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

School of Art + Design



The School of Art and Design at San Diego State University (SDSU) seeks candidates for an assistant professor tenure track position in Art History/Visual Studies.


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; and 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.


Salary commensurate with experience.


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 art and design, critical theory and practice of visual media, social or collective art practice, the role of art and exhibitions in the contemporary world) and work with faculty to develop new courses that foster interdisciplinary, concept-driven, multimedia, and/or participatory competencies for undergraduate studio and art history majors as well as for graduate students in the MFA program. Applicants must be well versed in global cultural studies and be committed to interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning. The successful candidate will share administrative responsibilities in the School of Art and Design and should manifest strong qualities of professionalism and collegiality.

The School of Art is committed to increasing diversity within its curriculum, support programs, as well as in its faculty, staff, and student populations. As we aim to promote an inclusive and supportive environment, we encourage applicants to apply and to identify their strengths in this area. Successful candidates must have the clear potential or demonstrated ability and/or related research to work effectively with and benefit underrepresented populations.

A PhD in Art History and/or Visual Studies is required. Strong verbal and written communication is necessary. A minimum of two years’ teaching experience is preferred. Candidate will show potential for continuous, ongoing, productive professional growth through published and/or other types of peer-reviewable research.


Applicants should apply via Interfolio at:
Review of applications will begin March 2, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
A Ph.D. should be in-hand at the start of the appointment.

Applicants should clearly indicate in the application, either in the letter of interest or in a separate statement, past accomplishments and future plans to:

  1. engage in service with underrepresented populations in higher education;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education;
  3. build on past experience and/or demonstrate commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students;
  4. integrate understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research;
  5. extend knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group;
  6. be committed to research that engages underrepresented communities;
  7. show expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration; and/or
  8. pursue research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Applicants must meet at least three of the above criteria.

Mark Siprut, Associate Professor
Chair, Art History/Visual Studies Search Committee,
Subject line: Art History/Visual Studies Search


With more than 1500 faculty and over 36,000 students, San Diego State University is one of the largest universities in the western United States. Located in a large and ethnically diverse metropolitan center bordering Mexico and on the Pacific Rim, the University uses the social, cultural, scientific, and technical resources of this region to enrich its teaching and research programs. SDSU celebrated its centennial in 1997 and currently offers the Bachelor’s degree in 95 areas, the Master’s degree in 78, and the Doctorate in 22. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university, and a 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/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the 23-campus California State University system. Web site:


The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises 10 diverse departments / schools committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors intended to enhance 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. The College highly values interdisciplinary studies. Web site:


The School of Art and Design has 15 full-time faculty members and is part of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. Approximately 850 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.


Arts Alive SDSU is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff at San Diego State University to engage in the arts as an integral part of a comprehensive education that promotes creative research, interdisciplinary collaboration, professional innovation, and personal enrichment on campus and in the community. Arts Alive works to raise awareness of the vibrant arts programming at SDSU, while increasing attendance at SDSU arts events both on- and off-campus. Arts Alive facilitates collaborations among students and faculty in the arts, humanities, and sciences in courses that apply artistic practices as a mode of critical inquiry. All of this serves to develop a national profile for SDSU as a progressive educational institution, providing arts-based models of interdisciplinary research, community engagement, and program assessment. Web site: 

The School of Art + Design is committed to practicing policies of inclusion, diversity, access, and equity in student advising, faculty hiring and mentoring, and the tenure and promotion process. We encourage applicants whose teaching experience and/or research activities demonstrate commitment to working with underrepresented populations and communities. Please visit our website for information about the School and its programs: <>. 

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.