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Assistant Professor of Art History


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Art & Art History (10000830)
Employee Designation:  Temporary Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Mississippi announces an opening for an Assistant Professor of Art History with the ability to teach African and African American art. The position is a 9-month, full-time, benefits-eligible renewable position. The successful candidate will join the department’s ongoing commitment to shifting the discourse of art history and to its endeavor to be responsive to a diverse student body and global society. The University of Mississippi is located in Oxford, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top college towns. The University has an R-1 Carnegie Classification and is recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education.



The candidate will teach a global survey of prehistoric through medieval art, a course on writing and research, and upper-level classes in African and African American art. The teaching load is three classes per semester. The successful candidate is expected to be engaged actively in research and to be an involved member of the department and university community, including the African American Studies program.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Art History or a closely related field completed by the time of appointment and teaching experience are required.

Application Procedures

As part of their application, candidates should submit a cover letter that outlines their 1) teaching experience; 2) philosophy on teaching; 3) active engagement with research; and 4) contributions/commitment to advancing diversity. Applicants also should upload a current CV and the names and contact information for four references familiar with the applicant’s work. Finalists will be asked later to submit two writing samples, two sample syllabi, and unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required upon hiring). Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. All materials should be submitted online at University of Mississippi Careers ( Please direct inquiries about this position to Dr. Nancy L. Wicker (, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and Chair of the Search Committee.


Additional Information

Funds are available for continued professional development, and the University offers an extremely competitive retirement plan. The initial appointment begins August 19, 2021 and may be renewed for up to two additional years by mutual agreement. Extension beyond three years will be dependent on available budget funding. We recognize the importance of a diverse faculty and a supportive educational and professional environment that affirms the value of cultural diversity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who are traditionally underrepresented in academia and from all candidates who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi