One-Year Visiting Faculty Position in Art History at Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Part-time

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Bennington College invites applications for a visiting faculty position in Islamic (Medieval-Early Modern or Modern and Contemporary) or South Asian (pre-1800 or Modern and Contemporary) Art History with an expected start date in Spring 2022 for three terms: Spring 2022 through Spring 2023. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in the History of Art and/or Visual Studies (2/3/3) consisting of at least one introductory survey as well as upper-level courses in the candidate’s area of specialization. Candidates specializing in South Asian OR Islamic Visual Culture (and/or architecture) are encouraged to apply as either area of study would be a valuable addition to our curriculum. Demonstrated teaching and/or research in Gender and Women’s/Sexuality/Queer/Trans Studies and/or Dis/Ability Studies and/or Critical Race Theory is highly desirable. PhD in Art History and teaching experience beyond the level of graduate assistant required.

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which manifests in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. Bennington’s open curricular structures facilitate innovative teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and small class sizes enable student-centered and engaged learning within the classroom. 

Bennington serves a student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially diverse, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and student) will be accountable for upholding these values. The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applications from women and/or candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and diverse realms of interest and experience to apply. 

Candidates should apply online below by submitting the following, directed to Dr. Vanessa Lyon, search chair: a) cover letter; b) curriculum vitae; c) teaching philosophy addressing pedagogical approaches to anti-racism + diversity, equity, and inclusion; d) writing sample or publication of no more than 20 pages; and e) the names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications is ongoing, with preference being given to applicants submitting materials before November 20th. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.