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Assistant Professor/Director of UWM Art Collection and the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery

The Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art History, who will also serve as Director of the UWM Art Collection (UWMAC) and the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery, beginning August 2018. Full-time duties will be divided between research and teaching (50%) and the administration of the UWMAC and Mathis Art Gallery (50%), which are under the stewardship of the Department of Art History. Ph.D. in Art History or related field required. The specialization is open; however, we seek a candidate who will expand, but not overlap with, the research and instructional areas already represented by faculty in the department. Within these general parameters, preference will be given to candidates whose specialization also complements the strengths of the UWMAC, which includes significant holdings in African art, Greek and Russian icons, modern German Art, and, more generally, works-on-paper. The Director of the UWM Art Collection and Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery manages all aspects of the gallery’s physical space and programming, as well as ensure the proper care, documentation, research and publication, exhibition, and growth (through donor-based acquisitions) of the UWMAC. The Director supervises the Associate Curator of the UWMAC, student employees, interns, and volunteers. The Director will assume leadership in integrating the UWMAC within the pedagogical programming of the Department of Art History and UWM, but also help promote the public service mission of UWM through outreach in the local community. Finally, the Director serves as the principal liaison with the UWM Office for Development & Alumni Relations and the UWM Foundation in support of monetary and in-kind donations and administers dedicated endowed funds (in excess of $150,000.00) and other spending accounts associated with the display, maintenance, and expansion (through acquisition) of the collection.
Candidates should demonstrate sustained research and a clear publication agenda. Preference will be given to candidates with more than two years combined experience in at least two of the following areas: museum curation and programming, collections management, fundraising (including grant writing), donor-based acquisitions, and teaching. The teaching load will be one course per semester; we especially seek candidates who can teach the second half of our museum studies sequence, ARTHIST 704, which focuses on curatorial practice and culminates in a student-led exhibition. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in her/his area of specialization, supervise students in our MA program, and perform departmental service, albeit in recognition of the workload distribution between research, teaching, and collection/gallery administration described above. Salary is competitive; summer compensation also available.

Minimum Qualifications
•Ph.D. in Art History or Related field
•At least one year teaching experience (beyond graduate teaching assistantships)
•At least one year experience in museum curation and programming and/or collections management

Preferred Qualifications
•Evidence of sustained research through publication and potential for high scholarly productivity
•Evidence of significant teaching experience in Art History and related fields
•Demonstrates ability to teach ARTHIST 704: Introduction to Art Museum Studies II
•Specialization expands current dept. areas w/out overlap; complements strengths of UWM Art Collection
•Evidence of significant experience in art collection management, exhibition, and/or programming
•Demonstrates experience with fundraising (including grant writing), and donor relations

Applicants should submit (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) recent publication.

Additionally, as part of our application process, we are requesting 3 letters of reference. Please provide the names and email addresses for your references in the Reference Letter section.

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