The Department of Art History at Rice University invites applications at the Assistant or Associate level for a full-time tenure-track or tenured position in African and/or African American Art History. We will begin reviewing applications December 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must have a proven record of publication and service commensurate with their career stage. Completion of the PhD degree by July 2020 is required.
The successful candidate will have record of engagement with African and/or African-American Art and Art History, broadly defined. The candidate will also ideally approach art and visual culture from an innovative theoretical position, engaging with global, transatlantic, diasporic and post-colonial contexts and ideas, the legacy of slavery, segregation and institutional racism and the contributions of African-American culture to the larger field of American art and visual culture.
The department offers programs of study leading to both the BA and PhD degrees. The new hire will teach four courses each academic year, covering a range of topics from area surveys to graduate-level courses on specialized subjects of the candidate’s choice. The candidate will also supervise undergraduate independent studies and honors theses and mentor doctoral students.
The new hire will play an active role in interdepartmental programs and centers at Rice, including the newly formed Center for African and African-American Studies (CAAAS). This includes offering courses on a regular basis that service the CAAAS African and African American Studies minor. We welcome applications from scholars whose work with the CAAAS would also engage other programs and centers on campus. The successful candidate will also be eager to engage with Houston’s dynamic and diverse urban environment and cultural institutions. Nearby museums include the Menil Collection, Project Row Houses, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
All applications must be submitted through RICEWorks
. Applicants will be asked to input the necessary information on their recommenders, who will receive a system-generated email. In this email recommenders will be instructed on the process for submitting their letters. To use a dossier service for submission of letters of recommendation, please check with that company for details on how to generate a document email address. All documents are required for the applicant to be considered for the position. These are: a cover letter (including discussion of the candidate’s research and teaching interests); CV; three letters of reference (within two weeks of application submission); and two samples of the candidate’s scholarly work.
PhD or other Doctoral Degree
Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic museum district and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of c. 3900 undergraduates and c. 2900 graduate students. Rice ranks no. 17 among national universities and third in undergraduate teaching (2019 US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities. Its hallmarks include a high level of faculty research activity; a 6:1 student-faculty ratio; a commitment to fostering diversity; and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders.
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.