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Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History (1800-Present)

Apply now Job no: 493540
Work type: Faculty (Tenure-Track)
Location: Orlando, FL, Winter Park, FL
Categories: Art & Art History
Division: Academic Affairs

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Position Summary:

The Department of Art and Art History at Rollins College seeks an Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History (1800-present), tenure-track, with a research and teaching focus in African American Art History or the African diaspora, which may include the Caribbean. Ph.D. and teaching experience required. Especially welcome are applicants with interests in justice, interdisciplinary teaching, and the development of courses addressing cross-cultural themes. Preference will be given to candidates from marginalized communities and applicants with experience in object-based teaching, community engagement, and/or digital humanities. Opportunities exist for robust partnership with curricular programs in African and African American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, American Studies, and Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies, as well as with the Rollins Museum of Art, which includes the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. Community engagement opportunities are available, including in the Hannibal Square historic neighborhood, nearby Eatonville, and with the Zora Neale Hurston Museum. The Morse Museum of American Art also provides opportunity for collaboration and on-site teaching. Duties include 3/3 teaching load, scholarly research and publications, advising and other service to the department and the college.

Rollins College is a comprehensive liberal arts college located just north of Orlando, FL, a diverse metropolitan community with a thriving economic and cultural scene. Nearby Orlando International Airport provides easy access to U.S. and international destinations. The college emphasizes innovative and quality teaching in small classes and ranks number one among 121 Southern master’s-level universities in the annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges,” released by U.S. News & World Report. Please visit the college website at

Minimum Qualifications and Education: 

  • PhD in art history or closely related discipline by the time of appointment (Aug. 19, 2024).
  • Experience teaching undergraduates, at least as a teaching assistant, with potential to excel in the classroom.
  • Teaching/research focus in modern & contemporary (1800-present) and African American or African diaspora art, which may include the Caribbean.
  • Demonstrates an understanding that a liberal arts education includes a student-centered undergraduate experience with a focus on teaching.


  • Interests in justice, interdisciplinary teaching, development of courses addressing cross-cultural themes.
  • Prior teaching experience as instructor of record.
  • Experience in object-based teaching, community engagement, and/or digital humanities.

Instructions to Applicants:

Interested applicants must apply online via the College's employment website and upload the following materials as follows:

  1. Letter of interest outlining research and areas of teaching interest
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Diversity statement
  4. Teaching philosophy
  5. Names and email addresses of three references. (Letters of recommendation will be requested from candidates selected for short-list Microsoft Teams interviews.)

**Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications desiring preferential consideration should apply by November 15, 2023.**

Inquiries can be directed to:
Dr. MacKenzie Moon Ryan
Search Committee Chair
Co-Chair, Department of Art & Art History

Diversity & Inclusion at Rollins:


Rollins is a private college committed to free inquiry and fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community, and the College celebrates the open exchange of ideas within a climate of civility and mutual respect. We view differences—from race and ethnicity to sexual orientation and political perspectives—as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth. To learn more, please click here.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities. 

Benefits &

  • Paid Holidays and College Closure Days
  • Eligible for Medical, Prescription, Dental & Vision Insurances (within 30 days of hire)
  • 100% Employer-Funded Health Reimbursement Account ($125+/month)
  • 100% Employer-Paid Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • 11.5% Employer Retirement Contributions
  • Discounted On-Campus Dining Meal Plans
  • FREE On-Campus Parking
  • FREE Access to Campus Amenities (gyms, pools, library, sporting events and more)
  • FREE Full Tuition for Employees and their Families
  • Pet Insurance
  • 100% Employer-Funded Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Award-Winning Wellbeing Programs: Blue Rewards, Rally Dollars, Hinge Health Musculoskeletal Coaching
  • Plus More!

Additional Perks:

  • Local & National Discount Programs, including Winter Park Locations (i.e. shops, restaurants, gift cards and more)
  • FREE E-Training Courses & Professional Development Opportunities
  • IT Software & Laptop Discounts (Apple, Lenovo, and more)
  • College Bookstore Discounts 
  • Annual Service Awards & Recognition Programs
  • Discover what it's like to live in Orlando: Live, Work, Play and Learn
  • Plus More!

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