The School of Art and Design (SoAD) at East Carolina University seeks a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor to teach Art History with a focus on the global majority, African diaspora, and/or African art history and/or African American art history. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate 1000-level survey art history courses to upper-level art history seminars, as well as graduate level courses for MFA in Art and MAEd in Art Education students. In addition to teaching, full-time faculty maintain their research/scholarship, mentor students, engage with other faculty, participate in various departmental activities, and serve the School, College, ECU, and our community.
The School of Art and Design offers the BFA and MFA in Art as well as the BFA and MAEd in Art Education, with a variety of concentrations. All disciplines foster experimentation and collaboration to enrich learning within the School. The School's Wellington B. Gray Gallery holds a significant collection of African Art with works ranging in origin, media (from textiles to wood carvings, to adornment), and age. ECU has a diverse student body, and the School of Art and Design is committed to reflecting that diversity in its staff and faculty. Art history courses support bachelor's and master's studio and art education students as well as the BA students in Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Art Histories.
The candidate chosen for this position will teach 3 three-credit courses per semester. Additional responsibilities include:
Research and scholarship appropriate to the candidate's expertise
Collaborating with area faculty on curriculum development
Service to the area, the School, College, University, and the profession
Participate in promoting and recruiting students for the School of Art and Design
Contingent upon available funding.
Special Instructions To Application:
To apply, candidates must submit the following materials online via the PeopleAdmin system www.jobs.ecu.edu.
Cover letter addressing position description
A statement describing how the applicant would contribute to developing a diverse and inclusive learning community at ECU through their teaching, scholarship, and/or service.
List of at least three professional references, including affiliation, email address, and phone number
Sample of scholarship or link to scholarly works
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Ph.D. or ABD in art history or related field with a focus on the global majority, African diaspora, and/or African or African American art history. All qualifying degrees should be from appropriately accredited institutions. ABD candidates will be appointed with the probationary term rank of Assistant Professor and must have the terminal degree conferred prior to his/her first reappointment
Evidence of potential for success in research/scholarship
Full time or Part time: Full Time
Position Location (city): Greenville
Position Number: 930505
Organizational Unit Overview:
The School of Art and Design provides a multidisciplinary approach to art and design that offers opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical thinking abilities by thinking through making. The School currently enrolls more than 500 students in twelve areas across four degrees. The School of Art and Design has the BFA in Art program in the University of North Carolina system, an impressive African art collection, and has been continuously accredited by NASAD since 1962. The School has over 40 full-time faculty and is located in Jenkins Fine Arts Center, a 142,000 square-foot facility with specialized equipment, tools, and technology for the School's 14 disciplines—animation/ interactive design, art education, art history, ceramics, film and video production, glass, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textile design. From computer labs, digital looms, CNC router, and laser cutters to a woodshop, foundry, letterpress shop, black and white darkroom, and beyond, the School's facilities are comprehensive and available to faculty and students who think, make, and work across the School's disciplines.
The School of Art and Design takes responsibility for its actions and the future we build, acknowledging the diversity of our community as we work in a thriving, supportive community that values, acknowledges, and respects our differences and creates opportunities for everyone. We commit to holding ourselves and our leadership accountable for creating an inclusive, diverse community that provides opportunities for underrepresented community members; presenting artists from underrepresented communities in our teaching practice, giving context for the traditional/historical canon, and teaching the work of contemporary artists working in and outside the museum/gallery model; educating ourselves on race and social justice issues to decolonize classroom environments and actively foster compassion, understanding, and appreciation for each other's differences; increasing the number of invited guest lecturers and exhibitions from more diverse communities; supporting the community (students, faculty, staff, guests), particularly regarding race, socio-economic class, and intergenerational poverty; recruiting students and hiring faculty from diverse backgrounds to amplify underrepresented voices; working collaboratively toward shared goals of inclusivity and justice; identifying, locating, critiquing, and challenging factors that have contributed to and perpetuated a disconnect between the predominately white leadership (administration, faculty, and staff) and the more diverse community we serve; and developing a culture in which identifying mistakes is encouraged and welcomed, as well as taking responsibility for errors and committing to respectful action in the future.
East Carolina University has a long heritage and record of contributions to our community since its founding in 1907. Within the University of North Carolina system, ECU is the third largest of the state's 16 degree-granting public institutions. Based on the quality of its academic programs, ECU has been named one of the best colleges in the Southeast region by the Princeton Review. ECU is committed to maximizing student success, serving the public, and leading regional transformation in the East.
The University is located in Greenville, North Carolina, on the Tar River, a community of over 90,000 and ranked 12th best college town by the Wall Street Journal. A former tobacco town, Greenville has developed as a cultural center in eastern North Carolina. In addition to extensive arts offerings by the School of Theater and Dance, School of Music, and School of Art and Design and its Wellington B. Gray Gallery, the city boasts the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge and Greenville Museum of Art and numerous community schools of music, dance, and more. Outdoor amenities include access to the Tar River for boating and kayaking, the expansive River Park North, a greenway system, a superb Little League stadium and programs, and BMX/skateboarding parks. ECU is located adjacent to the city's historic downtown—Uptown. Restaurants, coffee shops, brewpubs, retail businesses, and art galleries
To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access; prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society; develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change; discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond; transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and improves qualify of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics. We accomplish our mission through education, research, creative activities, and service while being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. East Carolina University delivers on the promise of opportunity. We open doors. We improve lives. We transform the present, and we discover the future. In these ways and more, we serve our community, our state, our nation and our world as together we reach toward our greatest potential. Tomorrow starts here.