If you are a scholar specializing in the art history of Africa or the African diaspora and have a PhD, we urge you to apply for a tenure-track faculty position that just opened up at the University of Wisconsin–Madison! This will be an assistant or associate professorship based in the Departments of Art History and African Cultural Studies, beginning August 2024.

The two departments are open to any time period, field of inquiry within these disciplines, and methodological approach. Both departments are especially interested in scholars working on cultural production who employ innovative, interdisciplinary methods and ways of thinking.

This position involves significant research and publication and performance of department, university, and community services. It also includes opportunities to participate in campus organizations such as the Center for Visual Cultures, the Center for the Humanities, and Institute for Research in the Humanities, as well as a chance to make use of collections at the Kohler Art Library, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, and the Chazen Museum of Art.


  • Successful applicants will teach graduate and undergraduate classes of various sizes, direct independent studies and/or conference courses, mentor students, conduct scholarly research, and provide service to the department, college, university, and academic community nationally or internationally. The normal teaching load in the Departments of Art History and African Cultural Studies is four courses per academic year, two courses in one semester and two courses in the other, one course per semester in Art History and one course per semester in African Cultural Studies. Successful candidates will be expected to develop and regularly teach a large-enrollment introductory course in Art History.
  • In addition to teaching, tenure-track faculty are expected to demonstrate productivity in scholarly research and to complete departmental & university service. The successful candidate, as a member of the College of L&S, will proactively contribute to, support, and advance the college’s commitment to diversity among all aspects of their teaching, research, and service.


  • Holds a PhD in Art History (or related field) by start of appointment
  • Candidates should demonstrate evidence of creativity and excellence in teaching and scholarly research.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate experience with fostering or the ability to foster an inclusive and equity-centered teaching, learning, departmental, and research environment where all can thrive.
  • Knowledge of an African language desirable.

How to Apply:

  • Interested candidates can apply here through through UW-Madison’s online application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered.
  • Click on the “Apply Now” button and submit:
    • a cover letter describing research, teaching experience, and teaching philosophy
    • a curriculum vitae
    • a teaching statement, including discussion of successes and challenges in the classroom, innovative approaches to student-centered learning, and 3-5 sample syllabi
    • a list of references with contact information for requesting letters of recommendation.
  • Additional materials, including the actual letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and teaching evaluations may be requested at a later stage.

For additional information, please consult the Departments of Art History and African Cultural Studies websites, or direct questions to either Professor Jennifer Pruitt or Professor Luis Madureira.

Anticipated Start Date: August 19, 2024

Salary: Negotiable; Academic (9 months)

Deadline: January 2, 2024; however, the position will remain open until filled. 

Apply here.

Initial interviews will be conducted remotely in January with on-campus visits for finalists in February and March.

Good luck to all applicants!