Job Opening – Art Historian (10/2010)

2010 October 6

Latin American Modern/Contemporary Art Historian
University of California, San Diego Visual Arts Department

Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2011. Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on UC pay scales.

The Department of Visual Arts within the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body). We seek a specialist in the history, theory, and criticism of Modern/ Contemporary Latin American art and/or media (including Mexico, Central and South America). The department combines a highly regarded MFA program with an innovative Ph.D. program in Art and Media History, Theory and Criticism, and a new Ph.D. concentration in art practice. Our faculty, students, and graduates have an international reputation for investigating complex sites of interaction between artistic practice, history, theory and criticism. They also share a strong interest in Latin American art and culture. The archives of InSite, the groundbreaking cross-border art event, are held by the UCSD Library, and our faculty and students interact regularly with the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies on campus. Candidates having interdisciplinary connections including, but not limited to, curatorial practice, public culture, new media, and diasporic studies are encouraged to apply.

We seek candidates whose research, teaching, or service have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. Applicants are asked to summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity in their personal statement. Contributions might include such things as providing leadership in teaching, mentoring, research or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment and/or increasing access or participation of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

The candidate will teach undergraduate lecture and seminar courses, including a general survey course on Latin America art and/or media history, as well as graduate seminars attended by MFA, Ph.D and Ph.D (practice) students. The department offers the B.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D.

UCSD is a research university that actively promotes and supports individual faculty research. Candidate should have a record of excellence in research and teaching. Ph.D. (or close to completion) required.

To apply, please access RECRUIT, our electronic system at

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three references (do not send letters of recommendation and/or placement files) and evidence of work in the field. The evidence may be in the form of off prints of articles, copies of books, etc. in PDF format. Applicants should also include in their cover letters a personal statement summarizing teaching experience and leadership efforts, and past or potential contributions to diversity.

All applications received by December 1, 2010, or thereafter until position is filled, will receive thorough consideration. Please reference position #AH-11 on all correspondence. UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff. Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986).

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