Assistant Professor of Art History, Latin American Art
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Higher Education Institution
The Department of Art, Architecture and Design at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Latin American Art. We seek a colleague whose primary field of scholarship is the modern and contemporary art of Latin America and its diasporas. Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in their field and have previous teaching experience. The position will begin August 2022.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory through advanced level courses in the subject area, in addition to courses that span the history of Latin American art and visual culture more broadly, from the colonial period to the present, including Latino art, and introductory courses in art history and art historical method.
The position offers the opportunity to work closely with the extensive holdings of 20th- and 21st-century Latin American art of the Lehigh University Art Galleries, and to teach courses in the Museum Studies minor program of the Department of Art, Architecture and Design. Candidates who have experience and interest in curatorial and museum practice are encouraged to apply. The position also offers the potential for appointment to the program faculty of the university’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program, a critical hub for interdisciplinary inquiry and teaching. The standard teaching load for tenure-track faculty is two courses per semester.
About the Department of Art, Architecture and Design
This position is one of four concurrently advertised openings in the Department of Art, Architecture and Design, one of Lehigh University’s largest enrolling undergraduate departments. The department offers BA degrees in four majors—art, architecture, design, and art history—as well as minors in each of these areas, museum studies, and apparel design.
We offer an undergraduate education in the arts that combines the depth of an art and design school training with the breadth and flexibility of a liberal arts curriculum. We aim to enable students to become makers and designers, builders and creators—backed by the resources of a national research university that has for generations helped shape innovation, industry, and design in the United States. We also aspire to excellence and distinction in experiential learning by providing students with opportunities to harness the skills they learn in the classroom, both for real-world application and as the basis for service in the community and the world at large.
The department is housed in a 40,000-square-foot teaching and research facility with studio and classroom spaces serviced by the latest technologies and resources, including computer labs, printing facilities, and digital fabrication. We are part of the College of Arts and Sciences—the heart of Lehigh University—offering a wide variety of academic majors, minors, and interdisciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
The department is particularly interested in providing support to faculty who approach their work as a means for dialogue, inclusion, remediation, and service in both the university setting and within the community, and who are thinking in innovative ways about the future of their discipline in contemporary and post-pandemic life. It is strongly committed to centering diverse identities and experiences among its faculty and curriculum, and modeling for students of all backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented and structurally marginalized groups, that there is a place and opportunity for them within the arts at both the academic level and in professional life. These values are central to the department’s mission and purpose.
About the Lehigh University Art Galleries
The mission of the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG) is to advance critical thinking, cultural understanding, and well-being for campus and community through transformative experiences with art. LUAG has eight full-time museum staff and seven campus gallery spaces, including a bi-level 5,000 square foot main gallery in the university’s Zoellner Arts Center and an extensive outdoor sculpture collection. Established in 1926, it presents a rotating schedule of exhibitions and selections from a distinguished teaching collection of more than 17,000 works of art, with extensive holdings of 19th-century through contemporary art from North America, Latin America, and Europe.
Just over ten percent of the collection comprises works by Latin American and Latino artists. The majority are contemporary works (post-1950), primarily photography and works on paper, with a strong emphasis on Cuba and the Caribbean, the Cuban diaspora, and Mexico, as well as a range of Central and South American countries. Notable artists include Belkis Ayón, Luis Cruz Azaceta, José Bedia, Manuel álvarez Bravo, María Martínez-Cañas, Martín Chambi, Graciela Iturbide, Vik Muniz, José Clemente Orozco, Sandra Ramos, Diego Rivera, and Andres Serrano. The Latin American holdings also include pre-colonial ceramics and applied arts, with an emphasis on Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, and Ecuador.
About Lehigh University
Less than two hours from New York and an hour from Philadelphia, Lehigh University is a private, highly selective institution ranked among the nation’s top 50 research universities. It serves over 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the United States and across the world. It is located in the Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania, a region with a low cost of living, high quality of life, and acres of green space, anchored by the cities of Bethlehem, Easton, and Allentown, historic centers of industry and immigration. With a dynamic population of nearly 800,000 residents, the Lehigh Valley is among the state’s fastest growing regions, with a broadening demographic diversity that includes a large Latino population, a significant Black community, and resident populations from India, Korea, Syria, Turkey, and other countries. The university is committed to serving the local community by connecting students, faculty, and staff with local organizations and residents, and has as its mission to advance learning through the integration of teaching, research, and service to others.
Review of Applications
Applications should be received by November 12, 2021. Applicants should submit the following materials:
Letter of interest, outlining the candidate’s scholarship and teaching focus
Examples of the candidate’s scholarship and publications (maximum of three, collated as one PDF)
Statement of teaching philosophy
Sample syllabi from courses taught or developed
Response to the statement of values in the department description above, and how candidate intends to contribute to its stated ideals.
List of three references with contact information (references will only be contacted if the candidate advances in the search)
Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and are especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering http://www.lehigh.edu/luadvance/ and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available at https://diversityandinclusion.lehigh.edu/.Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found at: https://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/faculty/worklifebalance.htmlLehigh University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty. Learn more about Dual Career Assistance at:https://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/faculty/dualcareer.html.
Lehigh is a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year. We are a coeducational, nondenominational, private university that offers a distinct academic environment of undergraduate and graduate students from across the globe.