Visiting Assistant Professor – Art History & Director of Nightingale Gallery

Deadline July 01, 2019

Job Description:
Eastern Oregon University’s (EOU) Art Department invites applicants for the dual position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History and Director of the Nightingale Gallery. We are an active and cohesive art program, forming a close community of artists, faculty, and students in La Grande, Oregon in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Our program encourages multi-disciplinary, boundary-free investigation and risk-taking. We value not only knowing how to make things, but also the ability to articulate and thoughtfully analyze what we create. We believe the creative problem-solving skills, self-reflection, and novel thinking strategies learned here serve students in all aspects of their creative, professional, and personal lives.

This position is a one academic year replacement that begins September 16, 2019.

The successful candidate will be well-versed in contemporary art practices and history and will exhibit a commitment to closely mentoring art majors in conceptual, technical, and professional issues throughout their capstone sequence which culminates in final senior group exhibitions each spring. Art historians with active interests in new media, contemporary visual culture, gender studies, indigenous studies, Latinx studies, new genres or focuses relevant to underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

Principal responsibilities will be a teaching load that includes 100- and 200-level art history survey classes and serving as Director of the Nightingale Gallery.

Gallery Director duties include all phases of curating and planning the following season’s exhibition schedule, as well as hiring and supervising student gallery workers, installing, and promoting programming for the 2019-2020 exhibition calendar.

We are interested in welcoming an enthusiastic contemporary art professional who will actively collaborate with faculty, scholars, artists, and students to develop and maintain dynamic and interdisciplinary programming for our small campus gallery.

This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal depending on program requirements and University needs.

Minimum Qualifications:
M.A. or ABD in Art History or related field, and 1-3 years experience in a university and/or non-profit gallery or museum setting.
Commitment to excellence in teaching.
Commitment to mentoring undergraduate Art students.
Must satisfactorily complete EOU criminal and credential background check.
Valid work authorization documents required.

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La Grande, Oregon

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