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Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary Art History
Swarthmore College

Date Posted Nov. 5, 2018
Title Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary Art History
University Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA, United States
Department Department of Art and Art History
Application Deadline Dec. 1, 2018
Position Start Date Fall 2019
  • Assistant Professor
  • History - Art

The Department of Art and Art History at Swarthmore College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in modern and contemporary art history to begin Fall 2019. We seek an art historian who can teach a broad array of courses in these fields, with an ability to place national and regional art into global contexts and to examine both dominant and underrepresented histories. We welcome candidates who take transnational, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching. Likewise, we seek candidates who bring novel and inclusive perspectives to the study of modern and contemporary art.

The strongest applicants will be dedicated teacher-scholars with a well-developed field of specialization, an interest in developing courses with thematic, geographical, and temporal breadth, and a commitment to pedagogically creative undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts context. The ability to teach courses that engage with the many museums and art resources in the Greater Philadelphia area is highly valued. Teaching responsibilities will include first-year seminars, surveys, intermediate courses, and advanced seminars in the Art History program, as well as the supervision of student research projects. The faculty-to-student ratio at Swarthmore is 1 to 9.

As a department of Art and Art History, we seek an individual who can join us in connecting the two disciplines and enrich our current course offerings, as well as contribute to the broader educational programs of the college. Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree in Art History or a closely related field. Outstanding candidates who are in the final stages of dissertation writing (ABD) will be considered with the expectation that the PhD is in hand by the time of employment.

Located in the immediate suburbs of Philadelphia, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. The College offers a comprehensive and highly competitive compensation package, including a guaranteed semester of research leave with full support every fourth year.

Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and actively seeks and welcomes applicants with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. We are particularly interested in candidates who can work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see excellence/information-candidates-new-faculty.

Application Instructions
Address cover letter to Patricia Reilly, Modern/Contemporary Search Chair. Candidates should upload a cover letter describing teaching pedagogy and research, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Questions can be directed to Meghan Gebhard, Administrative Assistant:

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Full consideration will be given to all applications received by December 1, 2018. We expect to begin interviewing candidates in early January.

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Contact Information

  • Meghan Gebhard
    Department of Art and Art History
    Swarthmore College
    Swarthmore, PA
  • 610-328-8116


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