Department Chair, Art History

The University of North Texas (UNT)’s long-standing and dynamic art history program has recently been designated an autonomous department within the College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) and we are looking for an inaugural Chair who will bring a consultative approach to this new identity and structure. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative partner in creating an environment that fosters faculty and student success. We are seeking a Chair that will complement existing strengths in global art, architecture, and design history. We are seeking a Chair who will advocate for the role of the department’s productive and committed faculty within the context of a research university and who brings strong interpersonal skills in working to support faculty in a small, vital department that is essential to the overall success of the college.

Required: For this 12-month faculty administrator appointment, we seek a candidate who has a Ph.D. in art history (or closely related field) and has professional experience sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure.
Preferred: Evidence of collaborative administrative leadership within a university, effective communication skills, and the proven ability to successfully partner in fundraising. Candidates with experience in curatorial or gallery practices are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: The Chair is responsible for leading faculty in the development of program curricula, identity, and relevance. The Chair serves as an advocate for art history faculty both individually and collectively. Additional responsibilities include college and university service, teaching in the program, student mentoring, and sustaining relevant professional activities.

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Established in 1890, UNT is one of the nation’s largest public research universities with approximately 39,000 students. Ranked a Tier One research university through the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for creativity, fueling progress, innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and the state.

The College of Visual Arts and Design, providing instructions in Denton, Frisco and Dallas, is one of the largest and most comprehensive visual arts programs in the Southwest. With over 2,200 undergraduate students and 135 graduate students, the NASAD accredited institution offers the BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD across 13 program areas. Further information about the College and University can be found at and

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Review of applications will begin 25 January 2019 and will continue until the search is closed.


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