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Allison Lacher

Visiting Assistant Professor - Art History

The Art, Music & Theatre Department at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) invites applications for a full-time visiting assistant professor in art history position starting August 16, 2024 to teach lower-division art history survey courses and upper division topics courses, as well as manage the Art History minor through the capstone course. The faculty member would teach 3 courses per term in art history survey via Art History 1 & Art History 2, as well as upper level art history courses such as contemporary, modern, women in art, or topics based on area of expertise.

In addition to expertise in European and/or American Art, specializations in African American, African, Latin American, and/or colonial arts would be welcomed. The Visual Arts program teaches painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, photography, and animation, so we seek candidates able to teach art history that covers those areas. Applicants are invited to affiliate with the newly formed Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice. A candidate interested in interdisciplinary or intersectional studies, multicultural and ethnic studies, Black studies, women’s and gender studies, sexuality studies, or related area would be considered.

This is a full-time on-campus position and benefit-eligible non-tenured visiting academic appointment. UIS faculty are expected to be available and engaged in the university community to perform professional responsibilities as assigned.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Courses to be taught: ART 151. Arts & Identity: Japan & U.S.. 3 Hours. Introduction to the arts of Japan and the United States. Explores relationships between the arts and the socio-cultural issues in these countries, including the importance of the arts in religious, political and popular rituals. Interdisciplinary focus is on points at which artistic traditions are related or have common themes. ART 261. History of Art I. 3 Hours. An overview of the visual arts from the prehistoric times through the Middle Ages. Examines artworks in light of particular stylistic characteristics and in terms of historical and cultural contexts. Focuses primarily on European art, with some attention given to non-Western art. ART 262. History of Art II. 3 Hours. An overview of the visual arts
from around 1300 C.E. through the present. The course examines artworks in light of their particular stylistic characteristics and in terms of their historical and cultural contexts. We will integrate information from the readings into an analysis of both specific artworks, as well as a treatment of broader art-historical themes. ART 463. Modern Art History. 4 Hours. Major trends in painting and sculpture, 1820-1945. ART 464. Contemporary Art History. 4 Hours. Important trends in the arts, 1945 to the present. ART 465. Women in Art: Discovering Her Story. 4 Hours. Introductory art history survey of women artists practicing from the Middle Ages through contemporary decades. Examines women artists in the context of social, political, and cultural happenings that influenced content and visibility of women in art history. ART 470. Special Art History Studies. 4 Hours. Various topics in art history. Special attention given to non-Western traditions and to topics related to the program's various studio courses. Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. ART 472. Art History Minor Capstone. 2 Hours. This course is the culmination of the art history minor and ends in the submission of a scholarly research paper on an acceptable topic of the student's choice. Throughout the course, there will be both written and oral assignments to assist students in their final research paper. The course will combine independent work and meetings with faculty.

Scholarship: Research, presentations, and publications at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Service: Program, department, college, and university committees, interaction with arts organizations in the area.

Minimum Qualifications:
The applicant must have earned a Ph.D. in art history by Fall 2024 and should have a record of scholarship and professional service.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience teaching at the college/university level.

Application deadline: 3/3/2024

Minimum $58,000 nine-month salary

Application instructions: Click the "Apply Now" button at the top or bottom of the posting, create or update your profile, complete the online application, and upload current curriculum vita or resume, statement of teaching philosophy, sample of current professional work, examples of student work. Contact information for professional references will be requested later in the search process. Formal review of applications will begin soon after application deadline and continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.

About UIS: Located in the state capital, the University of Illinois Springfield is one of three members of the University of Illinois system. The University serves approximately 4,000 students in 60 undergraduate programs of study, 41 minors, 44 graduate programs of study, 1 doctorate, 43 graduate certificates, coursework that leads to 8 ISBE endorsements. The academic curriculum offers students a strong liberal arts core, a wide range of professional programs, and close faculty interaction. Making the most of its location in the state capital, UIS is broadly engaged in public policy and service. Its diverse student body includes traditional, non-traditional, and international students. Twenty-five percent of majors are in 17 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs and the campus has received several national awards for its implementation of online learning. UIS faculty are committed teachers, active scholars, and professionals in service to society. The University emphasizes excellence in teaching, and faculty are also expected to provide a balance of scholarship and service activities to meet requirements for tenure and promotion. You are encouraged to visit the university web page at and the department/school web page at

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Springfield, Illinois