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Assistant Professor Contemporary Art History

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Functional Title:

Assistant Professor Contemporary Art History

Position Type:

Tenure Stream

Position Eclass:

FC - Faculty 9 month Non Leave earn

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The School of Art is part of the College of Visual & Performing Arts, a community of artists and scholars with almost 1500 undergraduate and graduate students. It is the largest visual and performing arts unit in the University of North Carolina system and is recognized for its comprehensive array of graduate programs and the success of its alumni. The School of Art enrolls a vibrant and racially diverse student population of more than 400 majors who pursue degrees in Art Education, Art History, Arts Administration, Animation, New Media and Design, Painting, Printmaking and Drawing, Photography, Sculpture and Ceramics, as well as an M.F.A. in Studio Art.

Position Summary:

The School of Art at UNC Greensboro is seeking a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History, with preference for Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American art histories, broadly conceived. Ideal candidates will have experience implementing asset-based and culturally responsive pedagogies when working with diverse students. The successful applicant for this position will contribute to pre-existing strengths in American art histories within the School of Art by teaching a 3/3 standard load, directly serving the Art History area’s curricula, while also assisting in the further development of that curriculum. They will also have Graduate Faculty Status and serve on MFA thesis committees in one of the most diverse and robust fine arts graduate programs in the Southeast, helping to foster the futures of contemporary U.S. and global art practices.

Additionally, the School’s art history faculty share a building with the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Home to one of the strongest collections of modern and contemporary American art in the Southeast, the Weatherspoon’s work is currently supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Henry Luce Foundation. Museum staff are dedicated to working closely with students and faculty, including recent co-curatorial projects and the launch of an annual faculty fellowship. Additional arts and culture venues in the community include the School of Art’s downtown Greensboro Project Space, a gallery venue for experimental productions and installations; Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency; and the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, a historic landmark and educational organization.

We seek to attract a diverse applicant pool for this position, one in keeping with the University’s own diverse student body. UNCG is a vibrant, minority-serving institution (MSI) with an undergraduate population of 49% ethnic minority students and 67% female identifying students. It is also Federally recognized as a Title III institution, with 51% of its undergraduates eligible for PELL grants. More than 30% of the University’s students are the first in their families to attend college. In addition, UNCG is ranked in the state’s top 3 system schools for Hispanic/Latino enrollment. UNC Greensboro is an inclusive learning community with a campus-wide culture that embodies access, equity, diversity, excellence, and collaboration. With an enrollment of more than 18,000 students, including 3,500 graduate students, and 2,800 faculty and staff, representing 90+ nationalities, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the UNC system. And, as an EEO/AA/M/F/D/V employer, we have a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity on our campus and in our School.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in 20th and/or 21st century Art Histories or related field OR A.B.D. with expected completion Fall 2024

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Contemporary art histories, broadly conceived
  • Work engages with interdisciplinary approaches and/or addresses global/trans-national connections and issues of diaspora, migration and belonging.
  • Object-based, gallery, experiential, and/or social-practice pedagogical teaching experience.
  • Asset-based and culturally responsive approaches to working with diverse students.
  • Active record of scholarly research, curatorial contributions, and/or other engagement with the field
  • 3 years of teaching experience
  • Advise and actively mentor undergraduate students

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for the position, electronically submit the following as Word or PDF at:

  • Cover letter including discussion of scholarly training and pedagogical experience, and articulating qualifications
  • Resume/curriculum vita
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, no more than two pages
  • List of 3 references with names, mailing addresses, email addresses, phone numbers

For questions related to the position contact Dr. Elizabeth Perrill, Search Committee Chair,

Recruitment Range:

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Org #-Department:

School of Art - 12203

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Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - F, Hand Movement-Grasping - F, Holding - F, Finger Dexterity - F, Reading - F

Work Environment:

Inside - F, Outside - F


UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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