The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) and the Hessel Museum of Art seek a dynamic scholar of contemporary art and its histories for an Assistant/Associate Professor and Luma Fellow (term appointment) beginning in the 2023 academic year. Rank is determined at the time of hiring and will be commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will be an expert in art history, attuned to developments in art internationally, and eager to teach the history of art through the lens of curatorial studies and exhibition history.
Established in 1994, the graduate program at CCS Bard is an intensive, two-year course of study in the history of contemporary art, the institutions and practices of exhibition making, and the theory and criticism of contemporary art since the 1960s. The curriculum blends academic study with hands-on learning, culminating in a series of graduate student thesis exhibitions presented in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art. The graduate program is distinguished by its luminary faculty and outstanding resources including the on-site Library, Archive, Hessel Collection, and numerous institutional presenting and publishing partnerships. For more information, please see: https://ccs.bard.edu/school.
Reporting to the Director of the Graduate Program & Chief Curator, the Assistant/Associate Professor and Luma Fellow is a core member of the faculty at CCS Bard and contributes to the vision and priorities of the graduate program.
This is a full-time, non-tenure-track position with an initial two-year appointment that may be renewed or extended. The position requires on-campus presence at CCS Bard in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY at least three days per week (an office will be provided), as well as occasional exhibition openings and other departmental events on evenings and weekends. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2023. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and accompanied by a comprehensive benefits package.
Teach the foundational, two-credit courses "CS 501 – Proseminar I: Histories and Theories of Curating" in the Fall semester and "CS 502 – Proseminar II: Studies in Contemporary Art" in the Spring semester. These courses are a survey of exhibitions and curatorial histories and are instrumental to the first-year curriculum of the graduate program.
Develop and teach an elective course, which can touch upon interdisciplinary subjects and concerns, in either the Fall or Spring semester. The Assistant/Associate Professor and Luma Fellow is encouraged to develop several different elective courses to be taught at different points during their time at CCS Bard.
Participate in "MA Written Thesis & Interpretive Materials," a year-long, collectively taught course through which the written thesis papers of the CCS Bard graduate students are shaped, edited, and finalized.
Serve as a faculty advisor (during the Fall and Spring semesters) for three second-year graduate students, meeting every few weeks to supervise the development of both the written and curated components of their thesis project.
Serve as an advisor and collaborate with other faculty on the Professional Development and Work Placement Program, which allows students to work at arts organizations and receive mentorship from arts professionals during the Summer between their first and second years.
Serve as the temporary faculty advisor for three first-year students during the Spring semester.
Hold regular office hours.
Planning and Administration
Participate in regular faculty planning sessions around the curriculum, academic standards, and protocols of the graduate program.
Take part in meetings about day-to-day administration and student life at CCS Bard.
Attend and participate in regular critique sessions of student-curated exhibitions.
Serve on the Graduate Committee, which includes three day-long meetings each year, to provide feedback on the graduate thesis project proposals and to make admissions decisions.
If desired, and in collaboration with CCS Bard staff, conceive, curate, and organize public programs and exhibitions at CCS Bard and the Hessel Museum of Art. Programs, exhibitions, and publications may engage with CCS Bard's institutional partners, including Luma Arles and Afterall, as well as other collaborative engagements with artists, scholars, and curators.
Minimum of 5-7 years of academic experience, including teaching at the college level
Ph.D. in contemporary art history, cultural studies, or a related subject preferred
Demonstrated record of scholarship and published research
Knowledge of and insight into contemporary art and its contexts internationally
Ability to manage deadlines, juggle multiple responsibilities, and work collaboratively
Candidates are encouraged to apply by December 15, 2022 by submitting the following materials through Interfolio:
Cover letter summarizing your interests and qualifications
Teaching statement outlining your teaching philosophy and practice (2 pages max)
Diversity statement addressing your experience with and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field (2 pages max)
Two examples of course syllabi that speak to the subject area
Contact information for three references (at least two of which should be academic)
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
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Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs.Now, approximately 2,000 undergraduates study in Annandale and more than 200 graduate students study in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,000 students in our early colleges. Total enrollment for Bard College and its global affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders.