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Assistant or Associate Professor and Deedie Potter Rose Chair of Contemporary Art History

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Work type: Full-time
Location: TCU Main Campus
Categories: College of Fine Arts

Application Deadline
November 1, 2021 or until filled

Position Details

We seek an advanced Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History to hold the Deedie Potter Rose Chair of Art History. We are particularly interested in a candidate whose research engages with global connections in the contemporary world. At TCU, an endowed faculty position honors and recognizes the distinction of outstanding faculty while providing financial support above and beyond salary, for use in research, teaching, service, and/or professional development activities. As TCU follows the teacher-scholar model, the person hired/appointed into an endowed position should be able to demonstrate an impact in scholarship and teaching. The candidate will be expected to actively participate in TCU’s close relationship with museums in the area, in particular the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, but also the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, and museums in Dallas, as well as the Art Galleries at TCU (Fort Worth Contemporary Arts and the Moudy Gallery). The candidate will also be expected to work with the Studio Art MFA program and its students.

Date of Appointment: August 2022

Duties: Teach five courses per year, including general surveys and lecture and seminar based courses in area of specialization; maintain active research agenda; contribute to departmental and university service; advise graduate and undergraduate students.

Qualifications Required: Ph.D. in Art History or a closely related field. We seek a scholar with an ambitious and established research agenda, strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and demonstrated engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion. To learn more about TCU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, visit

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor; salary competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


Department Details
TCU’s School of Art is a NASAD-accredited program that offers the B.A. and M.A. in Art History, as well as the B.A., B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Studio Art and the B.F.A. in Art Education. The “museum experience” makes the TCU Art History program distinctive. The art history faculty maintains a close working relationship with the art museums in the area, especially the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas Museum of Art, and Sid Richardson Museum. Centering on the art object, the program allows students to expand their knowledge of the historical, stylistic, and theoretical dimensions of the visual arts, while having the invaluable experience of engaging directly with art objects.

School/College Description
The TCU College of Fine Arts is home to six units: the School of Art, the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, the School of Music, the Department of Design, the Department of Fashion Merchandising, and the Department of Theatre. The college offers 33 undergraduate degree programs and 24 advanced degree programs to help prepare the next generation of creative leaders in the arts. Approximately 850 undergraduate students and 120 graduate and professional program students pursue their passions in the TCU College of Fine Arts. These talented students study under renowned professors and guest artists, annually present more than 350 public performances and presentations, and display art and design work in juried exhibitions and competitions, among other creative activities. The college also offers a minor in Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship and oversees two on-campus art galleries.

University & Fort Worth Description

Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 299 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes eight schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, which is operated in collaboration with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Currently, TCU enrolls 9,474 undergraduates and 1,490 graduate students. Twenty-six percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, 5 percent are international students, and 42 percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members, 87 percent of whom hold a terminal degree. For nine consecutive years, TCU has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For®.

At TCU, diversity, equity and inclusion are an educational imperative that is tied directly to our University mission and vision. For the second consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights our ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with our core values and to create a campus culture where everyone is respected and feels included. Among TCU’s actions this year was approving a resolution to adopt DEI into its core curriculum.


Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions
Applications must include a letter of application addressing the responsibilities and qualifications outlined above; a current curriculum vita (CV); a one-page statement that details the applicant’s engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of 3 references and their current contact information. Only electronic materials will be accepted.

AA/EEO Statement
As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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