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About Us

Instructor in Art History, Spring term 2020

The Art and Art History Department at Lake Forest College seeks an instructor (or two instructors) to teach two courses in our Spring term, which begins January 14, 2020.  We have openings to teach an introductory course in Art History, which we call Introduction to Art History and Design (meets Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 11:00-11:50), and a course in the History of Photography (meets Mondays/Wednesdays 1:00-2:20). 

The Introduction to Art History and Design is not a survey, but an introduction to the processes and methods used by Art Historians, including Visual Analysis, Contextual Interpretation, Iconography, Institutional History, etc. Here is the official description:

This course introduces students to the subject of art history and the major questions and methods of the discipline. Students will not only learn foundational issues, such as composition, medium, and basic interpretive skills, but also the ways in which art, architecture, and design are defined and have operated in cultures across time. The principal aim of the course is to give students the opportunity to analyze and write about works of art. This is the recommended first course in Art History and is required of all Studio Art and Art History majors and minors, although students of all disciplinary backgrounds and skill levels are welcome.

The History of Photography course is described officially as follows:

This course examines the history of photography from its invention in 1839 to the late 20th century. Students will be introduced to terminology and techniques specific to the photographic medium. This course will discuss photographic conventions and customs, and the extent to which they reflect and construct societal institutions (particularly in the United States). Students will also study the special properties of photography as icon, index and symbol, and become conversant in the semiotics of the image. No prerequisites; previous experience in ArtH 110: Introduction to Visual Arts will be helpful.

The candidate must have at least a Master’s degree in relevant fields, but a Ph.D. or ABD is preferred. We ask that the candidate provide evidence of teaching effectiveness and the name of a referee who can speak to their teaching effectiveness. Please send a cover letter, CV, name of your referee and any supporting materials to Ann Roberts at roberts@lakeforest.edu.

Applications will be accepted immediately, until the position is filled.

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 40 states and from more than 70 countries. Lake Forest is one of the most diverse small colleges in the Midwest with nearly 40% of our student body comprised of domestic minority and international students. The majority of our STEM pool is female and also includes a significant number of first generation and traditionally underrepresented students. At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.