Assistant Professor, School of Art (6313BR)

Requisition Number: 6313BR

School/Department: CAD School of Art

College : College of Art and Design

Faculty Rank : Assistant Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: 8/2022

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The School of Art in the College of Art and Design at RIT welcomes applications for a tenure-track position in modern or contemporary art history within a global context, with expertise in one or more of the following geographic or cultural areas: African American art; African diasporic art; African art; Native North American art; Asian art; or Asian diasporic art. Engagement with innovative pedagogy is encouraged, and we are especially interested in candidates whose work could foster interdisciplinary or collaboration with RIT colleagues and/or with communities or organizations across the larger Rochester area. Examples of research directions within the candidate’s field of expertise might include critical perspectives on art history’s engagement with concepts of race and identity; investigations of art institutions, curation, and display; cross-cultural exchange; intersections of art, activism, and social justice; public art and concepts of the community; examinations of power and hegemony; or interrogations of the categorization and periodization of art.

A successful candidate would be expected to 1) teach courses in art history at the introductory undergraduate, advanced undergraduate, and graduate levels, with a typical teaching load of 2/3 prior to tenure and 3/3 following tenure; 2) develop courses related to the candidate’s area(s) of specialty; 3) pursue a scholarly research agenda resulting in peer-reviewed projects and publications; 4) engage in service activities in support of the School of Art, College of Art and Design, and RIT; 5) participate actively in the life of the university and the surrounding community.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Department/College Description

The School of Art is home to 27 full-time faculty members leading programs in ceramics, expanded forms, furniture design, glass, illustration, medical illustration, metals and jewelry design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The minor in art history is based in the School of Art. Graduate programs in the School of Art are offered in fine arts studio and art education; the connected School for American Crafts houses graduate programs in glass, furniture design, metals and jewelry design, and ceramics. To learn more about the programs, faculty, and students in SOA, please visit

Art history courses taught by School of Art faculty are open to students across RIT, but primarily serve BFA and MFA programs in the College of Art and Design.


RIT’s College of Art and Design is the university’s creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect. The College’s four schools offer programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Photographic Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design has an enrollment of more than 1,700 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, College of Art and Design | RIT.


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  • A PhD in art history, visual studies, or a related field, in hand before August 10, 2022.
  • Experience in, and commitment to, teaching at the university level.
  • Potential for an active and productive career as a scholar, as demonstrated by engagement with the field, conference presentations, publications, and relevant grants or awards.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.


Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 6313BR. Please submit your online application, application; Current curriculum vitae; Cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; and upload the following attachments:

You can contact Sarah Thompson, the search committee chair, with questions on the position at:
Review of applications will begin February 1, 2022 and will continue until an acceptable candidate is found.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to