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Open Rank Professor of Art History, Early Modern Specialization
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.
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
Provide mentorship opportunities for students, in line with The Furman
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
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
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
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
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
Job Posting End Date (if date is blank, posting is open ended):