Visiting Professor of Asian Art History

Swarthmore College

The Department of Art and Art History at Swarthmore College invites applications for a three-year temporary position as Visiting Assistant Professor specializing in Asian art to begin Fall 2024 and extend through Spring 2027. An extension may be possible. We seek an art historian who can teach a broad array of courses in the history of Asian art. We are especially interested in candidates with a focus in South Asian, East Asian, modern and contemporary and/or transnational and diasporic histories. We welcome candidates with research and teaching interests in cross-cultural encounters and interdisciplinary exchanges. The strongest applicants will be dedicated teacher-scholars with a well-developed primary field of specialization, an interest in developing courses with thematic, geographical, and temporal breadth, and a commitment to pedagogically creative undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts context.  We are particularly interested in candidates who can work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds.

The teaching load is 2 courses per semester, 4 per year. Teaching responsibilities will include first-year seminars, surveys, intermediate courses, and advanced seminars in the Art History program, as well as the supervision of student research projects.  This position also contributes importantly to the college’s Asian Studies program.  Courses in Asian art history attract a broad range of students at the College.  The Art History program has 4 permanent tenure lines. We seek an individual who can enrich our current course offerings and complement our areas of expertise and we encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our program’s current strengths on the College website: The College offers a comprehensive and highly competitive compensation package, including professional development and research funds.

Located in the immediate suburbs of Philadelphia, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and actively seeks and welcomes applicants with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.  Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see


Among the qualifications required for appointment is a Ph.D. in Art History or a closely related discipline (outstanding candidates who are in the final stages of dissertation writing will be considered), and a passion for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and identities.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their teaching and research interests and their interest in Swarthmore College, a current CV, and an article-length writing sample. Applicants should arrange for their application and three letters of recommendation to be addressed to the Search Committee, Art History Program, Swarthmore College and submitted online at: Sample syllabi/course descriptions will be requested from candidates who proceed to the second round of consideration. Questions can be directed to Caren Brenman, Administrative Coordinator:

Full consideration will be given to all applications received by February 12, 2024, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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