Visiting Assistant Professor in Museum Studies - Department of Art History and Art

The Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University seeks to appoint a Visiting Assistant Professor to teach Museum Studies foundation courses. In particular, we seek candidates whose expertise would complement the current departmental curriculum, with special priority given to those who could teach courses in the arts of Asia, Islam, Indigenous America, or Africa and the African Diaspora. Teaching duties include two courses each semester, comprising the museum studies sequence (ARTH 490A in the fall and ARTH 490B in the spring) and undergraduate and/or graduate classes in the successful applicant's area of specialization.

Candidates should exemplify excellence and innovation in research, scholarship, and teaching, with a demonstrated interest in engaging with museum and curatorial work. The CWRU Department of Art History and Art and our Joint Graduate Program have a longstanding collaboration with the renowned Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), and candidates are expected to have a strong commitment to object-based pedagogy. The VAP will fully participate in departmental and university service, which will include placement and supervision of second-year MA internships at the CMA as well as other University Circle and Cleveland area institutions.

Minimum requirements: PhD or ABD if the PhD will be in hand by August 2024, with a promising research trajectory. Teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Must be eligible to work in the USA.

The start date for the initial one-year appointment is July 1, 2024, renewable for one additional year. Applications should be submitted via interfolio using the following link: Complete applications should include:

  • a cover letter addressing research, teaching, and relevant museum experience/training;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a writing sample in the form of an article or a chapter;
  • a diversity statement [no more than two (2) pages in length], describing how the candidate's research, teaching, and/or service might contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how the candidate's individual and/or collaborative efforts may promote structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future;
  • and names and email addresses of three references. 

Applications received by February 15, 2024, will be given full consideration. Questions should be directed to Elina Gertsman, Acting Chair of the Department of Art History and Art, at

Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age and genetics. 

Case Western Reserve provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity by phone at 216.368.3066 or by email at Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.