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Assistant Professor of Art History
The Art and Art History Department at Lake Forest College invites applications for a TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in Modern/Contemporary Global Art History to begin August 2020. Our curriculum in a combined Art and Art History program, with majors in both Studio Art and Art History, requires coverage of modern and contemporary Art History in a global context. We seek a colleague whose field is global art history of the contemporary, but who may have a focus among the following: African-American Art, Arts of the African Diaspora, Latin American Art, Islamic Art, etc. Lake Forest College fosters a variety of interdisciplinary programs, including, among others, African-American Studies, American Studies, Latin American and Latinx Studies, Asian Studies, and Islamic World Studies, and our new colleague will be expected to contribute to one or more of these. Beyond our introductory course in Art History, our new colleague will teach a range of courses to cover the Global Modern and Contemporary fields, as well as upper level courses relevant to the candidate’s interests.
Successful applicants will hold a Ph.D. by date of hire in Art History, Visual Culture or a related field (such as American or African-American Studies) with two to three years of teaching experience. Applicants should expect to teach three undergraduate courses per semester and carry out an active program of research. Classes are small (typically 15-30 students). Funding is available for student research assistants and summer research; and assistant professors who pass third-year review are granted a half-year sabbatical at full pay in their fourth or fifth years of employment. Tenure review takes place in the sixth year, and requires excellence in teaching as well as peer-reviewed scholarship and service.
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. At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Candidates should submit in a single pdf: 1) a cover letter that addresses your teaching philosophy, research interests, and how a liberal arts environment dedicated to diversity and inclusion aligns with your teaching philosophy; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) two sample syllabi and, if available, teaching evaluations (unofficial copies acceptable); 4) sample of written scholarship. Please arrange for three confidential reference letters to be sent directly from recommenders or a portfolio service. All documents should be sent electronically to Professor Ann Roberts at email@example.com. We expect to begin reviewing applications by December 15, so completed applications should be submitted by that date for fullest consideration. Initial interviews will be conducted by Skype or phone in early January.