Art Department

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Native American and Indigenous Arts

The Williams College Art Department invites applications for an assistant professor (tenure track) who specializes in Native American and Indigenous arts / visual culture. The department is particularly interested in applicants who focus on trans-Atlantic encounter and exchange during the age of European colonial expansion (17th – 19th centuries) but also encourages other NAIS specialists to apply. This position is set to commence in the Fall of 2023.

The Williams Art Department aspires to provide a curriculum that offers geographical and cultural breadth as well as chronological depth and supports a variety of viewpoints and methodologies. The ideal candidate would contribute to the ongoing development of this curriculum towards reflecting the global diversity of historical artistic practices and the numerous heritages of current and future Williams students. To this end, candidates should be prepared to teach a variety of classes that range from introductory courses covering a broad spectrum of geographical, material, and methodological topics, to more specialized seminars for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching responsibilities include 2 courses per semester (4 per year), plus a January term every other year. Further, Williams faculty are expected to advise theses and independent study projects, as well as participate in the broader administrative community of the College.

In addition, with 2000 undergraduates and 40 graduate students (situated between Master’s programs in Art History and Development Economics), Williams is an institution that places high value on teaching as well as scholarship. We seek applicants who can demonstrate in their supporting materials a capacity for excellent teaching and for working effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to ethnicity, gender, gender identity, ability, nationality, race, religion, and sexual orientation.


The candidate should have a Ph.D. in art history, visual culture, and/or a related field in hand or expected by September 2023. Related fields might include but are not limited to History, American Studies, Anthropology, Museum Studies, or others.

Application Instructions

Applicants for the position should submit the following materials:

  • A letter of application of no more than three pages. The letter should include a brief overview of your research interests and a statement about your teaching experience that includes your teaching philosophy, educational objectives, and capacity to inclusively engage with a broadly diverse student population.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A summary of your present and future research interests (no more than two pages).

Candidates who advance in the pool will be asked to provide a sample of recent scholarly work, three letters of reference, and brief descriptions of two proposed courses.

All materials must be submitted via Interfolio, through the following link:

Application deadline: December 1, 2022. We plan to interview twelve semifinalists via Zoom in late January. Campus visits for four finalists will be conducted in late February / early March.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check. Further information is available here:

Please direct any questions to Michelle Apotsos, the search committee chair, at [email protected].

Position begins

Fall 2023

Application deadline

11:59 pm ET on December 1, 2022

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