Watson Gordon Chair in History of Art

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

September 27, 2022


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  • Hunter Building, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF, GB
  • Posting Date

    08/31/2022, 06:22 PM

    Apply Before

    09/27/2022, 11:00 PM

    Job Schedule

    Full time

    Health and Safety Requirements

    No key hazards identified for this post

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    No criminal record check required

    Contract Type

    Open Ended

    Job Description

    Watson Gordon Chair in History of Art

    UE10, starting salary £63,673 p/a, 35 hours p/w (1 FTE), Open-ended

    History of Art Department, Edinburgh College of Art, CAHSS

    The Opportunity

    The Watson Gordon Chair was established in 1880, endowed in memory of the Scottish painter, John Watson Gordon. This prestigious chair has been held by Gerald Baldwin Brown (1880-1930), Herbert Read (1931-33), David Talbot Rice (1934-1972), Giles Robertson (1973-1981), Eric Fernie (1984-1995) and most recently by Richard Thomson (1996-2018).

    The post holder will have a dynamic and growing international reputation in History of Art, evidenced through impactful research projects and publications, associated funding and/or substantial partnerships. They will demonstrate strong commitment to decentring and diversifying the discipline. The successful applicant will contribute to and help lead the department and university in providing teaching and research that is relevant and beneficial to society as well as diverse, inclusive and accessible to all.

    In addition to making a major contribution to teaching, strategic planning, management and research in History of Art, the successful applicant will also play an active and collegial role within Edinburgh College of Art and the wider University, and the external environment, both national and international.

    History of Art at the University of Edinburgh is the second largest History of Art department in the UK with a long-established commitment to a broad and diverse curriculum. In the 2021 UK Research Excellence Framework, the University of Edinburgh ranked 4th in the UK, based on the quality and breadth of its research. As a capital city, Edinburgh has world-leading galleries, museums, heritage institutions, and a lively cultural scene, including the Edinburgh Festival. The National Library of Scotland is one of five legal deposit libraries within the United Kingdom. Edinburgh is a UNESCO world heritage city, and in 2019 was listed as the ‘greenest' city in the UK, with over 49% of the city classified as ‘green space'.

    Skills and Attributes for Success

  • A PhD or equivalent qualification in History of Art
  • Evidence of growing or established international reputation in History of Art, evidenced through impactful research projects and publications, associated funding and/or substantial partnerships.
  • Demonstrable critical, informed and scholarly capacity to engage with pedagogy.
  • Evidence of an interest in and strategic approach to administration and management.
  • Specialism that complements the schools' current portfolio.
  • Ability and interest in mentoring and nurturing colleagues and students
  • Ability, potential and ambition to transform History of Art, both as a global discipline and academic subject area.
  • Demonstrable ability and willingness to lead and work within diverse teams with a collegial attitude, respect and sensitivity to students and other staff members
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    Please ask your referees to submit their references to ECA.HR@ed.ac.uk before the closing date.

    As a valued member of our team you can expect:

    An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

    The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

    If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

    The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office's English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

    About Us

    As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow's greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

    About the Team

    Research in History of Art is of consistently internationally recognised quality and covers a wide variety of periods in numerous outputs. All staff in History of Art are active researchers, working in a wide range of fields, and their research interests strongly inform their teaching, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

    History of Art has an unusually wide range of specialist expertise, covering early and late Medieval art, the Renaissance, the Early Modern/Baroque period, and art from Neoclassicism to the present-day, with a particular focus on late nineteenth-century art and contemporary art and theory. World cultures are another distinctive feature of our research and teaching, with full-time staff specialising in Islamic and Chinese art, architecture and visual culture. Our students are also able to take courses taught by specialists in visual culture in Classics, Architecture and Film Studies. History of Art at Edinburgh also encompasses a wide range of approaches and methods to the study of art and visual culture.

    Find out more at https: // www. eca.ed.ac.uk/history-art

    About the employer

    Established in 1582, the University of Edinburgh is known to be the sixth oldest university in Scotland. It is an open institution. Earlier, it was known as the Tounis College and later on, it was named as the University of...