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Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty

Job Summary:

Ph.D. in Art History or equivalent by start of appointment
Area of specialization: history of the arts and visual cultures of Japan

Assistant professor candidates must show evidence of outstanding teaching and research potential and must be willing to teach upper and lower-level courses on a regular basis. Associate and full professor candidates must in addition to the above have a distinguished record of research.

The Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to invite applications for an open rank Mirviss Chair position in Japanese art history. The position is endowed and includes an annual research budget. The department is open to any time period, any field of inquiry in Japanese art history and methodological approach. Candidates who can teach Japanese art historical and visual cultural traditions comparatively within an expanded regional or global context are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate may also be involved in the department's curatorial program.

We are looking for outstanding scholars with innovative, dynamic, and generative research agendas, who are committed to considering and contributing diverse perspectives within the classroom and the larger communities of the University, the city of Madison, and the State of Wisconsin. The successful candidate should have demonstrated research in the field and will also be expected to have sufficient skills to work closely with curators on the Japanese art collection at the Chazen Museum of Art.

The position involves significant ongoing research and publication, as well as performance of department, university and community services as appropriate for faculty rank. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting campus organizations and initiatives, such as the Center for East Asia; the Center for Visual Cultures; the Center for Design and Material Culture; the Division of the Arts; the Center for the Humanities; and the Institute for Research in the Humanities, as well as make sure of the outstanding collection of the Kohler Art Library and the Chazen Museum of Art.

The UW-Madison Art History Department takes a leading role in innovative research, teaching, and outreach activities. Examining expressive media, from archaeological artifacts to new media technologies, we explore the ways in which art and visual and material culture are fully integrated into larger cultural histories. Through interdisciplinary collaborations, we work through aesthetic, historical, economic, and ethical questions in order to produce new knowledge, sophisticated readers, engaged writers, critical viewers, and confident cultural citizens who are well prepared to thrive in the global society.

The successful candidate will regularly teach a survey course on the "Art of Asia" and courses in Japanese art at all levels, from early Japan to the modern including courses in their area of specialty. The regular teaching load is two courses per semester, and will include undergraduate and graduate courses, at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels, including "gateway" courses required for the major. Teaching will also involve mentoring of MA and PhD student research and directing undergraduate and graduate theses. The selected applicant will pursue a well-articulated and designed agenda of scholarly/creative productivity. In addition, they will participate in graduate degree committees, advising, and recruiting activities; collaborate in the ongoing work of the Department; and carry out leadership and service within the School, College, and University.

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PhD or other terminal degree, or a degree at least one level above the level of instruction, or otherwise approved as qualified by the Dean
Ph.D. in Art History or equivalent by start of appointment
Area of specialization: history of the arts and visual cultures of Japan


Assistant professor candidates must show evidence of outstanding teaching and research potential and must be willing to teach upper and lower-level courses on a regular basis. Associate and full professor candidates must in addition to the above have a distinguished record of research

Additional Information:

A criminal background check will be required prior to employment. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. We seek scholars who demonstrate scholarly achievement and/or promise and embody the diversity of the United States, as well as the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protect status.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 22, 2022


ACADEMIC (9 months)

How to Apply:

Interested candidates will find the position announcement at (PVL 242909), click on "Apply Now" and submit the following three items: (1) letter of application; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample of roughly 35 pages. In addition, you will be asked to submit the names and contact information for three references. Theses references will submit confidential letters of recommendation on your behalf through the application portal.
For full consideration, all materials must be received no later than midnight, Friday, November 12, 2021. However positions may remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Yuhang Li

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Official Title:

Professor(FA020) or Associate Professor(FA030) or Assistant Professor(FA040)

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