art program in the University of North Carolina system, an impressive African art collection, and has been continuously accredited by NASAD since 1962. The School has over 40 full-time faculty and is located in Jenkins Fine Arts Center, a 142,000 square-foot facility with specialized equipment, tools, and technology for the School’s 14 disciplines—animation/ interactive design, art education, art history, ceramics, film and video production, glass, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textile design. From computer labs, digital looms, CNC router, and laser cutters to a woodshop, foundry, letterpress shop, black and white darkroom, and beyond, the School’s facilities are comprehensive and available to faculty and students who think, make, and work across the School’s disciplines.

The School of Art and Design takes responsibility for its actions and the future we build, acknowledging the diversity of our community as we work in a thriving, supportive community that values, acknowledges, and respects our differences and creates opportunities for everyone. We commit to holding ourselves and our leadership accountable for creating an inclusive, diverse community that provides opportunities for underrepresented community members; presenting artists from underrepresented communities in our teaching practice, giving context for the traditional/historical canon, and teaching the work of contemporary artists working in and outside the museum/gallery model; educating ourselves on race and social justice issues to decolonize classroom environments and actively foster compassion, understanding, and appreciation for each other’s differences; increasing the number of invited guest lecturers and exhibitions from more diverse communities; supporting the community (students, faculty, staff, guests), particularly regarding race, socio-economic class, and intergenerational poverty; recruiting students and hiring faculty from diverse backgrounds to amplify underrepresented voices; working collaboratively toward shared goals of inclusivity and justice; identifying, locating, critiquing, and challenging factors that have contributed to and perpetuated a disconnect between the predominately white leadership (administration, faculty, and staff) and the more diverse community we serve; and developing a culture in which identifying mistakes is encouraged and welcomed, as well as taking responsibility for errors and committing to respectful action in the future.

East Carolina University has a long heritage and record of contributions to our community since its founding in 1907. Within the University of North Carolina system, ECU is the third largest of the state’s 16 degree-granting public institutions. Based on the quality of its academic programs, ECU has been named one of the best colleges in the Southeast region by the Princeton Review. ECU is committed to maximizing student success, serving the public, and leading regional transformation in the East.

The University is located in Greenville, North Carolina, on the Tar River, a community of over 90,000 and ranked 12th best college town by the Wall Street Journal. A former tobacco town, Greenville has developed as a cultural center in eastern North Carolina. In addition to extensive arts offerings by the School of Theater and Dance, School of Music, and School of Art and Design and its Wellington B. Gray Gallery, the city boasts the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge and Greenville Museum of Art and numerous community schools of music, dance, and more. Outdoor amenities include access to the Tar River for boating and kayaking, the expansive River Park North, a greenway system, a superb Little League stadium and programs, and BMX/skateboarding parks. ECU is located adjacent to the city’s historic downtown—Uptown. Restaurants, coffee shops, brewpubs, retail businesses, and art galleries

Job Duties :

The School of Art and Design (SoAD) at East Carolina University seeks a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor to teach Art History with a focus on the global majority, African diaspora, and/or African art history and/or African American art history. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate 1000-level survey art history courses to upper-level art history seminars, as well as graduate level courses for MFA in Art and MAEd in Art Education students. In addition to teaching, full-time faculty maintain their research/scholarship, mentor students, engage with other faculty, participate in various departmental activities, and serve the School, College, ECU, and our community.

The School of Art and Design offers the BFA and MFA in Art as well as the BFA and MAEd in Art Education, with a variety of concentrations. All disciplines foster experimentation and collaboration to enrich learning within the School. The School’s Wellington B. Gray Gallery holds a significant collection of African Art with works ranging in origin, media (from textiles to wood carvings, to adornment), and age. ECU has a diverse student body, and the School of Art and Design is committed to reflecting that diversity in its staff and faculty. Art history courses support bachelor’s and master’s studio and art education students as well as the BA students in Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Art Histories.
The candidate chosen for this position will teach 3 three-credit courses per semester. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Research and scholarship appropriate to the candidate’s expertise
  • Collaborating with area faculty on curriculum development
  • Service to the area, the School, College, University, and the profession
  • Participate in promoting and recruiting students for the School of Art and Design

Contingent upon available funding.

Minimum Education/Experience :

  • Ph.D. or ABD in art history or related field with a focus on the global majority, African diaspora, and/or African or African American art history. All qualifying degrees should be from appropriately accredited institutions. ABD candidates will be appointed with the probationary term rank of Assistant Professor and must have the terminal degree conferred prior to his/her first reappointment
  • Evidence of potential for success in research/scholarship

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation :


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :

  • Record of success in research/scholarship
  • Higher education teaching experience as instructor of record
  • Comprehensive grasp of art history

Special Instructions to Applicant :

To apply, candidates must submit the following materials online via the PeopleAdmin system

  • Cover letter addressing position description
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement describing how the applicant would contribute to developing a diverse and inclusive learning community at ECU through their teaching, scholarship, and/or service.
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • List of at least three professional references, including affiliation, email address, and phone number
  • Sample of scholarship or link to scholarly works

Please be aware that if selected as a candidate of choice, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the individuals entered by the applicant in the References section the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system. Letters of reference submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this requirement.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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Open Until Filled:


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Rank Level:

Assistant Professor

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or [email protected].

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to [email protected] Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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