Ohio State University, Department of History of Art

Position ID:OSU-HistoryofArt-RLF [#12316]
Position Title: The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Chair in Art History
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Area: Art History / American Art
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/10/09, finished 2019/07/10)
Position Description:    

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Department: History of Art Position: The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Chair in Art History Rank: Open


The Ohio State University invites applications for the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Endowed Chair in Art History. This chair will reside in the Department of History of Art and have a research focus in American Art. Although the search is open-rank, we are hoping that the inaugural Lichtenstein Foundation Chair-holder will be an established scholar appointable at the professor or associate professor level. The work of the RLF Chair should address the breadth and diversity of the American experience; s/he must also be able to teach a full range of courses on American art, from the eighteenth century to the present. The endowment provides discretionary funding for the Professor’s research, sponsorship of lectures, travel to conferences, work with graduate students and other similar expenses relating to professional academic projects.

The Ohio State University is a model 21st-century urban, public, land-grant institution, engaging in research at the highest level and with the community in a myriad of ways. The University is dedicated to:

• Creating and discovering knowledge to improve the well-being of our state, regional, national and global communities; • Educating students through a comprehensive array of distinguished academic programs; • Preparing a diverse student body to be leaders and engaged citizens; • Fostering a culture of engagement and service. • Diversity and inclusion as essential components of our excellence.

The History of Art Department offers both the BA and PhD in art history, and an MA in Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice. The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Chair is expected to play an active role in the first two programs, and will have opportunities to participate in the third. The successful applicant will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, and will serve as an instructor and advisor to students at all levels. S/he will contribute to the academic life of the Department, College, and University through teaching, research, and service. An existing research agenda that reaches across traditional disciplinary boundaries is desirable, as this position offers opportunities for collaboration with faculty in other departments within the College and University, including the Department of Art, which is home to the Roy Lichtenstein Endowed Chair of Studio Art.

About Roy Lichtenstein:

Roy Lichtenstein matriculated into Ohio State’s College of Education, School of Fine and Applied Arts in 1940. He received his BFA in 1946 and his MFA in 1949. He also taught studio courses in the School of Fine and Applied Arts between 1946 and 1951. The two endowments, a gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, will serve to recognize the formative influence Ohio State played in the development of the talent and aesthetic interests of the artist.

For more information about the gift, please see https://artsandsciences.osu.edu/.


Applicants must have a PhD in art history or a cognate field. Teaching experience at the university level or its equivalent and a substantial record of publication is required.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 2 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries. Columbus consistently rates as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. The city was recently awarded the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart Cities Challenge Grant, topping seven finalist cities that included Austin, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco. Noted for an expanding contemporary arts scene, it is home to institutions such as the newly renovated Columbus Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Pizutti Collection. Holdings on and around campus include the Billy Ireland Cartoon Research Library, the Museum of Biological Diversity, and other collections ranging from textiles to polar research to artists’ books. In the community, artists’ spaces like 400 West Rich and the Columbus Idea Foundry foster a burgeoning creative community.

Additional information about the Columbus area is available at https://www.experiencecolumbus.com/.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references. Inquiries may be directed to either the Department Chair, Lisa Florman (florman.4@osu.edu), or Search Committee Chair, Andrew Shelton (shelton.85@osu.edu). Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018, however, the search will remain active, and applications will continue to be accepted, until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date of the position is no later than August 2019. Please apply online through Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12316. The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
201 Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

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