Open Rank Professor of Art History, Early Modern Specialization

Furman University

United States

November 29, 2021


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    Job Title:

    Open Rank Professor of Art History, Early Modern Specialization

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    Furman Faculty


    Full time

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    Job Summary:

    The Department of Art at Furman University seeks a tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or full Professor of Art History with a specialization in Early Modern art to begin August 1, 2022. We seek an applicant who has a strong commitment to teaching, an active research agenda, and is capable of contributing to an innovative undergraduate curriculum and supporting of Furman's DEI initiatives. The candidate should be prepared to contribute to a recently redesigned art history curriculum, based around thematic courses that can integrate global content and de-emphasize chronological teleologies. We seek applicants who can think creatively about further curricular development and bring new content and new perspectives into our program.

    Job Description:

    The professor will teach a 2-3 course load which typically includes the art history survey (ancient-medieval) and thematic upper-level courses that can be designed around their research and teaching interests. We seek a candidate who can continue to expand and diversify our course offerings. Candidates able to support curatorial and archival course work, teach with primary sources, facilitate student research, or with experience in writing instruction and/or curriculum design are especially encouraged to apply. There is also the potential to develop additional courses with interdisciplinary partners across campus, including Study Away and MayX. Our department focuses on developing students with technical proficiency in studio art and art history, but also stresses an interdisciplinary approach to viewing and making art that emphasizes critical thinking and writing. Our curricular structure encourages double majors, with our students often partnering with the Business and Accounting, Communication Studies, English, or Psychology departments. With small class sizes and support for undergraduate research, the ideal candidate is excited to mentor students interested in the arts and humanities in support of The Furman Advantage.

    Furman University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of university life, and strives to create an anti-racist community through excellence in teaching, mentorship, and programming. Numerous initiatives and programs are underway or planned to promote these ideals, including: historic projects, dialogue initiatives, the Center for Inclusive Communities, and a new major in Africana Studies. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with historically underrepresented students, including students of color, and be committed to assisting the university in its continuing efforts to become a model of inclusive excellence. The Art Department at Furman is committed to increasing the representation of historically marginalized or underrepresented perspectives in academia and especially encourages applicants from these communities.

    Furman University is a small liberal arts university located in Greenville, South Carolina. The Art Department offers BAs in Studio Art and Art History in a combined art history/studio department and has approximately 60 students majoring in art history and studio art, 6 full-time faculty, and offers classes in drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, printmaking, and art history.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Teach 5 undergraduate courses each year, including an introductory survey; potential exists to develop additional Study Away, and May Experience courses, or to teach in the graduate program in Strategic Design

  • Advise students.

  • Provide mentorship opportunities for students, in line with The Furman Advantage.

  • Maintain a significant research agenda, producing a significant body of high quality scholarship that is peer-reviewed and published.

  • Participate in meaningful service on the department and university level towards our strategic goals and priorities. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, sitting on committees and community engagement.

  • Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications

    All applicants must have:

  • PhD in art history, specialization in Early Modern art or similar area, completed by August 2022

  • An established record of scholarship

  • Ability to develop new courses

  • Demonstrated proficiency in teaching

  • Effective written and oral communication skills

  • Evidence of abilities to collaborate productively with colleagues and undergraduate students.

  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students in creative scholarship

  • Applicants should submit materials no later than November 29, 2021 through the Furman University employment portal. A complete application is comprised of two PDF documents:

    PDF01 should include:

  • letter of application that describes how your teaching philosophy and pedagogy aligns with Furman's commitment to high-impact teaching and learning.

  • curriculum vitae

  • diversity statement that describes how your professional experience, scholarship, mentoring, and/or service might contribute to the community of a liberal arts college committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values.

  • names and contact information for three references who could supply letters of reference upon request. We will only contact references for finalists in the application process.

  • PDF02 should include:

  • statement of current research agenda.

  • sample of recent research.

  • a one-page course proposal that you would hope to teach in the near future and a sample writing/research assignment (does not need to originate in the course proposed).

  • We anticipate conducting first-round interviewing in early January. Questions about the position can be directed to Sarah Archino at

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