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Assistant Professor: African American Art/African or African Diaspora

Santa Clara University
Washington, DC
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Oct 5, 2022

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Job Title: Assistant Professor: African American Art/African or African Diaspora

Job Description:

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY, a Jesuit, Catholic university located in the Silicon Valley area of California, seeks candidates to fill the position of Assistant Professor, a tenure-track faculty position in African American art, secondary expertise in the arts of Africa or the greater African Diaspora desirable. The Department of Art and Art History has a commitment to recruit faculty from under-represented groups, contributing to our continuation to meet our diversity and inclusion goals and actions, both in the classroom and in the larger Department community. Courses to be taught include a two-quarter Culture and Ideas 1 & 2 sequence, possibly one course for Culture and Ideas 3, an introductory course in African American, African diaspora, or African art, and upper division courses in the candidate's area of specialty. Cultures and Ideas courses will be broadly grounded in the applicant's specialty with a strong interdisciplinary approach to the field; see for more information. Ability to teach African American art as part of a broader global perspective is thus highly desirable. Ph.D. required by time of appointment, as well as publications and teaching experience beyond the level of teaching assistant. The Department of Art and Art History is situated in a recently-built facility, equipped with custom designed art history classrooms. The department offers majors and minors in Art History as part of well-rounded liberal arts education. We are seeking teaching scholars who will develop and present their scholarship at a national and international level while maintaining a successful learning environment for students.

This position is part of a cluster hire in Race, Inequality, and Social Justice . The six participating departments are Art and Art History, English, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, and Religious Studies. The 2022 cohort includes faculty in Anthropology, Child Studies, Classics, Communication, History, and Religious Studies. The purpose of the cluster hire is to recruit talented, accomplished, diverse faculty members who will advance knowledge and understanding in this area through their scholarship and teaching. Once hired, the faculty in the cluster will meet regularly as a cohort to network with a variety of colleagues in the College and University involved in scholarship and teaching related to the theme of the cluster.

Santa Clara University is an educational institution that highly values ethics, social justice, and global engagement. The ability to involve undergraduate students in your scholarship is strongly desirable, as well as the potential for engagement with one of our three Centers of Distinction (Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics). Salary and benefits are highly competitive. Benefits package includes registered domestic partners, housing subsidy program, pre-tenure research leave, and internal grant program.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in African American Art (art history or similar area of study) and a minimum of one year (full time or equivalent) of teaching art history at the college level are required at time of appointment. Candidate must demonstrate a record of, or demonstrate outstanding potential for exceptional teaching, scholarship, and professional achievements. Ability to teach and work effectively in a liberal arts institution, in a joint Art and Art History department that serves many non-art history majors, required. Excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to provide valuable service to the department and greater institution required, as commensurate with position.

In addition to the ability to perform the above duties, the new hire must demonstrate a commitment to contributing to and/or promoting an inclusive learning environment. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and we seek candidates whose research, teaching, life experience, and/or service have prepared them to help us fulfill these commitments. The Department is therefore committed to recruit faculty from under-represented groups, contributing to our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and initiatives. We especially encourage applicants whose goals, teaching, or life experience enriches the diversity within the Department and academic community.

A successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to collaboration with undergraduates, an understanding of the Jesuit educational mission, and an appreciation for an institution of higher learning that centrally values ethics, social justice, and global engagement.

Position begins September 2023. Duties will include but are not limited to: developing and teaching courses in the area of specialization, the Department, and University Core Curriculum, conducting appropriate research and scholarly publishing, advising/mentoring undergraduate students, and performing departmental and university service as appropriate to rank and seniority. Normal course load is 7 courses, with an annual one-course reduction for active scholarship. SCU offers one course reduction in the first quarter, and a junior faculty development leave (fourth year) upon successful completion of the mid-probationary review.


Tenure track faculty at SCU are teaching scholars who are expected to balance teaching, research and service. This is an in-person position. More specifically, duties include but are not limited to:


1. Teach lower- and upper-division courses in the major and university core curriculum, as assigned by the chair, including a two-quarter Culture and Ideas 1 & 2 sequence, possibly one course for Culture and Ideas 3, an introductory course in African American, African diaspora, or African art, and upper division courses in the candidate's area of specialty. SCU is on the quarter system and a typical load is two courses per quarter. Teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

a. Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared manner that demonstrates a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively.

b. Assigning and evaluating written work, projects, and exams that align with course or core learning objectives and providing timely feedback to students.

c. Holding weekly office hours at times reasonably convenient to students.

d. Assigning and submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate, and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline.

e. Administering numerical and narrative evaluations in each section for all courses.

2. Develop and teach courses that contribute to curriculum development in the relevant degree program and/or the university core. Faculty teaching university core courses should follow an approved syllabus or work with the chair to design an appropriate syllabus for submission for approval from the relevant Faculty Core Curriculum Committee.

3. Participate in assessment of student learning for courses in the department.

4. Provide informed advice and mentoring to undergraduate students.

5 Fulfill other instructional or academic duties as may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or by the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History.


1. Develop a research program at SCU that will result in the publication of peer-reviewed publications, monographs, and/or creative work per the department scholarship standards.

2. The college values research which can accommodate undergraduates.


1. Provide effective service to the Department of Art and Art History, the College, the University and profession through contributions other than teaching and scholarship such as service on committees, participation in professional organizations and activities, and community service performed by virtue of professional expertise or association with the university as appropriate to rank and experience.

Application Deadline: October 30, 2022

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application via online at and upload all of the following documents:

(1) curriculum vitae

(2) graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage)

(3) three letters of recommendation or contact information for three references, (confidential letters of recommendation must be emailed outside the system to the primary recruiter, who will upload them into Workday.)

(4) sample syllabi or course outlines-one lower-division, one upper-division

(5) teaching evaluations, if available

(6) personal statement(s) covering

a) teaching philosophy

b) research plan

c) description/discussion of the applicant's experiences working and/or living with people of diverse cultures and identities and how such experiences enhance their teaching and/or scholarship

(7) at least one example of representative scholarship, e.g., published article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter

(8) a statement of how the candidate's research plans might foster intradepartmental and interdepartmental connections. This last requirement is to bring to the front of the search process a criterion that is used in the evaluation rubric - namely the potential and ability to contribute to one or more departmental, College, or University priorities, or connection to the Centers, RLCs, etc.3 (Evaluation Rubric Criteria.)

(9) cover letter (letter of application).

Please apply online via . The department timeline includes preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom or telephone in November and campus visits are tentatively scheduled to start in December 2022.

Hiring Range: Competitive salary and benefits package; housing assistance program.

Santa Clara is a Jesuit and Catholic university and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically under-represented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability. Also, Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website at The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States. SCU provides sponsorship to foreign nationals in certain circumstances, see for more information.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Assistant Professor, Location: Washington, DC - 20037
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