Vacancy: Mirviss Chair position in Japanese art history (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Date of event:   12/11/2021 − 12/11/2021

Position: Mirviss Chair position in Japanese art history
Application deadline: 12 November 2021
Institution: The Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States

The Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to invite applications for an open rank Mirviss Chair position in Japanese art history. The position is endowed and includes an annual research budget.

The department is open to any time period, any field of inquiry in Japanese art history and methodological approach. Candidates who can teach Japanese art historical and visual cultural traditions comparatively within an expanded regional or global context are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate may also be involved in the department’s curatorial program.

We are looking for outstanding scholars with innovative, dynamic, and generative research agendas, who are committed to considering and contributing diverse perspectives within the classroom and the larger communities of the University, the city of Madison, and the State of Wisconsin. The successful candidate should have demonstrated research in the field and will also be expected to have sufficient skills to work closely with curators on the Japanese art collection at the Chazen Museum of Art.

The position involves significant ongoing research and publication, as well as performance of department, university and community services as appropriate for faculty rank. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting campus organizations and initiatives, such as the Center for East Asia; the Center for Visual Cultures; the Center for Design and Material Culture; the Division of the Arts; the Center for the Humanities; and the Institute for Research in the Humanities, as well as make use of the outstanding collection of the Kohler Art Library and the Chazen Museum of Art.

The successful candidate will regularly teach a survey course on the “Art of Asia” and courses in Japanese art at all levels, from early Japan to the modern, including courses in their area of specialty. The regular teaching load is two courses per semester, and will include undergraduate and graduate courses, at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels, including “gateway” courses required for the major. Teaching will also involve mentoring of MA and PhD student research and directing undergraduate and graduate theses. The selected applicant will pursue a well-articulated and designed agenda of scholarly/creative productivity. In addition, they will participate in graduate degree committees, advising, and recruiting activities; collaborate in the ongoing work of the Department; and carry out leadership and service within the School, College, and University.

Interested candidates will find the position announcement at, click on “Apply Now” and submit the following three items: (1) letter of application; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample of roughly 35 pages. In addition, you will be asked to submit the names and contact information for three references. These references will submit confidential letters of recommendation on your behalf through the application portal.

For full consideration, all materials must be received no later than midnight, Friday, November 12, 2021 (PVL 242909). However positions may remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.