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Visiting Assistant Professor
Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota
Date Posted 03/02/2021
Faculty-Liberal Arts-History
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a one-month (January 2022) position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History to begin January 3, 2022. This course has the potential to be taught in an online or hybrid mode.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. 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. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students.

The Department of Art and Art History values the universal human need for artistic expression and celebrates the contributions of artists in all cultures throughout history. We are committed to high-quality teaching that develops the creative spirit, intellectual potential, and aesthetic sensibilities of every student. Through our teaching and advising, we also prepare majors for professions in the visual arts. Our faculty, staff, and students collaborate to offer programs, activities, and service projects that enrich the college campus and community at large. It is our belief that every person can contribute to the vitality of the arts in contemporary society and to the betterment of our shared communities.

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 https://gustavus.edu/jobs and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications, including a list of courses taught
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 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 April 1, 2021. 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 will be asked to submit sample syllabi. 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, 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, 2021
  • Evidence of a commitment to and/or experience in undergraduate teaching
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching at the undergraduate level
  • 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

Posted 03/01/2021


Betsy Byers | bbyers@gustavus.edu | 507-933-7377

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