Tenure Track Position, Assistant Professor of Art History
San Francisco State University, School of Art offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in art history beginning August 2019. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include the visual culture of Africa and/or the Americas (South, Central, the Caribbean, and Mexico) and their diasporas in any era from the early modern period (c. 1500) to the present. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.
The position emphasizes art historical methodology and critical theory. The position focuses on teaching and research that are informed by cross-cultural encounters and exchanges—exploring, for example, the ways in which art is implicated in networks of trade and immigration, and shaped by the dynamics of race, colonialism, postcolonialism, and globalization.
The School of Art reflects a diverse and fluid set of creative practices and critical methodologies driven by nationally and internationally recognized professionals. Faculty are committed to a collective mission of teaching and research to support student growth in art practice and art history within a liberal arts context. Students are encouraged to engage in critical, interdisciplinary approaches to art history and art practice within both the BA and MFA degree programs. We emphasize the ethical dimension of artistic practice and scholarship within a global context and in relationship to the dynamics of power--including those of class, gender, race, and geopolitics—as they pertain to visual, spatial, institutional, and ideological practices.
The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:
• Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
• Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
• Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
• Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
• Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
• Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
• Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.
Responsibilities and Essential Job Tasks
The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload primarily includes teaching or other agreed upon primary assignment; conducting an active ongoing program of scholarship or creative works that advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty; and service contributions to the department, college and the university.
The primary teaching assignments will be in art history, including lower and upper division lecture courses, undergraduate writing courses, and the senior capstone seminar. The position entails developing and proposing special topics-based courses as electives in the undergraduate degree. The position requires an active ongoing scholarship practice of research and publishing.
Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, productive participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising undergraduate students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.
- Facilitate student success through teaching and advising with a focus on inclusive pedagogy;
- Develop course materials for undergraduate students on topics within the candidate’s area of specialization linked to student learning outcomes;
- Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner;
- Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments;Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials;
- Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction; Participate in departmental and university assessment procedures;
- Conduct research in one's field of interest and present findings in peer-reviewed journals, books, or professional conferences;
- Stay current on developments in the discipline;
- Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction; Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students;
- Actively participate on assigned committees in accordance with school or College needs, and SF State's strategic vision;
- Actively participate in collegial interactions in fulfilling service assignments and other duties at the department, college, and university level.
- Additional duties as assigned.
- Ph.D. in Art History with a specialization in the visual culture of African and/or the Americas (South, Central, the Caribbean, and Mexico) and their diasporas in any era from the early modern period (c. 1500) to the present.Degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
- Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students
- Record of teaching contributions in area of specialization.
- Teaching and research are informed by cross-cultural encounters and exchanges—exploring, for example, the ways in which art is implicated in networks of trade and immigration, and shaped by the dynamics of race, colonialism, postcolonialism, and globalization.
- A strong foundation in art historical methodology and critical theory.
- Active record of scholarship related to specialty area.
- Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching and scholarship.
- Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities
- Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments
Rank and Salary
Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.
Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the School of Art to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; writing sample; statement of teaching philosophy; sample syllabi; names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF, labeled as follows: Last Name_First Name_Application. Submit all materials online to https://sfsu.submittable.com/submit by December 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.