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History of Art and Visual Culture Department: Lecturer Pool (Ongoing)

Recruitment Period

Open August 8th, 2018 through Monday, Jun 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by June 1st, 2020, you will have until June 30th, 2020 to complete your application.


The History of Art and Visual Culture Department [] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of part-time Lecturers who may be appointed to teach historic or contemporary visual cultures in the following areas:

  • Africa and its diaspora
  • Asia and its diaspora
  • Europe and the Americas
  • The Mediterranean
  • Native Americas
  • Oceania and its diaspora

The members of the department are committed to the investigation of art and visual culture from a wide range of theoretical perspectives. We seek colleagues with a secure knowledge of visual materials and demonstrated interest in examining such materials and related issues within the contexts of culture and history.

Applicants who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching and other assigned duties as well as those with university teaching experience are strongly encouraged to apply.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience and the particular courses the Lecturer is appointed to teach. Compensation for Summer Session courses may vary from courses taught during the academic year.


  • M.A. or MFA (or equivalent foreign degree) in art history/visual culture or relevant field of study (e.g., media studies or communication) at the time of application; or M. Arch. at the time of application
  • Teaching experience

Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s instructional need and the availability of funding. Appointments are typically made during one or more quarters of the regular academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters), but they may also be made during Summer Session.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00603-19P in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your scholarly background, the advertised visual cultures region that you feel you are qualified to teach, and a description of your teaching experience (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Writing sample (preferably a published article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter) (required)
  • Descriptions of three courses (one large lecture, one small lecture, one seminar) (required)
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (optional)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references or dossier service will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (e.g., dossier service, career center, etc.), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted beginning August 8, 2018 through June 1, 2020. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments beginning fall quarter 2018 through spring quarter 2021. Initial appointments made after this period must be made through other recruitments.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.



Job location

Santa Cruz, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your scholarly background, the advertised visual cultures region that you feel you are qualified to teach, and a description of your teaching experience

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Writing sample - Preferably a published article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter.

  • Course description- large lecture course

  • Course description- small lecture course

  • Course description- seminar course

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement of your teaching philosophy

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required