University of Pennsylvania — History of Art Assistant Professor in African Art

Tenure-track Assistant Professor. African Art. The Department of History of Art seeks a scholar-teacher with wide-ranging interests in the visual arts and architecture of the African continent. Teaching responsibilities include teaching an introduction to African art, upper-level lectures and seminars in specialty, plus participation in survey courses as well as first-year and methods seminars. Engagement with the historical, Sub-Saharan African collections and other archival and photographic resources in the Penn Museum through research and/or teaching is expected after appointment. Areas of specialization and previous fieldwork might include anthropology; archaeology; architecture and the built environment; photography; the history of dance and performance (particularly as it engages objects); and the African Diaspora (Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, Europe, etc.). Completion of Ph.D. is expected prior to appointment.

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Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, two sample syllabi, and a teaching statement that includes discussion of potential uses of the Penn Museum’s permanent collection and digital resources. Provide contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter to the website. Review of applications will begin on 11/18/2016 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of History of Art is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see:

The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.