Assistant Professor in Global Contemporary Art History

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2023-11-20
  • Organization: University of Florida, School of Art + Art History
  • Organization Type: collegeuniversity
  • Career Type: teachingartisteducator
  • Grant / Salary: $70,000-$73,000
  • Location: Gainesville, fl
  • Primary Discipline: visualarts
  • Recurring: Array
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Position: Full-time, nine-month, tenure-accruing faculty position
Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2024
Salary: $70,000 – $73,000; eligible for a comprehensive benefits package

The School of Art + Art History in the College of the Arts seeks an Assistant Professor of Art History with a specialization in Global Contemporary Art. The ideal candidate will be a forward-looking scholar and educator with strong intellectual and leadership skills. The new faculty member will join a vibrant, PhD-granting program with a graduate certificate in Curatorial Studies that is supported by international programming at the School’s own contemporary art exhibition space, the University Galleries, and through the endowed Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History lecture series and biannual symposium. In recent years, the University Galleries have engaged students in curating and experiencing exhibitions developed with the support of national arts organizations.

The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

• Conduct a program of research appropriate to the discipline that will eventually lead to national recognition
• Teach a 2-2 load of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including art history survey courses, upper-level courses, and graduate seminars. This may also include a General Education Humanities course.
• Mentor and advise graduate students and supervise graduate committee and independent studies.
• Contribute to curriculum design, program development, and program outreach.
• Actively participate in our learning community.
• Contribute service to the university and profession.

Minimum Qualifications:
• PhD in Art History or a related field; or ABD nearing completion of the PhD, such that the PhD will be awarded by September 1, 2025.
• Ability to teach courses on art since 1945 in a global context.
• Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances pluralism, curiosity, open intellectual discourse, and the well-being of all in the context of cultural and ideological difference.
• Evidence of the potential for developing an active research agenda that will eventually lead to national recognition in the field.
• Evidence of capacity to collaborate with staff collegially.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Research and teaching expertise in one of the following: Latin American, Latinx, East Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, North African, Caribbean, or Afro-Atlantic Art, or Art of the African Diaspora or Indigenous Americas.
• Teaching experience as the instructor of record at the university level.
• Record of excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate teaching.
• Successful experience with innovative or cross-disciplinary curricula.
• Engagement with curatorial practice.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin November 20, 2023 and continue until an applicant pool is established. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by November 20, 2023. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system at

Online applications must include the following:
(1) A detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community.
(2) A curriculum vitae.
(3) One writing sample.
(4) Names and contact information for three professional references.
(5) Name and contact information for a fourth reference. If possible, this should be an administrative or technical staff member. They will not need to write a letter, but we may contact them for a phone conversation.

The search committee may request additional materials at a later time.

Inquiries may be sent to:
Dr. Ashley Jones
Chair, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History Search

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392- 2477 or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.

SCHOOL OF ART + ART HISTORY: Organized within the College of the Arts, the School of Art + Art History nurtures a culture of critical inquiry in our scholarly and creative work. Our educational mission is to empower each student with knowledge, skills, and insight to engage thoughtfully with our changing world. The SA+AH believes that art, design, and scholarship are critical to our local, university, regional, national, and international communities. We pursue positive transformation and impact through socially engaged, local and global education, research, and creative works. Our community asks challenging questions, takes risks, and strives for excellence through an interdisciplinary, inclusive, and often collaborative practice. School of Art + Art History faculty publish, curate, and exhibit widely and internationally. They bring their scholarship and production into their teaching, offering innovative, engaged learning experiences to their students. We foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community through mutual respect and acceptance, assuming the best in others to enable a culture where everyone can flourish. Degree programs include the BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD. Areas of study include art education, art history, design, museum studies, and studio art. The school has 400 undergraduate students enrolled in our majors and 190 graduate students in our residential programs and online art education MA. Also a part of the School of Art + Art History are the 4Most Gallery and the University Galleries— the Gary R. Libby University Gallery, the Gary R. Libby Focus Gallery, and the Constance & Linton Grinter Gallery of International Art—which provide exhibition space for contemporary art, including student work. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The art education program is accredited by NCATE. For more information, visit

THE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute, and the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.

THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA: The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top five best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation, and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural, and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical, and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.