Assistant Professor of Art History

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

ID: 7072396
Posted: November 20, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Purpose of Position
The Department of Fine Art and Art History at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in African, Mesoamerican, or Latin American Art History, effective August 2021. The department seeks a candidate with a well-defined research agenda who is committed to teaching, engaging with students, and mentoring undergraduate research. The successful candidate will teach Survey of World Art classes as well as upper-level courses in their area of research specialization and related fields, in addition to contributing courses to the Honors Program. Candidates with the ability to teach in more than one subject area will be given special consideration. The nominal teaching load for tenure track appointments is 3-3.

The Ph.D. in Art History or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. In some cases, exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank and ABD candidates who will not hold the Ph.D. by the time of appointment may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.

Departmental Information
The Department of Fine Art and Art History offers majors in art history and studio art, along with minors in museum studies, photography and video art, and graphic design. The department prides itself on being dedicated teachers who are also exceptional artists and scholars. In 2021, the department will move into the CNU Fine Art Center, a brand new $57 million facility that will house over 7,500 sq ft of gallery exhibition space, state-of-the art teaching and museum learning spaces, art studios, and classrooms supporting the Department of Fine Art and Art History and Museum Studies programs.

Faculty Information
CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; The Fall 2020 freshman class of 1,155 students was selected from 7,300 admission applications, and presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1184, respectively. The University has a new and technologically advanced campus, located between Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia coast. The campus integrates the University’s liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Facilities include the state-of-the-art Trible Library; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world. Opening in 2021 and adjoining the Ferguson Center, the $57 million Fine Arts Center will house over 7,500 sq. ft of gallery exhibition space, state-of-the art teaching and museum learning spaces, studios and classrooms. It will serve the university community and the entire Peninsula region.

Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. The University is among the highest ranked in the nation for its quality of life and innovative spirit. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the workplace. For further information, please visit our website at

Posting Number F132P
Application Deadline 01/03/2021
Application Instructions
To apply, please provide a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement articulating how your teaching, scholarship and service would contribute toward fostering an inclusive learning environment on campus, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation. (Letters should be uploaded with application materials or emailed to

Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2021.
Applications received after January 3, 2021, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.


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