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Postdoc in Art History at UIC

Bridge to the Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in Art History (African, American, African Diaspora and/or Black-Indigenous Art)
Hiring Department: Department of Art History
Location: Chicago, IL USA
Requisition ID: 1022377
Posting Close Date: January 15, 2024

About the University of Illinois Chicago

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.


The department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications for a Bridge to the Faculty postdoctoral Research Associate in the arts of Africa and/or its global diasporas, to begin on August 16, 2024. 

The Bridge to Faculty Scholars Program is a UIC postdoctoral program designed to recruit underrepresented scholars, with the goal of transitioning them to tenure-track faculty positions (https://diversity.uic.edu/faculty/bridge-to-faculty/). Successful postdoctoral associates with department approval may have the opportunity to transition to faculty starting in the 2025-2026 academic year. In addition to mentorship within Art History, the research associate will participate in a cohort-based mentoring experience through the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, where they will have the opportunity to meet other Bridge to the Faculty Scholars.

This postdoctoral position will bolster a critical and self-reflexive understanding of the discipline of Art History as a product of colonial modernity. Research specialization is open to any time period, but the department is particularly interested in scholars who are committed to recent methodological perspectives and critical engagement with current debates within and beyond the discipline of art history. We are particularly interested in applicants who demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary dialogue, theoretical fluency, and research interests that enlarge current faculty strengths. Interest in and capacity to contribute to the department’s program in museum studies is also encouraged.

The successful candidate will be expected to be able to teach one or more survey courses related to the arts of Africa and its global diasporas, such as African Art and Architecture, African American Art, Arts of the Black Atlantic, or other topics of similar breadth, as well as more focused seminars for advanced undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to their specific research interests. The postdoctoral associate will only teach one course per year during an initial one-year term, after which period there is the possibility of transitioning into a tenure-track faculty position with a teaching load of two courses per semester. 

Located in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities for art and architecture in the United States, UIC is a comprehensive public urban research university with an exceptionally diverse student body and a strong tradition of support for difference and equality. UIC’s College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and its School of Art and Art History are committed to engaged scholarship, social justice initiatives, and digital humanities.

Applicants are expected to have completed their PhD no later than the start date of this position, and no earlier than August 16, 2019. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their current and future research plans as well as teaching experience and aims; a one-page statement of contributions to diversity, a curriculum vita; a writing sample (a dissertation chapter plus abstract and/or a related publication); and contact information for three academic references. Applicants must upload the CV, cover letter, diversity statement, and writing sample to the UIC jobs website at jobs.uic.edu. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to also be submitted by the deadline. All application materials must be received by January 15, 2024. Please direct any questions to search committee co-chairs Catherine Becker: cathbeck@uic.edu and Nina Dubin: dubin@uic.edu. 

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