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Assistant Professor, Art History, School of Art

Apply now Job no: 533826
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Probationary, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

San Francisco State University, School of Art is seeking to add a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Art History beginning August 2024 to its faculty. We seek a colleague with teaching and research interests in the fields of Latin American and Latinx/e art history and/or African American art history from the 19th century to the present. We are seeking qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

We are especially interested in qualified candidates with experience teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. This position is part of a university cohort hire focused on Black and Latinx/e student success here at SF State. We are looking for teacher/scholars who have an established commitment to teaching, research and/or service in and with the Black and Latinx/e community.

Candidates for this position are expected to satisfy two or more of the eight Black and Latinx/e Student Success Cohort Hire criteria:

  1. Training in and knowledge of historical and present-day structural racism, and practice that engages that knowledge (practice may include teaching, research and/or creative activities, and service).
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of challenges and barriers for Black and Latinx/e students, and evidence of strategies employed to help students overcome such barriers.
  3. Evidence of employing anti-racist teaching strategies that support the learning and success of Black and Latinx students.
  4. Mentors and engages Black and Latinx/e students in research and/or creative activities.
  5. Evidence of research and/or creative activities that contributes to equity, opportunities, and inclusion in higher education.
  6. Evidence of research and/or creative activities that integrates understanding of and/or engages Black and Latinx/e communities’ challenges and structural realities.
  7. Evidence of engaging in service to Black and Latinx/e populations within the discipline.
  8. Evidence of service and contributions to Black and Latinx/e communities.

The School of Art reflects a diverse and fluid set of creative practices and critical methodologies driven by nationally and internationally recognized professionals. Faculty are committed to a collective mission of teaching and research to support student growth in art practice and art history within a liberal arts context. Students are encouraged to engage in critical, interdisciplinary approaches to art history and art practice within both the BA and MFA degree programs. We emphasize the ethical dimension of artistic practice and scholarship within a global context and in relationship to the dynamics of power--including those of class, gender, race, and geopolitics—as they pertain to visual, spatial, institutional, and ideological practices.

San Francisco State University is one of the most diverse academic institutions in the country, with 33% Latinx, 6% African American, 30% Asian, and 24% White (non-Latinx) students. The School of Art is home to 542 majors and minors, and 12 MFA graduate students.
The organizational goal of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world.

SF State is a major public urban university, situated in one of the world’s great cities. Building on a century-long history of commitment to quality teaching and broad access to undergraduate and graduate education, the University offers comprehensive, rigorous, and integrated academic programs that require students to engage in open-minded inquiry and reflection. SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective.

San Francisco State University educates and equips students to thrive in a global society. We deliver academic excellence by pursuing knowledge, inspiring creativity, supporting our diverse community and advancing social justice and positive change in the world. Visit the Strategic Planning website to learn more.


The position requires undergraduate teaching in art history, mentoring and advising undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments.


Required -

  • Ph.D. in Art History with a specialization in Latin American and Latinx/e art history and/or African American art history. Degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.

Preferred -

  • Record of teaching contributions in area of specialization.
  • Teaching and research are informed by cross-cultural encounters and exchanges—exploring, for example, the ways in which art is implicated in networks of trade and immigration, and shaped by the dynamics of race, colonialism, postcolonialism, and globalization.
  • A strong foundation in art historical methodology and critical theory.
  • Active record of scholarship related to specialty area.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching and scholarship.
  • Proven commitment to teaching, research and/or service in and with the Black and Latinx/e community.
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities.
  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive, and collaborative work environments.

Rank and salary

The anticipated Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is:

$92,000 - $94,000 annually (12 monthly payments per academic year).

The anticipated hiring range is $7,667 to $7,833 per month.

Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work

Professional development funds, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available.
The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.


Application review begins February 1, 2024 and continues until filled. A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please upload the following materials:

  1. Cover letter – describing research interests and relating your experience to the required qualifications.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the School of Art to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community. In no more than 500 words, provide an understanding of how your capabilities and experience can address diversity in support of SF State’s varied student and community populations. Please provide specific examples of how you have addressed diversity in your teaching, research, and service.
  4. Sample of scholarly writing.
  5. Sample syllabi.
  6. Names and contact information of three references who may be requested to provide letters of recommendation later.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Annalise Harlow, Department Coordinator at

CSU strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page ( ).

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