Job opening: Assistant Professor of Visual studies (contemporary Asian visual culture)

Institution:   California College of the Arts, Oakland and San Francisco campuses
Location:   California, United States
Position:   Assistant Professor, full-time, tenure-track

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing.  The college also has graduate programs in architecture, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, fine arts, visual and critical studies and writing.  Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment.  Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives.  With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,930 full-time students.

The Visual Studies Program, housed in the Division of Humanities & Sciences, prepares the colleges undergraduate students to engage critically with global visual culture of the past and present. Through its major/minor curriculum, as well as through general education requirements, the program trains students to contextualize, analyze, evaluate, and interpret imagery and objects of all kinds. Coursework covers the traditional fine arts of painting, sculpture, architecture, design, photography, and the graphic arts as well as television, film, commercial and journalistic imagery, zines, video, the web, and other artifacts of popular culture. The Masters program in Visual and Critical Studies examines the role of images, artifacts, and visual experiences in contemporary society, emphasizing interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study, historical grounding, social and political analysis, and the artistic aspects of written communication.

CCA is seeking candidates for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the field of contemporary Asian visual culture, to begin August 2012. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in art history or visual culture. Candidates publication record and teaching interests should primarily focus on East and/or Southeast Asia, but engagement with and knowledge of the contemporary visual culture of Western Asia is desirable. Research/teaching can be address any area of the fine arts, popular visual culture, or media arts, and demonstrated interest in issues of race, gender, ethnicity, or other categories of difference will be privileged in the selection process.

In keeping with the colleges commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable, diverse scholarly environment and curriculum. We value collaboration, intellectual flexibility and creative approaches to scholarship and to teaching. Teaching load is five courses per academic year (typically 2/3); active participation in program assessment/development and committee service is required. Visual Studies faculty teach the programs general education requirements, including introductory historical surveys, sophomore-level electives, and capstone seminars. Candidates may also have occasional opportunities to teach at the graduate level in the Visual and Critical Studies program and elsewhere.

Successful applicants for this full-time academic position will be expected to have completed a PhD in a relevant field at the time of their appointment and to show evidence of effective teaching or equivalent experience in a cultural organization. Must demonstrate achievement and potential to make significant contributions in the applicants specific field of research. Leadership ability and, especially, commitment to collaboration are required.

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Postmark deadline for applications is January 2, 2012.
NOTE:  If you wish to be notified of the status of your application for this position, please provide a current email address on your resume or cover letter.

application instructions:
Only candidates seeking an assistant professor-level position should apply.

Interested candidates should submit the following (preferably via email):
1) PDF #1:
Cover letter (please indicate if you plan to attend CAA);
One-page statement of research interests;
One-page statement of teaching philosophy.

2) PDF #2:
Writing sample.

3) Letters from three professional references under separate cover(s) or as a third PDF.
Email materials to or mail to:

California College of the Arts
Human Resources (Job # 2065)
5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618-1487
Fax (510) 594-3681

If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file.  Documents larger than 10MB, should be submitted on CD and forwarded to CCA as indicated above.

CCA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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