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History of Art and Visual Culture: Assistant Professor, Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures

University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
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Oct 16, 2022

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History of Art and Visual Culture: Assistant Professor, Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures (Initial Review 11/15/22)


Position overview

Position title: History of Art and Visual Culture

Assistant Professor, Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)


Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2024 for employment beyond that date.


Application Window


Open date: August 18, 2022


Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.


Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Position Description


The History of Art and Visual Culture Department (HAVC, at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Asia-Pacific Visual Cultures. The position centers on the Asia-Pacific region, defined as the western Pacific Ocean, including Southeast Asia (inclusive of Taiwan and Hong Kong), Oceania (Australia and the Pacific Islands), the Philippines, South Asia, and/or East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea). The HAVC Department seeks a scholar whose historical and/or historically-informed research focuses on visual and/or material cultures of this region. We are interested in a colleague whose research and teaching pursue decolonial approaches to art and visual culture practices and consider these in relation to colonial cultures of racialization that entail incarceration, enslavement, genocide, or forced migration, as well as the suppression of social identities (such as those related to gender, sexuality, genealogy, and class). We also welcome applications from scholars who address the socio-environmental aspects of colonial modernity in the Asia-Pacific region from critical and regionally-specific perspectives. This position addresses these issues by advancing local perspectives and voices in a range of historical contexts. The successful candidate will teach and advise graduate students in the Visual Studies Ph.D. program and major and non-major undergraduate students in the HAVC B.A. program. We also value a colleague who contributes to transforming the culture of higher education institutions through their publicly-engaged research that is deeply embedded in and attentive to the communities that they serve.


The HAVC faculty affirms its commitment to recognizing, addressing, and combatting all forms of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, and ability. The department collectively seeks to empower students, colleagues, and our campus community toward the goal of creating an inclusive, respectful, and equitable environment. We recognize that the above types of discrimination and resulting oppression are not limited to the U.S. These are global challenges that impact a broad range of constituencies. Therefore, as a department, we share an ethical obligation to create an environment that addresses the unique forms of bias that affect our diverse community. Please see HAVC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:


We have a strong undergraduate major; an undergraduate concentration in Curation, Heritage, and Museums; and a dynamic Visual Studies Ph.D. program. HAVC faculty support the investigation of art and visual culture from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives in the cultures of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific Islands. The HAVC Department is in the Division of the Arts, which also includes departments of Art; Film and Digital Media; Music; Performance, Play & Design; and the M.F.A. Program in Digital Arts & New Media. There are opportunities for scholarly and teaching connections in these areas, as well as with colleagues and programs across the campus. The campus operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year. In accordance with the department’s workload policy, faculty members are required to offer the equivalent of 5 five-unit courses per year (which normally means teaching 4 courses over three quarters and carrying out other academic and service responsibilities); effectively advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; actively engage in research; and undertake administrative service for the department, affiliated college, campus, and university. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable.


Our first round of review will be based solely on (1) the letter of application and (2) the statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed and underrepresented groups in higher education careers and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. This recruitment is supported by the UC Office of the President’s Advancing Faculty Diversity program and includes enhanced funding for faculty projects that contribute to diversity and to creating an inclusive climate.


Our division is enjoying faculty growth, significant fundraising successes, research centers, and innovative programming through the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery. The Arts Division supports faculty research through the Arts Research Institute. The campus supports research and teaching with grants awarded by the Committee on Research, the Committee on Teaching, and other groups.


UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students. In addition to encouraging participation in robust departmental, divisional, and campus mentoring, the campus offers a Faculty Community Networking Program that provides support for African-American/Black/Caribbean, Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Latinx/Chicanx, and Indigenous faculty, as well as groups for women in STEM, faculty with disabilities, and academic mothers.


The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)






Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in art history, visual studies, or a related field. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30, 2024.


Application Requirements


Document requirements


• Letter of application* - *Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position, current research and future research plans, pedagogical approaches, and experiences in and approaches to service


• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion* - *Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see and before preparing their application. In our evaluation of DEI statements, the department will be using UCSC's Rubric to Assess Candidate Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (


*Initial screening of applicants will be based only on the letter of application and the statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion


• Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.


• Current publication or writing sample (chapter of dissertation if no publication)


• Description or syllabus for course (1 of 3 required) - Description or syllabus for introductory undergraduate lower division course


• Description or syllabus for course (2 of 3 required) - Description or syllabus for upper division undergraduate course


• Description or syllabus for course (3 of 3 required) - Description or syllabus for graduate seminar


Reference requirements


• 3-5 letters of reference required


Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation** (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.


**All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see


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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.


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The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit


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