Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track): Art History/Visual Studies

School of Art + Design


VPAA #2016/17 – 43


The School of Art and Design at San Diego State University seeks candidates for an assistant professor tenure track position in Art History/Visual Studies. The successful candidate will teach modern and contemporary art history (for example, global studies, contemporary issues in photography, critical theory and practice of visual media, social collective art practice, the role of art and exhibitions in the contemporary world) and work with faculty to develop new courses that foster interdisciplinary, multi-media competencies for undergraduate studio and art history majors as well as for graduate students in the MFA program. Applicants must be well versed in cultural studies and be committed to interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches. The successful candidate will share administrative responsibilities in the School of Art and Design and should manifest strong qualities of professionalism and collegiality.

A Ph.D. in Art History and/or Visual Studies is required. Strong verbal and written skills are necessary. An engagement with art practice is desirable but not required. A minimum of two years’ teaching experience is preferred.


The successful candidate will have full time faculty instruction responsibilities teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses; provide critical insight and direct advanced undergraduate and graduate student research; contribute to program and School-wide curriculum development. Faculty represent the School of Art and Design at community events, participate in service-oriented activities within the university community and the community-at-large, remain active in the profession and in appropriate professional organizations. Every faculty member is expected to assume a fair share of responsibility for non-classroom activities, in order to enhance the collegiality and effectiveness of the School, College, and University, and to promote the stature of SDSU in the community.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.  SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.


This is a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Applicants should apply via Interfolio at

Review of applications will begin September 1st, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

A Ph.D. should be in-hand at the start of the appointment.

Email inquiries with subject line-Art History/Visual Studies Search – to:

Jo-Anne Berelowitz
Chair, Art History/Visual Studies Search Committee,


The School of Art and Design has 17 full-time faculty members and is part of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. Approximately 800 Art majors are currently enrolled in the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The School offers the Bachelor’s degree in Art with emphases in studio arts and design; the Master’s and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Art with concentrations in studio arts and design; as well as the Bachelor’s degree in Art History.

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) comprises 10 diverse departments/schools committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors geared to enhancing the human enterprise. The College is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social and technical fields.

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The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.

Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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