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Employment Opportunity: Contract Assistant Professor in East Asian Art

July 26, 2017

The Department of Art History in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for an 80% time, contract faculty position in East Asian Art History beginning Spring 2018. The initial term of this appointment is for three semesters beginning in the second half of academic year 2017/18 and extending through academic year 2018/19, that is, from January 11, 2018 to May 30, 2019. The appointment is for a fixed one and a half year term. Contract faculty in the Department of Art History in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment.

Teaching responsibilities will consist of 2 undergraduate courses each semester in our core curriculum. One undergraduate course will include “Introduction to Asian Art,” which is a large enrollment course. Other undergraduate courses include “Chinese Painting,” “East Asian Art,” and possibly “Buddhist Art and Architecture.” Course assignments will depend on qualifications.

Job Opening ID: 318713

Title: Contract Asst. Prof - East Asian Art


PhD in Art History, or ABD.

Demonstrated scholarly excellence and successful college/university teaching

Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of academic preparation and professional experience, evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and 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.  East 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.  In addition to UMN's own faculty, library, museum and archival resources, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is home to one of North America's leading collections of East Asian Art.

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. 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' work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in theircommunities and the world.

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

How To Apply:

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please visit the University of Minnesota's employment website at and search for Job ID 318713. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there. 

This position requires that you attach a C.V., a letter of interest, and the names and contact information for three references.

The deadline to apply for this position is September 8, 2017.

This position will remain open until filled.


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