Visiting Assistant Professor (Art History-Mayan and Mexican Art and Archeology)

Art and Art History

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a one-month (January 2023) position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History to begin January 4, 2023. This course has the potential to be taught in an online or hybrid mode (Minnesota or Wisconsin residency requirements apply).

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.

Minnesota is home to a vibrant African American community and growing communities of Hmong, Latinx, and Somali peoples, as well as significant numbers of Indigenous people. We believe that representation from all of these groups contributes positively to our student body.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Major/Essential Functions: The teaching assignment will be one course in Mayan and Mexican Art and Archeology (An introduction to the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Native American culture in Mexico, Guatemala, and North America from 700 BCE to CE 1500. The art forms will be studied as indications of the religious and philosophical thought of the peoples who created them). This course supports the Art and Art History Department, as well as our Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies (LALACS) Interdisciplinary program.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A list of courses previously taught
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by May 1, 2022. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists may be asked to submit syllabi and/or other materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Art History; we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 1, 2022
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate student advising
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of experience teaching undergraduate students
  • Experience teaching online or hybrid courses
  • Original course development as evidenced in teaching philosophy, letter of application, and syllabi
  • Evidence of potential or prior experience in teaching art history as engaged in global and transcultural conversions including gender, race, and geopolitics


Betsy Byers | | 507-933-7377

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2022

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