Assistant/Associate Professor, Art History, Tenure Track, pending available funding.
• Teaching responsibilities will include four undergraduate courses per long semester in art history and/or art appreciation as needed.
• Provide leadership in curriculum, equipment and facilities development related to teaching assignment.
• Student advisement.
• Serve on departmental, college and university committees.
• Represent department in professional organizations, both local and national; and other responsibilities as assigned by the department chair.
THE DEPARTMENT OF ART
Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. Lamar offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. Committed to teaching excellence combined with research, Lamar University is one of twenty-nine public universities named a doctoral research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The university has been nationally recognized for the quality of its core curriculum and the diversity of its student body. Lamar offers students a personalized environment that focuses on individual success. Small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio allow students to build meaningful relationships with expert faculty who truly care about student success. Lamar stresses academic achievement by emphasizing hands-on learning at all levels, providing ample opportunities for undergraduate research and supporting an excellent Honors Program. Lamar University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools ( SACS ). In addition, several Lamar University colleges and programs hold additional specialized certifications recognizing their quality and expertise.
The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana. The area’s subtropical climate produces mild winters that allow for year-round outdoor activity. Lamar University is unique in that it enjoys close ties with the greater community. Students experience direct involvement in the city’s civic, business and cultural opportunities. The nearby cultural centers of Houston and Galveston offer more opportunities for aesthetic enrichment.
The mission of the Department of Art is to provide an environment designed to nurture artistic, academic and personal growth in Lamar University students. Through its curricula and community outreach, the department prepares the art student for a professional career with courses in practice, theory, art history, and art education. Educational, cultural, and academic opportunities are made available so that each student may reach his or her full potential by participating in those human experiences and qualities inherent in the fine arts. As the visual arts engage rapid change, the department maintains a balance between its own traditions and the unknown challenges of the future. The Art program emphasizes the development of skill building and theoretical insight by exploring the products of the human hand and the new opportunities offered by advancing technology. Art majors are required to take three lower level art history survey courses covering the evolution of art from prehistoric times to the present. Students may choose their required upper level courses from a focus on the Renaissance, Asian art, Nineteenth or Twentieth century art, and topics in contemporary art.
As a component of the Department of Art, the Dishman Art Museum delivers Lamar University’s mission to the community. Located on the campus, the museum is immediately adjacent to the main instructional facility. It provides one of the finest collegiate exhibition spaces in the state of Texas with two changing exhibition galleries, a two-story permanent collection gallery, preparation area, and a 109 seat lecture hall with both slide and video projection facilities for Art History courses. (The gross square footage of the facility is 9,419 with approximately 5,000 square feet of exhibition space.) Of particular note, Art History students enjoy hands-on research opportunities working with original works of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The museum is under the direction of an art historian on the departmental faculty.
Please visit our web site for more detailed information regarding the Department of Art at Lamar University: http://dept.lamar.edu/cofac/art/index.htm
This is a nine month position. Review of applications will begin February 18th and continue until the position is filled.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS :
A PhD in Art History is required. Teaching experience at the college level is required. The ideal applicant will be a Generalist with demonstrated expertise in a specialization. ABD may be considered. However, the PhD degree must be completed prior to tenure consideration.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
• Ability to teach general Art History survey courses along with Art Appreciation courses to majors and non-majors;
• Ability to teach specialized Art History courses to Studio Art majors and non-majors.
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