Job Opportunity - Associate Professor of Western American Art History and Director of the Charles M. Russell Center

Tuesday, November 09, 2021 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


The School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma invites dynamic candidates to apply for a position in Western American Art History at the rank of Associate Professor, joining the faculty of the first and still only Ph.D. program to specialize in this area of study. The successful candidate will serve, in addition, as Director of the University’s Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West. In both capacities they will play a defining role in OU’s undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. programs in Art History, offering courses at all levels of instruction including regular participation in our innovative, team-taught, thematically organized Introduction to Art History and the opportunity to offer seminars in Undergraduate and Graduate Methods, responsibility for which rotates among the faculty.  Through its resource center, national symposia, course offerings and related outreach programs, the Russell Center actively engages students and the public in developing a better understanding of artistic traditions of the American West.

The position, starting on 15 August 2022, comes with a competitive salary, generous start-up funding, and research support. 

OU’s School of Visual Arts is dedicated to inclusivity, seeking excellent applicants from a diversity of backgrounds in methodology and scholarly interests as well as in gender and ethnicity.

OU’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (with which we share a building) is home to the Eugene B. Adkins Collection of Art of the American Southwest, a world-class resource for teaching and research. Other campus resources of relevance include OU’s Western History Collection and Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Important research collections in reasonable proximity include the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth), and the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa).

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa.  OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.  


  • Ph.D.
  • university-level teaching experience
  • record of innovative research

Application Instructions

Review of completed applications will begin on December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  A complete application must include: a curriculum vitae; a letter of application (cover letter); a statement of teaching experience and philosophy; one or more writing samples (books and exhibition catalogues will be returned at the conclusion of the search); and the names of three references with current contact information.

All materials should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Kenneth Haltman, H. Russell Pitman Professor of Art History, submitted electronically through this website:

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas.

The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!

Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | 3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860