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Assistant Professor of South Asian History

March 15, 2017

The Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of South Asian art (tenure track) beginning Fall 2017. We invite applications from scholars whose research focuses on any historical period and geographic area of South Asia, but especially welcome candidates specializing in the art, architecture or archaeology of ancient through early modern South Asia, particularly those that complement current faculty strengths in ancient Iran or the Ottoman and Safavid empires.

In addition to upper-level/graduate teaching in their areas of research, ideal candidates will be able to teach broadly within South Asia and contribute to undergraduate Asian art surveys.

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

Responsibilities include: engaging actively in research; teaching courses on all undergraduate and graduate levels (from broad surveys of South Asian art to specialized graduate seminars); and the supervision of senior projects, M.A. qualifying papers, and doctoral dissertations.  We seek candidates who will work collaboratively with their colleagues in Art History as well as with faculty in other departments and engage in the interdisciplinary life of the College. Faculty members of this department are committed to outstanding, theoretically-driven research and to the support of and collaboration with younger colleagues. 

The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Art History are available at:

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Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Art History or related field (A.B.D. considered but Ph.D. is strongly preferred by appointment start date); college/university-level teaching experience; a promising record of research and publication.  If Ph.D is completed by the start date (August 28, 2017), appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.


About the Department

The Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota consists of approximately 10 core faculty, 65 undergraduate majors, and 20 graduate students.  South Asian art history has a long been a strength of University of Minnesota and benefits from a thriving multi-disciplinary community of scholars across the College of Liberal Arts.

The Ames South Asia Library at the University of Minnesota is one of the world’s outstanding resources for the study of South Asia.

The Department of Art History is housed within the College of Liberal Arts and has active collaborations with faculty throughout the University, including those in Asian Languages and Literatures, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, the Center for Early Modern History, American Studies, Studio Art, and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literatures.

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life's work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.

The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education.

In addition to UMN's own faculty, library, museum and archival resources, the Twin Cities is a culturally rich area with, among many other resources, two Indian dance companies and an Indian Music Society. A search for a South Asia curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is just concluding, and the University of Minnesota is home to South Asia specialists in many departments.

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and more than 65,000 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online. To be considered for this position, please click the "apply" button and follow the instructions. You will be given an opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Additional documents must be attached by accessing your “My Activities” page. The following materials must be attached to your online application: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) names, addresses, and email contact of three references as separate attachment in “My Activities."

Addtional materials may be requested at a later date.

The deadline to apply for this position is April 14, 2017

This position will remain open until filled.


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Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.