Asst/Assoc Professor, Art History & Museum Studies

Tempe, AZ

Assistant/Associate Professor, Art History and Museum Studies, Global Museums and Global Cultural Heritage

School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University


The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

seeks to hire an Assistant or Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies with an emphasis in Global Museums and/or Global Cultural Heritage. This full-time tenure-track/tenure-eligible position begins August 2020.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the New American University philosophy. With nearly 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts,

About the School of Art

Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States and situated in the Sonoran Desert, the school supports a broad range of art practice and inquiry. Programs within the School of Art lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art with concentrations in art history, art studies, museum studies, and fashion; an online BA in art history and an online BFA in Digital Photography; Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art with concentrations in art education, drawing/painting, ceramics, fibers, intermedia, photography, printmaking, and sculpture/metals/woods; Master of Arts (MA) in Art with concentrations in art history or art education; and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art. In addition, the school participates in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in Design, Environment and the Arts housed within the Herberger Institute. With several nationally ranked programs and one of the largest comprehensive art programs in a public research university in the United States, the ASU School of Art plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located in both Tempe and downtown Phoenix.

The Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Art History and Museum Studies prepares students to excel as educators, museum directors, curators and registrars, and gallerists. Many of our graduates are admitted to prestigious graduate programs nationally. Course instruction modes include online and in-person classes. The ASU Art History and Museum Studies program is a dynamic center for the investigation of culture and the visual arts. Students engage with a rich and diverse curriculum. Faculty members emphasize critical concepts in their teaching including a close study of artists, objects, institutions, and technologies. We explore art's history in cultural, economic, social and political contexts, and the relationship of visual art to other disciplines, such as literature, science, anthropology, media and performance studies. The position will serve undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Art.  The Phoenix metropolitan area is rich in museums and cultural organizations with which ASU has established robust partnerships. 

The successful candidate is expected to pursue an active research agenda related to their expertise in global museums and/or global cultural heritage; and demonstrate excellence in teaching with the ability to develop and instruct a variety of in person and online course offerings, including seminar and lecture courses. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in our new online BA in Museum Studies, the first in the nation. The successful candidate will teach and mentor graduate students in the MA and Ph.D. programs, including students in the LACMA-ASU MA Fellowship in Art History. Additional responsibilities include student advising and service to the program, School of Art and ASU.

For information about the School of Art, visit

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy degree or appropriate other terminal degree;
  • Evidence of sustained professional activity;
  • Demonstrated potential to achieve national and international recognition in scholarly research;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching;
  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience leading or contributing to a museum-focused degree path;  
  • Experience developing online courses and innovative online pedagogy;
  • The ability to teach all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses;
  • Experience chairing and serving on graduate committees;
  • Record of securing grants and/or external funding;
  • Experience with museums;
  • Familiarity with new directions in museum studies.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit

  • Letter of interest addressing research, teaching, service, and commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Examples of publications (no more than two);
  • Names and contact information for three references;
  • Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is November 15 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

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