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History of Art and Visual Culture: Assistant Professor, Europe in the Age of Colonialism and Resistance, 1500-1950 (open until filled, initial review 12/2/19)

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 21st, 2019
Next review date: Monday, Dec 2, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The History of Art and Visual Culture Department ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Europe in the Age of Colonialism and Resistance, 1500-1950. Across the centuries, European nations colonized much of the globe, impacting indigenous traditions and also changing European culture in fundamental ways. We seek a scholar whose research considers some aspect of Europe’s colonial agenda and its consequences, examining European art, architecture, and/or visual culture in ways that complicate the picture of European expansion and challenge the so-called Western episteme from a global perspective. Applicants must be capable of teaching a wide range of courses (large lecture to seminar) at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department faculty support the investigation of art and visual culture from a variety of theoretical perspectives in the cultures of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific Islands.

The History of Art and Visual Culture Department is in the Division of the Arts, which also includes Departments of Art, Film and Digital Media, Music, Theater Arts, and the M.F.A. Program in Digital Arts & New Media. There are opportunities for scholarly and teaching connections in these areas, as well as with colleagues and programs across the campus. The campus operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year. In accordance with the department’s workload policy, faculty members are required to offer the equivalent of 5 five-unit courses per year (which normally means teaching 4 courses over three quarters and carrying out other academic and service responsibilities), effectively advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, actively engage in research, and undertake administrative service for the department, affiliated college, campus, and university. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable.

We have a strong undergraduate major and a dynamic Visual Studies Ph.D. program. Our division is enjoying faculty growth, significant fundraising successes, research centers, and innovative programming through the Institute of the Arts and Sciences. The Arts Division supports faculty research through the Arts Research Institute ( and the Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence (; the campus supports research and teaching with grants awarded by the Committee on Research (, the Committee on Teaching (, and other groups.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity, diversity, and inclusion with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Assistant Professor, tenure track

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in art history, visual studies, or a related field. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30, 2020.

July 1, 2020, with the academic year beginning in September 2020. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2021 for employment beyond that date.

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

Please refer to Position # JPF00747-20 in all correspondence.

• Letter of application outlining scholarly background, current and future research plans, and pedagogical approaches (required)
• Curriculum vitae (required)
• A current publication or writing sample (chapter of dissertation if no publication) (required)
• Descriptions or syllabi for three courses (one introductory undergraduate large lecture course; one advanced undergraduate course; and one graduate seminar) (required)
• Statement addressing contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service (required). See guidelines at:

Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please 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 (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by December 2, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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) 459-3676.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application outlining scholarly background, current and future research plans, and pedagogical approaches

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

  • A current publication or writing sample - Chapter of dissertation if no publication

  • Statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. See guidelines at:

  • Description or syllabus for one introductory undergraduate large lecture course

  • Description or syllabus for one advanced undergraduate course

  • Description or syllabus for one graduate seminar

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required