Assistant Professor – Americanist Art Historian

The property
Department of the History of Art and Architecture
College of Humanities and Fine Arts

  About UMass Amherst:

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

  Job Description:

The Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a specialist in the visual arts and/or material culture of the Americas (specialty open) at the rank of assistant professor.

We seek a specialist prepared to utilize the rich resources in architecture and museum collections available nearby in New England, but who also can teach more broadly over regions, times, cultures and materials. Ideally the successful candidate would have strength in a variety of media beyond painting and sculpture, and might be able to offer classes in areas such as Native American art, Latin American art, or art of the Black Atlantic world. The development of a new, large enrollment course that introduces the history of art through a specific subject or a wide-ranging historical survey is expected.

We are looking for candidates who might also contribute to our department’s growing strength in transregional and transcultural approaches and foster important interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments across campus and in the Five Colleges.

This is a full-time (9-month) tenure-track position beginning September 1, 2019. Course load is two courses per semester plus contributions to team-taught surveys. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


PhD required, with demonstrated professional capabilities and ambitions.

Additional Information:

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit letter of purpose, CV, graduate transcript, copies of publications, statement of teaching methods/philosophy, course outlines and/or syllabi, and a list of three current references with full contact information including valid email addresses to:

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of December 8, 2018 in order to ensure consideration.
Listing Location

Amherst, MA 01003, USA