University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Department Chair and Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor, Department of Art and Art History

Department Chair and Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor,
Department of Art and Art History
College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for Department Chair and Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor in the Department of Art & Art History, which is comprised of diverse faculty representing a range of fields, media, and methodologies.  The start date will be July 1, 2023.

We welcome candidates in any discipline of art history, studio art practice, or related fields with the credentials to be appointed at the rank of full professor with tenure. Candidates will be asked to articulate an innovative vision for the future of the department that values forward thinking, critical inquiry, creativity, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are seeking candidates who have an outstanding record of research and/or artistic achievement, teaching, and service, as well as experience as a dynamic, consultative leader and administrator. 

The chair supports departmental faculty and staff in their academic, research, and service activities, and facilitates student recruitment, budget administration, and personnel management.  We seek applicants committed to diversity and inclusion in higher education, including but not limited to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students. Charged with building these important relationships, the chair will work with a wide range of constituencies. The term of the chair will be four years, with the possibility for a second term, after which the chair will continue to serve on the faculty as a Full Professor. We welcome applications from individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths or who have achieved excellence outside of academia.

Department Profile
The Department of Art & Art History is a dynamic center for research, teaching, and learning within the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The department is comprised of twenty full-time faculty and seven staff members. It supports BA, BFA, and MFA degrees in Studio Art; and BA, MA and joint MA/MSLS or MSIS, and PhD degrees in Art History. These programs of study hone our students’ skills in artistic and intellectual inquiry by giving them analytical and communication skills to engage in critical creative and scholarly work, as well as the ability to think across disciplines, guiding them to be curious, inventive, responsible scholars, artists, and members of the community. 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a Research One institution that serves the state of North Carolina, the United States, and the world beyond through teaching, research, and public service. UNC’s student body reflects the state’s steadily increasing diversity. This year’s incoming class is 12% Black/African American, 21% Asian or Asian American, 10% Hispanic, Latinx, 2% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 65% white.  Of Carolina’s newest students, 19% will be the first in their families to graduate from college. The Department of Art & Art History is one of 44 departments and curricula in the College of Arts & Sciences.  As the largest unit on campus, the College of Arts & Sciences forms the academic core of the Carolina experience. UNC’s mission is to serve as a center for research, scholarship, and creativity and to teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to become the next generation of thinkers. 

Equal Opportunity Employer
The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes all to apply without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Please submit an online application at  Include a cover letter and CV, a list of four professional references, as well as 1-2 publications or a selection of creative work.  Please provide approximately 15 images in a single PDF file; for work in other media, please provide links embedded in a PDF.  The cover letter should address research and/or artistic achievements as well as leadership and administrative experience, and work with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.  Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit statements of research, of teaching philosophy, and of past and potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Letters may be requested from reference providers identified by shortlisted candidates; reference providers may also be contacted by email or phone.

Review of applications will begin on October 28, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.