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Asst. or Assoc. Prof of Art History and African Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin

Assistant or Associate Professor of Art History and African Cultural Studies
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Category: Faculty
Employment Type: Faculty-Full Time
Employment Type: Onsite
Application Period Opens: Nov 2 2023 at 11:15 AM CDT
Job Number: 289298-FA

Job Summary:
The highly ranked Departments of Art History and African Cultural Studies are seeking excellent candidates for a tenure-track position at the assistant rank or tenured position at the associate rank beginning August 2024. We welcome candidates specializing in the art history of Africa or the African diaspora. The two departments are open to any time period, field of inquiry within these disciplines, and methodological approach. Both departments are especially interested in scholars working on cultural production who employ innovative, interdisciplinary methods and ways of thinking.

The position involves significant ongoing research and publication, as well as performance of department, university, and community services as appropriate for faculty rank. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting campus organizations and initiatives, such as the Center for Visual Cultures; the Center for Design and Material Culture; the Division of the Arts; the Center for the Humanities; and the Institute for Research in the Humanities, as well as make sure of the outstanding collection of the Kohler Art Library; the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection; and the Chazen Museum of Art.

The successful candidate will contribute to an inclusive, fair, and equitable environment that fosters engagement and a sense of belonging for faculty, staff, students, and members of the broader community.

Successful applicants will teach graduate and undergraduate classes of various sizes, direct independent studies and/or conference courses, mentor students, conduct scholarly research, and provide service to the department, college, university, and academic community nationally or internationally. The normal teaching load in the Departments of Art History and African Cultural Studies is four courses per academic year, two courses in one semester and two courses in the other, one course per semester in Art History and one course per semester in African Cultural Studies. Successful candidates will be expected to develop and regularly teach a large-enrollment introductory course in Art History.

In addition to teaching, tenure-track faculty are expected to demonstrate productivity in scholarly research and to complete departmental & university service. The successful candidate, as a member of the College of L&S, will proactively contribute to, support, and advance the college’s commitment to diversity among all aspects of their teaching, research, and service.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Art History (or related field) by start of appointment

Candidates should demonstrate evidence of creativity and excellence in teaching and scholarly research. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate experience with fostering or the ability to foster an inclusive and equity-centered teaching, learning, departmental, and research environment where all can thrive.

Knowledge of an African language desirable.

Work Type:
Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Anticipated Begin Date:
AUGUST 19, 2024

ACADEMIC (9 months)

Additional Information:
The College of Letters & Science is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all of us – students, staff, and faculty – can thrive. Ours is a community in which we all are welcome. Most importantly, we strive to build a community in which all of us feel a great sense of belonging.

There is no excellence without diversity in all its forms; diverse teams are more creative and successful than homogeneous ones.

We are better when we are diverse and when we acknowledge, celebrate and honor our diversity. In acknowledging and honoring our diversity, we also assume a responsibility to support and stand up for each other.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates will find the position announcement online at jobs.wisc.edu (PVL 289298). Applications must be received through UW-Madison’s online application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered. Click on the “Apply Now” button and submit 1) a cover letter describing research, teaching experience, and teaching philosophy; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching statement, including discussion of successes and challenges in the classroom, innovative approaches to student-centered learning, and 3-5 sample syllabi; and 4) a list of references with contact information for requesting letters of recommendation.

For full consideration, all materials must be received no later than 11:55pm on January 2, 2024; however, the position will remain open until filled. Please note that applicants will be evaluated based upon submitted application materials and therefore should speak to and include evidence of their qualifications.

Additional materials, including the actual letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and teaching evaluations may be requested at a later stage. Initial interviews will be conducted remotely in January in the expectation of on campus visits for finalists in February and March.

For additional information, please consult the departmental websites: http://arthistory.wisc.edu and https://african.wisc.edu, or direct questions to either Professor Jennifer Pruitt, jpruitt@wisc.edu or Professor Luis Madureira, lmadurei@wisc.edu.

Employment will require an institutional reference check regarding any misconduct. To be considered, applicants must upload a signed ‘Authorization to Release Information’ form as part of the application. The authorization form and a definition of ‘misconduct’ can be found here: https://hr.wisc.edu/institutional-reference-check/

Jennifer Pruitt
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:
Associate Professor(FA030) or Assistant Professor(FA040)


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Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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