Eastern Oregon University’s (EOU) Art Department invites applicants for the dual position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History and Director of the Nightingale Gallery. We are an active and cohesive art program, forming a close community of artists, faculty and students in La Grande, Oregon in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Our program encourages multi-disciplinary, boundary-free investigation and risk-taking. We value not only knowing how to make things, but also the ability to articulate and thoughtfully analyze what we create. We believe the creative problem-solving skills, self-reflection, and novel thinking strategies learned here serve students in all aspects of their creative, professional, and personal lives.
This position is a one academic year replacement that begins September 16, 2019.
The successful candidate will be well-versed in contemporary art practices and history, and will exhibit a commitment to closely mentoring art majors in conceptual, technical, and professional issues throughout their capstone sequence which culminates in final senior group exhibitions each spring. Art historians with active interests in new media, contemporary visual culture, gender studies, indigenous studies, latinx studies, new genres or focuses relevant to underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.
Principal responsibilities will be a teaching load that includes 100- and 200-level art history survey classes and serving as Director of the Nightingale Gallery.
Gallery Director duties include all phases of curating and planning the following season’s exhibition schedule, as well as hiring and supervising student gallery workers, installing, and promoting programming for the 2019-2020 exhibition calendar.
We are interested in welcoming an enthusiastic contemporary arts professional who will actively collaborate with faculty, scholars, artists, and students to develop and maintain a dynamic and interdisciplinary programming for our small campus gallery.
This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal depending on program requirements and University needs.
M.A. or ABD in Art History or related field, and 1-3 years experience in a university and/or non-profit gallery or museum setting.
Commitment to excellence in teaching.
Commitment to mentoring undergraduate Art students.
Must satisfactorily complete EOU criminal and credential background check.
Valid work authorization documents required.
Internal Number: 20110097FAC
About Eastern Oregon University
Set in an historic small town, nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains and surrounded by fertile farmlands and breathtaking mountain wilderness, Eastern Oregon University is a great place to work. Eastern Oregon University is committed to students with roots in the inter-mountain rural East. A small intimate academic community, Eastern Oregon was ranked number two in the nation by Consumers Digest magazine as "Best Value for Public Colleges and Universities". With only two thousand students on campus, small intimate classes, and 350 faculty and staff who are passionate about undergraduate and graduate education and serving our rural region, EOU is a very special place.The University guides student inquiry through integrated, high-quality liberal arts and professional programs, including: 23 bachelor's degrees and partnership programs offering two bachelor's degrees in nursing and five bachelor's degrees in agriculture; more than 40 different minors; multiple pre-professional programs; and three master's degrees in business, teaching and science in education. Moreover, EOU is recognized as a national leader in distance education, offering extended opportunities for over two thousa...nd additional students at 13 centers throughout the state and beyond.Working in an environment where ideas are important, where critical thinking and collaboration are valued, can be exciting, rewarding and challenging. At EOU, you'll work with bright, diverse, and dedicated people, all of whom share a deeply personal commitment to advance and sustain a very special learning environment.