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History of Art and Visual Culture: Assistant Professor, Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures (Initial Review

University of California Santa Cruz
Paradise Park, CA
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Sep 23, 2022

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History of Art and Visual Culture: Assistant Professor,
Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures (Initial Review 11/15/22)

Position overview

Position title: History of Art and Visual

Assistant Professor, Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and
experience; academic year (nine-month basis)

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic
year beginning in September 2023. Degree requirements must be met
by June 30, 2024 for employment beyond that date.

Application Window

Open date: August 18, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022 at 11:59pm
(Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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.

Position Description

The History of Art and Visual Culture Department (HAVC, at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of
Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures. The position centers on the
Asia-Pacific region, defined as the western Pacific Ocean,
including Southeast Asia (inclusive of Taiwan and Hong Kong),
Oceania (Australia and the Pacific Islands), the Philippines, South
Asia, and/or East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea). The HAVC
Department seeks a scholar whose historical and/or
historically-informed research focuses on visual and/or material
cultures of this region. We are interested in a colleague whose
research and teaching pursue decolonial approaches to art and
visual culture practices and consider these in relation to colonial
cultures of racialization that entail incarceration, enslavement,
genocide, or forced migration, as well as the suppression of social
identities (such as those related to gender, sexuality, genealogy,
and class). We also welcome applications from scholars who address
the socio-environmental aspects of colonial modernity in the
Asia-Pacific region from critical and regionally-specific
perspectives. This position addresses these issues by advancing
local perspectives and voices in a range of historical contexts.
The successful candidate will teach and advise graduate students in
the Visual Studies Ph.D. program and major and non-major
undergraduate students in the HAVC B.A. program. We also value a
colleague who contributes to transforming the culture of higher
education institutions through their publicly-engaged research that
is deeply embedded in and attentive to the communities that they

The HAVC faculty affirms its commitment to recognizing, addressing,
and combatting all forms of discrimination, including
discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender,
sexuality, and ability. The department collectively seeks to
empower students, colleagues, and our campus community toward the
goal of creating an inclusive, respectful, and equitable
environment. We recognize that the above types of discrimination
and resulting oppression are not limited to the U.S. These are
global challenges that impact a broad range of constituencies.
Therefore, as a department, we share an ethical obligation to
create an environment that addresses the unique forms of bias that
affect our diverse community. Please see HAVC's Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion Statement:

We have a strong undergraduate major; an undergraduate
concentration in Curation, Heritage, and Museums; and a dynamic
Visual Studies Ph.D. program. HAVC faculty support the
investigation of art and visual culture from a variety of
historical and theoretical perspectives in the cultures of Africa,
the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific
Islands. The HAVC Department is in the Division of the Arts, which
also includes departments of Art; Film and Digital Media; Music;
Performance, Play & Design; 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.

Our first round of review will be based solely on (1) the letter of
application and (2) the statement of contributions to diversity,
equity and inclusion. We welcome candidates who understand the
barriers facing historically oppressed and underrepresented groups
in higher education careers and who have experience in equity and
diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life
experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse
scholarly environment. This recruitment is supported by the UC
Office of the President's Advancing Faculty Diversity program and
includes enhanced funding for faculty projects that contribute to
diversity and to creating an inclusive climate.

Our division is enjoying faculty growth, significant fundraising
successes, research centers, and innovative programming through the
Institute of the Arts and Sciences and the Mary Porter Sesnon
Gallery. The Arts Division supports faculty research through the
Arts Research Institute. The campus supports research and teaching
with grants awarded by the Committee on Research, the Committee on
Teaching, and other groups.

UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian
American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution
with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students.
In addition to encouraging participation in robust departmental,
divisional, and campus mentoring, the campus offers a Faculty
Community Networking Program that provides support for
African-American/Black/Caribbean, Asian-American/Pacific Islander,
Latinx/Chicanx, and Indigenous faculty, as well as groups for women
in STEM, faculty with disabilities, and academic mothers.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement
representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing
investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic
institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten
years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place
of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this
representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the
hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline
that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing
investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the
subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement
agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated



Basic qualifications (required at time of

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, 2024.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

Letter of application* - *Letter of application that briefly
summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position,
current research and future research plans, pedagogical approaches,
and experiences in and approaches to service

Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion*
- *Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing
traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future
contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching
and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review
guidelines on statements (see and
before preparing their application. In our evaluation of DEI
statements, the department will be using UCSC's Rubric to Assess
Candidate Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

*Initial screening of applicants will be based only on the letter
of application and the statement on contributions to diversity,
equity, and inclusion

Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Current publication or writing sample (chapter of dissertation
if no publication)

Description or syllabus for course (1 of 3 required) -
Description or syllabus for introductory undergraduate lower
division course

Description or syllabus for course (2 of 3 required) -
Description or syllabus for upper division undergraduate

Description or syllabus for course (3 of 3 required) -
Description or syllabus for graduate seminar
Reference requirements

3-5 letters of reference required
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

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Campus Information

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) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only
individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as
established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration
Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by
federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate
to pass an E-Verify check (see The university
sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered
academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact
Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment
needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment,
our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher
Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal
HERC website at
to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package
and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For
information about employee benefits please visit

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with
the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the
policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable,
submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption,
Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on
pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of
California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of
the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this
paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local
public health directives may impose additional requirements.
Additional information and resources for compliance are located on
the campus COVID-19 Vaccines webpage.


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