Visiting Assistant Professor (Art History)

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

ID: 7066253
Posted: May 14, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description Summary
The Department of Art & Art History in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History for a one-year appointment beginning in Fall 2020. This is a full-time position with benefits; salary commensurate with experience.

Position Responsibilities: The teaching load is 4:3. Courses include a global survey of art history, which serves as part of the university’s Core Fine Arts curriculum, the first half of the art history foundations curriculum surveying art history to the year 1400 CE; upper level art history courses on the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, or Medieval art, defined globally; and/or online versions of these courses. Departmental service is expected.

Minimum Qualifications
The position is open to candidates with expertise in any area of global art history before 1400 CE and the ability to teach global surveys of art history to 1400 CE and upper level courses in ancient or medieval art history. Ph.D. in Art History in hand by August 16, 2020 is desired, but ABD candidates will be considered

Desired Qualifications
Candidates with significant experience teaching at the college/ university level and teaching online courses are highly desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Application materials will be submitted through Auburn University’s employment site:

Please submit the following:
- Letter of application addressing professional qualifications as they relate to the position
- Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of teaching philosophy that also includes a discussion of strategies to address diversity and inclusion
- Transcript of highest degree
- Two sample syllabi for undergraduate art history courses (at least one should represent an introductory-level Art History course with a global component)
- Contact information for two reference letters from individuals who can speak to the candidate’s teaching abilities
- Optional: Other evidence of excellent teaching ability (student evaluations, peer-reviews of teaching, scholarship on teaching and pedagogy, etc.)

Review of applications will begin May 14 and continue until the position is filled. Following the initial screening of applications, short-listed candidates will be scheduled for preliminary interviews via video conference.

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to legally work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and throughout the proposed term of employment. Excellent communication skills required. Final appointment is contingent upon funding.

Additional Information: The Department of Art & Art History currently offers two degrees in studio art (B.A. and B.F.A), a minor in studio art, a B.A. degree in Art with a formal option in Art History, and a minor in art history. The Department is a charter member of NASAD and is the oldest fully-accredited art department in the Southeast. It is housed in historic Biggin Hall with north-light studio classrooms and a 3-D Arts Building. The department includes an 800 sq. ft. exhibitions gallery. Students and faculty regularly visit and collaborate with the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, which contains an impressive permanent collection of European and American fine and decorative arts, and hosts a roster of first-rate exhibitions, lectures, films, and special events.

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for the Department of Art & Art History. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the community within the university and beyond. The Department is an inclusive community that welcomes people from every background and fulfills its land-grant mission through the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. For more details, visit the department website at:

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2019, it was ranked 52nd among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018 enrollment of 30,440 students includes 24,628 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus. To learn more about Auburn University visit:

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public-school systems and regional medical centers.

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.


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