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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Art Art History And Design 10004068
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%)

Position Summary

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University invites applications for the Bennett-Vallès Professorship in Art History. The Bennett-Vallès professorship was established in honor of Carol Ann Bennet-Vallès, whose life was substantially shaped by her education in and commitment to art. This is an Assistant-level, full-time, academic year, tenure-stream position for a specialist in the art, architecture, and/or visual culture of the Early Modern era. We particularly encourage applications from scholars with a strong record of publication whose work examines transcultural interconnections (e.g. Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and/or the Middle East), and/or whose research focuses on issues such as environment, race, gender and sexuality, religion, and politics. The successful candidate will teach two classes per semester at the introductory and advanced undergraduate levels in subjects related to their research. Additionally, an ability to teach survey courses in early modern Europe is required, and the ability to teach pre-modern art is desirable, but not required. They will have the opportunity to advise art history senior capstone projects, students in the MFA program in Studio Art, and work with students in Arts, Cultural Management, and Museum Studies.

The successful candidate will reinforce the strengths of a department committed to equity and global awareness, and be encouraged to make interdisciplinary connections across the university. MSU is home to a vibrant community of researchers in the global Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and hosts a number of interdisciplinary programs, and research centers including the African Studies Center, the Asian Studies Center, the Canadian Studies Center, the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for Gender in Global Context, Muslim Studies, Global Studies in Arts and Humanities, the Center for Interdisciplinarity, and the Environmental Science and Policy Program. MSU’s Broad Art Museum and an innovative program in Digital Humanities are valuable resources for research and teaching.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Art History

Minimum Requirements

The successful applicant must have a PhD in Art History or closely related field by August 15, 2021, and should have a demonstrated record of effective research and teaching. 

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. current curriculum vitae;
  3. a writing sample (no more than 30 pages);
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy;
  5. a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or faculty, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence; and
  6. the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin December 5, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site

For more information, contact Lily Woodruff, Chair of the Search Committee,

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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Department Statement

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design serves over 450 majors, the department is home to more than 60 faculty and staff, including 26 tenure system faculty members who are committed to active research agendas and creative practice. For more information about the department, visit For more information about the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, go to

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. The department seeks individuals with a history of promoting diversity in their research, teaching, and service.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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