Assistant Professor of Art/Architecture of the Middle East, North Africa, and Iberia, 600-1500 CE

  • Deadline: Nov 15, 2023
  • Evanston, IL

The Department of Art History at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the art or architecture of the Middle East, North Africa, and Iberia, from 600–1500 CE.

The geographical and temporal fields of specialization within these parameters are open. Particularly welcome are scholars whose work engages with transregional and intercultural contexts within and beyond the Islamic world; visual and material culture; architecture, urbanism, and the environment; archaeology, heritage, and preservation; or technical art history. This position is meant to complement areas of departmental strength in ancient, early modern, and modern art of the Middle East and North Africa; the art of Africa and the African Diaspora; Indo-Islamic and Mughal South Asia; and medieval and early modern Europe.

The ideal candidate would also complement faculty in other Northwestern departments, including History and Religious Studies, and programs such as Middle East and North African Studies, African Studies, Medieval Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts. The department is firmly committed to racial justice and equity, here and across the world, and as such candidates whose interests and experiences align with these values are welcome.

The successful candidate will teach four courses annually over the course of three academic quarters, at both undergraduate and graduate levels; share in departmental service; and contribute to the vibrant intellectual community within and beyond the department. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in art history or an adjacent field by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter. This is a full-time position starting September 1, 2024.

How to apply

Please submit:

  1. a letter of application explaining your research accomplishments and goals, and your teaching ideals, commitments, and strengths;
  2. a statement describing how your research and pedagogy contribute to Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  3. a current CV;
  4. one sample course syllabus from within your field;
  5. the names of three references, with contact information. Letters of recommendation will not be requested until after the application deadline.

Candidates who advance in the search will be asked to submit a writing sample of no more than 10,000 words. Application materials must be submitted electronically by November 15, 2023. Address any questions about this position to Mel Keiser: [email protected].

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