Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX, United States
Oct 13, 2017Full time
SMU Assistant Professor of Art History (Medieval) (Position #51226) Art Historian, Medieval. Southern Methodist University: Assistant Professor, Full-Time, Tenure Track. Salary commensurate with experience. Description: The Department of Art History in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University seeks a specialist in the art and architecture of the Medieval period, broadly defined. Applications are welcome from scholars specializing in any period from AD 400-1400, whose research focuses on Europe, the Mediterranean, and/or geographically contiguous or culturally interconnected artistic traditions (Jewish, Islamic, Central Asian, African/Indian Ocean). The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinarity, strong visual analytic skills, theoretical fluency, and a broad knowledge of Medieval visual culture. Potential research interests may address questions of art and thought; institutional and social/historical critiques of artistic production and reception; history and theories of vision, artistic media, and spatial practice; ritual performance and sacrality; interconfessional relations and exchanges; cultural poetics of gender and sexuality, social identity, and the political imaginary; cross-cultural exchange and interculture. We encourage candidates whose teaching would engage the resources and programs of cultural institutions on campus and in the area, including the art collections at the Meadows Museum, Bridwell and DeGolyer Libraries, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Kimbell Art Museum. All applicants must be able to teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses, as well as lecture courses and undergraduate and graduate seminars in their area of specialization. The standard departmental teaching load is 2/2; the successful candidate will also advise graduate research at the MA and PhD levels. We particularly encourage applications from candidates whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries, is methodologically innovative, is engaged with emerging fields, and can leverage or enhance the department's existing strengths. We are a collaborative department built around innovative faculty research and teaching. Our faculty and our undergraduate, MA, and PhD programs are organized around the idea of RASC/a, “Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture.” The rubric of RASC/a invites critical reassessment of historical and new media, a broad understanding of visual/cultural/somatic technologies, and a particular interest in race and gender. We seek a colleague who will play an important role in shaping the future of research, curriculum, and pedagogy in department and the university. The successful candidate will participate in an expanding program of research and teaching in the Art History Department at SMU. Faculty in the Department of Art History receive leaves, research and travel support. In collaboration with colleagues in allied specialties in the Department of Art History, the candidate will assume an important role in shaping the future of research, curriculum, and pedagogy at the institution. The candidate will develop courses for undergraduate and graduate students, both general surveys and focused research seminars; mentor students on all levels; supervise MA theses; and contribute to the overall vitality of the University through participation in interdisciplinary programs within the SMU Meadows School of the Arts and across campus. Proposed starting date: August 2018. Application: The Department uses Interfolio By Committee for its application process. Applicants will provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. We encourage digital applications in .pdf format to retain font and formatting integrity. Use the following link to upload digital files: apply.interfolio.com/44852 To ensure full consideration for the position, applications must be received by November 15, 2017, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decision at the completion of the search. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. SMU also is committed to the principle of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, firstname.lastname@example.org. Preferred Qualifications: Doctoral degree in art history or related field by start of appointment. SMU: SMU is a private university of 6,300 undergraduate students set in north-central Dallas. Established in 1911, SMU offers a secular, non-denominational campus environment dedicated to the University’s founding principles of education in the liberal arts. Resources on campus include SMU’s Meadows Museum, one of the premier collections of Spanish art in the US. SMU’s Bridwell Library’s extensive holdings include a significant collection of illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, and early printed materials from Europe and the Americas. SMU’s DeGolyer Library houses extensive archives, photographs, and print culture from the US and Latin America. The wider Dallas/Ft. Worth area is home to many internationally recognized museums, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum, and the Dallas Latino Cultural Center. SMU operates a satellite campus in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, affording many opportunities for summer teaching and research in northern New Mexico.