Instructional Assistant Professor of Art History


University, MS, US, 38677

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

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Position Description

The Department of Art & Art History at The University of Mississippi invites applications for an Instructional Assistant Professor of Art History beginning August 22, 2024. This position is 9-months, annually renewable, full-time, non-tenure-track, and benefits-eligible. It requires a M.A. or ABD (Ph.D. preferable) in Art History or in a related field at the time of appointment. Candidates will possess a commitment and ability to teach some combination of survey courses, Early Modern courses including Renaissance and Baroque, and Twentieth-Century art. The anticipated teaching load is four classes per semester, including both in-person and online courses. 


Candidates will work with undergraduate students in the BA in Art History, the BA in Art, the BFA in Art, and with non-art majors, as well as with graduate students pursuing the MFA in Studio Art. The primary responsibilities for this position include teaching art history courses at both the lower and upper divisions, mentoring students in the program both academically as well as with career preparation, and performing service appropriate to the position, including recruitment and participation in shared governance. 


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.


More information about the University’s Pathways to Equity:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan may be found at
The Equity-in-Action Plan for the College of Liberal Arts may be found at
The Department of Art & Art History’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion may be found at

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

M.A. or ABD (Ph.D. preferable) in Art History or in a related field at the time of appointment.

Application Procedures

Applicants should complete the University’s online application form at, submit a letter of intent and an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae including the names and contact information for three references familiar with the applicant’s work and teaching. Applicants who proceed beyond the initial screening may be asked to submit additional materials. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until an adequate pool has been established. More information about the department can be found at Please direct inquiries about this position to Dr. Nancy L. Wicker, Chair of the Search Committee (

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

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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.

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