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Assistant Professor in Art History with a focus on Art and Archaeology of the Ancient/Medieval World (Tenure Track)

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Open September 5, 2022 through Friday, Nov 4, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

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Assistant Professor in Art History with a focus on Art and Archaeology of the Ancient/Medieval World (Tenure Track)

The Department of Art History and PhD Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine, invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the art and archaeology of the ancient and/or medieval world. Area of specialty and exact time period are open within these broad parameters, but the Current faculty have expressed interest in scholars whose research deals with transregional and transcultural problems in the art and archaeology of the following areas: ancient Egypt (including Dynastic, Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt); East Africa (including Nubia, Aksum and medieval Ethiopia); ancient Mesopotamia, Anatolia and the Levant; the Mediterranean in the first millennia BCE/CE; pre-Islamic Central Asia (including Gandhara); the Indian Ocean littoral; and the ancient Americas. We do not expect candidates to have expertise in all periods or areas but are looking for a colleague whose work lies at the intersection of art history and archaeology, who can collaboratively build on the Department’s current faculty and programmatic strengths in the ancient/medieval world (currently ancient Persia, Byzantium, later South Asia, and Islam).

Candidates whose work contributes to the study of the political and ethical implications of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, empire, and class, as well as the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies, are particularly encouraged to apply and will find theoretical interlocutors both in the Department and in campus programs, such as UCI’s Critical Theory Emphasis. We are especially interested in candidates who are engaged in archaeological fieldwork and have interests in involving students in their current or future projects (for which there is departmental support). In addition to its undergraduate and 4+1 MA programs in Art History, the department administers UCI’s interdisciplinary Archaeology Minor. Department faculty train doctoral students through Art History’s interdisciplinary PhD Program in Visual Studies. Applicants should demonstrate potential for excellence in scholarship and teaching and be able to teach a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as direct MA theses and PhD dissertations.

Requirements: Applicants must have a PhD in art history, archaeology or related interdisciplinary program completed before the appointment begins (July 1, 2023).

Application Procedure: Submit the following materials via UC Irvine’s on-line application system, AP Recruit, located at

The online application includes: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, an article- or chapter-length writing sample, a Reflective Teaching Statement, an Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement (see instructions below), and names and contact information for three letters of recommendation. Additional materials, such as letters of recommendation, sample syllabi, or additional writing samples, may be requested at a later date.

The Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement should communicate how your research, teaching, and professional activities contribute to diversity and foster inclusion. For more information, see

For UCI's guidelines on how to prepare a reflective teaching statement, see This statement should:
Indicate the candidate’s teaching experiences to date, including experience with teaching undergraduates/graduate students, or other populations, as well as their areas of interest. This statement should also include mentorship that they have given to others in the line of research or outreach activities. It should also detail the candidate’s teaching approaches and philosophies, as to how they will engage in effective teaching strategies.

Inquiries about the search may be sent to Matthew Canepa (Search Committee Chair); inquiries about AP Recruit and submission procedures may be sent to Robert Escalante (Art History Department Manager).

Applications must be completed by November 4, 2022, to receive full consideration.

Institutional Reference Check: The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence; where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. In support of this commitment, and as a means to address all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine will conduct an institutional reference check on recruitment finalists of Senate Ladder-Rank Professor and Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e. assistant, associate, full), prior to extending a formal offer of appointment. Applications submitted via AP Recruit must include a signed copy of the Authorization to Release Information Form for consideration.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in art history, archaeology or related interdisciplinary program must be completed by June 30, 2023.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
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Contact information for three letters of recommendation is required.

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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA