Assistant Professor in Art History – Lake Forest College

The Art and Art History Department at Lake Forest College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Art History, with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art history & visual culture, to begin August 2023. Our curriculum is a combined Art and Art History program, with majors in Studio Art and Art History.

The position requires coverage of modern and contemporary art history, inclusive of global perspectives in the field. Our department is invested in extending our curriculum beyond Eurocentric canons. Candidates with specialization in Modern/Contemporary African Diaspora, Latin American, Asian, Indigenous, or other global art research are encouraged to apply. Our new colleague will teach a range of material spanning introductory survey lectures to upper-level seminars relevant to the candidate’s research and to a liberal arts environment. Applicants whose academic interests align with the histories and practices of Media, Technology, and/or Design are desirable as we look forward to future curriculum directions. Successful applicants will hold a Ph.D. by start date in Art History, Visual Culture, or a related field. A minimum of two years of demonstrated teaching experience is preferred. Applicants should expect to teach three undergraduate courses per semester. Classes are small (typically 15-30 students).

The Art and Art History Department believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to academic excellence. We are actively seeking candidates whose professional and lived experiences strengthen their ability to teach and mentor students across various spectrums of diversity. Candidates that take a comprehensive approach to ensuring diversity in art and design education, discourse and practice are highly encouraged to apply. Candidates should highlight their background in fostering an inclusive campus culture and supporting the success of students who are historically underrepresented in higher education.

To ensure full consideration of your application, materials must be received by November 18.

Application materials should be delivered via email to

All documents should be compiled in a single PDF containing the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • A statement that addresses your teaching and advising philosophy, including approaches to diversity and inclusion.
  • List of three references including their contact information and title at respective institutions.

Three Letters of Recommendation will be requested from candidates during the final stages of the search.


A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,700 students from more than 40 states and from more than 100 countries. Lake Forest is one of the most diverse small colleges in the Midwest with nearly 40% of our student body comprised of domestic students of color and international students. At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.