Assistant Professor of Art History, Ancient/Classical Greece (Position Number:
The Department of Art History, Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, invites
applications for an endowed faculty chair specializing in the arts of Greece and the
ancient Hellenic cultural tradition. This position has been endowed in honor of the
distinguished specialist in Classical art and myth Karl Kilinski. While an appointment at
the rank of assistant professor tenure track is anticipated, extraordinary candidates at the
associate level will be considered.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinarity, strong
visual analytic skills, theoretical fluency, and a broad knowledge of ancient Greek visual
culture and its intersections with adjacent artistic traditions, such as those of Rome and
the ancient Near East. Potential research interests may address questions of art and
thought in the Hellenic tradition; institutional and social/historical critique of visual
production and reception; history and theories of vision, artistic media, and spatial
practice; cultural poetics of gender and sexuality, social identity, and the political
imaginary; cross-cultural exchange and interculture. We invite applications from
scholars in a variety of disciplines, including art and architectural history, cultural
studies, classical studies, archaeology, performance studies, women’s and gender studies,
and other related fields. We encourage candidates whose teaching would engage the
resources and programs of area cultural institutions, including the ancient art collections
at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Kimbell Museum.
Minimum Qualifications: ABD, with completed degree expected no later than spring
2015; demonstrated potential in teaching and scholarship; expertise to teach courses for
undergraduate majors and non-majors and graduate students in the arts of Greece and the
ancient Hellenic cultural tradition.
Preferred Qualifications: completed PhD strongly preferred; preference will be given
to those scholars with demonstrated excellence in teaching and publications, as
appropriate to their experience.
The successful candidate will participate actively in shaping the future of research,
curriculum, and pedagogy in SMU Art History’s vibrant interdisciplinary degree
program, RASC/a: Rhetorics of Art Space and Culture. The candidate will develop
courses for undergraduate and graduate students, from general surveys to focused
research seminars; mentor students at all levels; supervise MA theses and PhD
dissertations; and contribute to the overall vitality of the university through engagement
with interdisciplinary programs within the Meadows School of the Arts and across
campus. SMU boasts a generously endowed research library in Classical Studies.
Faculty in the Division of Art History receive leaves, as well as research and travel
support. In general the teaching load is 2/2.
Proposed starting date: August 2014.
Applicants should submit a detailed letter of application, CV, samples of publications or
dissertation chapters, and evidence of teaching experience. Please request three letters of
recommendation be sent directly to: Pamela Patton, Chair of Division of Art History,
Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, PO Box 750356, Dallas,
TX 75275-0356. Inquiries may be directed to Rosa Reifsnyder (rreifsnyde.smu.edu) or
We encourage digital applications: E-mailed files should be saved to smallest size. To
retain font and formatting integrity, save documents in .pdf format. Letters of
recommendation may be scanned and sent as .jpg files. All digital material must be fully
functioning on both PC and Mac platforms. Send digital applications to Rosa Reifsnyder
To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be postmarked by
January 4, 2014, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the
position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after
the position is filled.
SMU is a private university of 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, located in
north Dallas. Established in 1911, SMU offers an intellectually diverse, nondenominational
campus environment dedicated to the University’s founding principles of
education in the liberal arts.
SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex,
age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal
opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender
identity and expression. Hiring is contingent upon the successful completion of a