Assistant Professor of Art & Architecture of the Medieval World
Department: Art Department
Duration of Position: Academic year / Full time
Position Type: Faculty
Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled
Posting Number: 1001718
About Vassar College Vassar College is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply. Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2,500 undergraduates located in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley seventy-five miles north of New York City. The city of Poughkeepsie benefits from rich cultural diversity and from convenient commuter rail access to New York City.
Position Summary and ResponsibilitiesThe Department of Art at Vassar College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in the art and architecture of the medieval world, circa 400-1400 CE, at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin fall semester 2020.
All specializations within the medieval world will be considered; preference will be given to candidates with expertise in multiple regions and/or cultures, including the premodern Islamic world, Medieval Europe, and Byzantium. A candidate whose work engages with the digital humanities is desirable.
Qualifications The successful candidate should preferably have a Ph.D. in art history or allied field in hand at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will teach courses on medieval art and architecture at all levels of the art history curriculum and contribute to Vassar's multidisciplinary programs, including the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program. The teaching load in the first year is four courses, and in subsequent years is either five courses or four classroom courses plus one 'intensive,' a small enrollment, closely mentored experience for undergraduates.
Vassar faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios and in individually mentored projects. Faculty are expected to teach broadly in the curricula of their departments and/or programs, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College has a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.
To apply, candidates should upload the following: letter of application; C.V.; graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for the initial application); statement of teaching experience, interests, and philosophy; and a diversity statement highlighting contributions to and/or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and/or professional involvements. (Guidelines for diversity statements can be found at: https://deanofthefaculty.vassar.edu/positions/candidate-diversity-statement.html.)
Additionally, please submit a sample of scholarly writing (no longer than 25 pages), and arrange with referees for submission of at least three letters of recommendation. Information on employment policies may be found in Vassar's Faculty Handbook.
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be scheduled at the College Art Association Annual Meeting in February 2020 wherever possible, or online.
Required Applicant Documents Vita Cover Letter Contact Information for 3 References Transcripts 1 Other 1 Personal Statement Diversity Statement
Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
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