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Assistant Professor - Americanist - History of Art & Architecture

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at the time of appointment. See Table 1 for the salary ranges. Off-scale salaries and other components of pay, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $78,700 - $102,200 at the Assistant Professor level.
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window

Open date: November 15, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Dec 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of the History of Art & Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a tenure-track position in any area within the Arts, Architecture, and Material Culture of the United States, beginning July 1, 2024. Candidates may specialize in any region and period, although preference will be given to those whose research and teaching demonstrate a strong theoretical grounding and focus on ethnicity, diaspora, borderlands, racial justice, and/or Indigeneity. The appointee will be expected to develop undergraduate courses and graduate seminars, advise graduate students, perform service, and contribute to departmental clusters of expertise in Art and Architecture of the Americas; Modern and Contemporary Art; Architecture and Urban History; Architecture and Environment; Museum Studies, and Game Studies. They will also be welcomed into a strong interdisciplinary campus community with opportunities to engage with other departments and programs.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position. The department has also partnered with UCSB’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a special faculty recruitment opportunity, the Benjamin Banneker Initiative

In 2023-24, UC Santa Barbara departments are partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to launch a special faculty recruitment initiative named after Benjamin Banneker, the 18th-century African-American mathematician, astronomer, antiracist, engineer, ecologist, and peace advocate. Funded by an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President, the Banneker Initiative will recruit scholars, scientists, and engineers whose disciplinary and interdisciplinary work would take place within the community of concerns exemplified by Banneker’s intellectual, ethical, and social commitments as an African American scientist, especially his desire to advance scientific and humanistic knowledge for the public good. With the goal of creating a diverse community around such concerns, applicants may be eligible to be fellows in the Benjamin Banneker Initiative. The community of Banneker Fellows will receive funding for cohort building and professional development activities, including enrollment in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program, proposal writing training, and seed grants.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) in art history, architectural history, or a related discipline in the field of American art, architecture, material culture, or visual culture, OR be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) in art history, architectural history, or a related discipline in the field of American art, architecture, material culture, or visual culture is required by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong theoretical grounding in their research. Success with fellowship and grant applications is preferred. Strong potential in the designing and implementation of course syllabi and/or curriculum planning is highly desirable, as is the versatility to teach across both chronology and geography and in a range of media.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching Interests

  • Two publications or other writing samples

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Based on the contact information provided by the applicant, UCSB's recruitment system will send prompts to the letter writers to submit the letters by the given deadline.

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Job location

Santa Barbara, CA