Professor and Chair, Department of Art History and Art

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Job description

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Art History and Art at the rank of Professor to begin in August, 2017. The area of specialization is open.

Required qualifications: A doctoral degree in art history or a related field is required. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic academic leader and will have established a record of significant achievement and distinction in teaching, scholarship, and service. In addition, demonstrated success in academic administration is an essential prerequisite. Because the department’s graduate programs (M.A. and Ph.D.) in art history and in art history and museum studies are offered in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art, museum experience is highly desired. The successful candidate will be expected to build on the department’s mission of innovative, object-focused teaching and research, and promote wider knowledge of its programs. A demonstrated interest in promoting the department’s mission in a diverse, urban setting will be a highly desirable qualification.

Responsibilities: The chair administers a department of seven full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members in art history, as well as programs in art education and studio art. The chair oversees all budget, personnel, and curriculum issues, and represents the department in the College of Arts and Sciences, the University, and the community, which includes the many cultural institutions of University Circle with which the department has relationships. It is expected that the chair will foster a healthy and collegial environment for the department as a whole-students, faculty and staff. Teaching duties at a reduced load of one course per semester will include upper-level courses in the area of specialization, graduate seminars, and survey classes for undergraduates. Our program places strong emphasis on object-based teaching and engagement with museological practices and history, with much of the instruction taking place in the galleries and classrooms of the Cleveland Museum of Art. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, awarded jointly to the University and the Museum, supports a re-envisioned doctoral program, emphasizing academic and curatorial preparation in art history. Building on this, Joseph and Nancy Keithley have committed to a $15 million bequest jointly to the two institutions to support the creation of the Keithley Insitute for Art History. In consultation with departmental faculty and in partnership with colleagues at the Museum, the successful candidate will develop a strategic plan to implement the goals of this Institute and extend its vision. The new chair will also serve as the primary liaison to the Cleveland Museum of Art in administering the joint graduate programs. For more information about the department and the Museum, visit and

How to apply

Qualified candidates should submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references to Applications received by 15 February 2017 will receive full consideration. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Prof. Peter E. Knox, Director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and chair of the search committee at

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