Assistant or Associate Professor of Art History and African Cultural Studies


The highly ranked Departments of Art History and African Cultural Studies are seeking excellent candidates for a tenure-track position at the assistant rank or tenured position at the associate rank beginning August 2024. We welcome candidates specializing in the art history of Africa or the African diaspora. The two departments are open to any time period, field of inquiry within these disciplines, and methodological approach. Both departments are especially interested in scholars working on cultural production who employ innovative, interdisciplinary methods and ways of thinking.

The position involves significant ongoing research and publication, as well as performance of department, university, and community services as appropriate for faculty rank. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting campus organizations and initiatives, such as the Center for Visual Cultures; the Center for Design and Material Culture; the Division of the Arts; the Center for the Humanities; and the Institute for Research in the Humanities, as well as make sure of the outstanding collection of the Kohler Art Library; the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection; and the Chazen Museum of Art.

The successful candidate will contribute to an inclusive, fair, and equitable environment that fosters engagement and a sense of belonging for faculty, staff, students, and members of the broader community.

Requirements: Ph.D. in Art History (or related field) by start of appointment.

Position Duties: Successful applicants will teach graduate and undergraduate classes of various sizes, direct independent studies and/or conference courses, mentor students, conduct scholarly research, and provide service to the department, college, university, and academic community nationally or internationally. The normal teaching load in the Departments of Art History and African Cultural Studies is four courses per academic year, two courses in one semester and two courses in the other, one course per semester in Art History and one course per semester in African Cultural Studies. Successful candidates will be expected to develop and regularly teach a large-enrollment introductory course in Art History.

In addition to teaching, tenure-track faculty are expected to demonstrate productivity in scholarly research and to complete departmental & university service. The successful candidate, as a member of the College of L&S, will proactively contribute to, support, and advance the college’s commitment to diversity among all aspects of their teaching, research, and service.

Application Instructions: Interested candidates will find the position announcement online at (PVL 289298). Applications must be received through UW–Madison’s online application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered. Click on the “Apply Now” button and submit 1) a cover letter describing research, teaching experience, and teaching philosophy; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching statement, including discussion of successes and challenges in the classroom, innovative approaches to student-centered learning, and 3–5 sample syllabi; and 4) a list of references with contact information for requesting letters of recommendation.

For full consideration, all materials must be received no later than 11:55pm CT on January 2, 2024; however, the position will remain open until filled. Please note that applicants will be evaluated based upon submitted application materials and therefore should speak to and include evidence of their qualifications.

Additional materials, including the actual letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and teaching evaluations may be requested at a later stage. Initial interviews will be conducted remotely in January in the expectation of on campus visits for finalists in February and March.

For additional information, please consult the departmental websites: and, or direct questions to either Professor Jennifer Pruitt, or Professor Luis Madureira,

Employment will require an institutional reference check regarding any misconduct. To be considered, applicants must upload a signed “Authorization to Release Information” form as part of the application. The authorization form and a definition of “misconduct” can be found here:

Salary: Negotiable; ACADEMIC (9 months)

Percent Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Start Date: August 19, 2024

Contact Name: Jennifer Pruitt

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: (414)–459–5684