Assistant Professor: Art History Search #1920-0026

Date Posted
September 12, 2019
Job Description

The University:

Located in Delaware, Ohio, just 30 minutes north of the Columbus metropolitan area and founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is an increasingly diverse, highly selective, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 students from across the nation and around the world.  OWU is committed to providing our students with a variety of perspectives, mentors, and role models by seeking and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty. OWU offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at

Position Overview:

Ohio Wesleyan University welcomes applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Art History.  Position begins August 2020.

We are seeking an energetic and dynamic teacher/mentor who is prepared to teach the following range of undergraduate courses: an introductory Survey of Art History II (global, 1500 to present); intermediate/upper-level courses on European Art 1750-1850, American Art, Modern Art, Contemporary Art (the latter two courses from a global perspective); an intermediate/upper-level course on Asian Art, Meso- or Native American Art, or African Art (as per the candidate’s academic background); and supervision of directed reading and art history capstone (senior thesis) projects. 

The Department of Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University supports BA degrees in studio art and art history and the BFA in studio art. Inclusion of a broad range of two- and three-dimensional media in art history courses, including architecture, is essential. All faculty also participate in academic advising.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. OWU maintains an excellent benefit package (medical, tuition waiver, retirement) and offers generous annual professional development funds, summer support for faculty and student research, and a junior faculty leave following a successful third-year review. The teaching load at Ohio Wesleyan is six courses per academic year (three per semester).  Criteria for tenure in this position will include: excellence in teaching, maintenance of a productive, ongoing research program, and active participation in departmental and university service.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Art History with primary focus in one of the specified teaching fields; 

  • Minimum of three years’ college-level teaching experience including comparable courses; 

  • Evidence of professional activity including publications and an active research program. 

Completed applications will include:

  1. Cover letter speaking to the areas mentioned above;

  2. Curriculum vitae;

  3. Three confidential reference letters of which two must include commentary on teaching effectiveness and potential.  Letters of reference should be submitted directly by your referees to the application address;

  4. Transcripts of graduate work (unofficial acceptable);

  5. Separate or combined statements on your teaching philosophy and experience, your approach to engaging with and fostering diversity on campus, and your research program.

Application materials must be submitted through email to: 

Application deadline is January 13, 2020.  Initial interviews with selected candidates will be conducted via Skype.  

OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY promotes and celebrates an inclusive environment free from constraints in areas of culture, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, family relationship, or economic barriers. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged as OWU is an equal opportunity institution and has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please find OWU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy Statement at:

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