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Full-time Lecturer, Global Asian Studies - Art and Visual and Material Culture
Tufts University

Date Posted Oct. 28, 2022
Title Full-time Lecturer, Global Asian Studies - Art and Visual and Material Culture
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • History - Asian
    Ethnic/Multicultural Studies

The Department of Visual and Material Studies (VMS) in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts University is seeking a Full-Time Lecturer (non-tenure stream) specialized in Global Asian Studies (GAS) with a focus on Art and Visual and Material Culture to begin September 1, 2023. Successful candidates will examine the specificity of Asian contexts while understanding them in relation to broader international dynamics. We welcome candidates who show scholarly and pedagogical engagement in both historical and theoretical perspectives that encompass diasporic experiences, trans-Pacific and Global trade networks, and/or decolonizing strategies for Asian art and visual and material culture. We encourage perspectives that draw connections between past global histories and practices with some attention to the way these histories might inform contemporary art across media. Proposed courses might look at how images, objects, environments, and people shape collective identities and cultural diversity within Asia and beyond. These priorities reflect our departmental and institutional commitment to augment, nurture, articulate, and voice diverse, equitable, and inclusive narratives. 

Applicants with proven teaching experience and a strong commitment to teaching excellence are ideal candidates for the position. A promising record of research and scholarship that informs pedagogy and advising is preferred. We are especially interested in colleagues who desire to teach in an art school setting interacting with both studio courses and academic subjects with rigor and fluidity.  

Responsibilities include teaching to BFA and MFA students as well as undergraduate and graduate students in the liberal arts and sciences, advising and mentoring students, and fulfilling service responsibilities within the department, school, and university. The candidate should expect to contribute to departmental programs and interdepartmental collaborations within Tufts. 

The Department values diversity among its faculty, is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly welcomes applications from women and minorities. 

Tufts is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty, and is striving to become an anti-racist institution.  


Ph.D. degree or ABD in Asian Studies; Visual or Material Culture Studies; Art and Architectural History; or other related disciplines is required. Three years of teaching experience is preferred.  

All applications are to be submitted via Interfolio, at

Applicants should upload the following: cover letter, CV,  writing sample and three letters of recommendation, submitted directly by the authors and uploaded to Interfolio. The cover letter should include a statement about how the candidate will contribute in their teaching to the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Review of applications will begin January 20, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Please address any questions to

All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check and meeting the University’s current COVID-19 vaccination requirements. 

Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. 

Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at 

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Contact Information

  • Emily Gephart
    School of the Museum of Fine Arts
    Tufts University
    Boston, MA 02111


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