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Open Rank Teaching Professor, Visual Studies

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Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Non-Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Arts, Media and Design

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

The Department of Art + Design in the College of Arts, Media, and Design invites applications for (2) Full Time non-Tenure Track (NTT) Teaching Professors (Open Rank) in the expanded field of Visual Studies to begin fall 2022. We seek to hire interdisciplinary teacher-scholars who advance intersectional approaches to analyzing visual culture. Candidates should be able to develop and teach courses with a global orientation that compliment existing Art+Design concentrations in media arts, interaction design, graphic and information design. Teaching responsibilities will include 3 undergraduate and / or graduate courses per semester as well as the opportunity to propose topic-specific upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses.


The teaching load is 3 classes per semester. 


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Art History, Visual Studies, Performance Studies, History and/or Theory of Design or related fields by appointment start date.  Candidates should be able to demonstrate a record of innovative pedagogy and relevant teaching expertise. All faculty are expected to maintain a robust professional practice / scholarly profile and possess a strong commitment to teaching critical thinking skills to Art+Design majors.  


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Additional Information:

This teaching position entails working with faculty across the College of Arts, Media and Design and Northeastern University. Additionally, NTT faculty are eligible to receive funding for faculty development.  Appointment within the Department of Art + Design locates you within a major urban private research university and a leader in experiential learning, global engagement and advanced research. The College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) is a collaborative, diverse community, acting as a catalyst for research, inspiration, and discovery across the University. It brings together a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art + Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre, and is home to three interdisciplinary research centers: the Center for the Arts, the Center for Design, and the Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change. (See:

Qualified candidates must have experience in, or a demonstrated commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in a culturally diverse work and educational environment. Northeastern University offers benefits coverage to the domestic partners of benefits-eligible faculty and staff.

Applicants should submit a letter of application describing teaching, research and relevant professional experience, along with a statement about the applicant’s commitment to diversity, CV and sample syllabus for a relevant course. Applicants should also identify three or more references that can be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

Applications received on or before January 18, 2022, will be guaranteed full review and consideration. Inquiries may be directed to Associate Professor Gloria Sutton, at

All applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support and accommodations, please contact Julie Newmeyer,, Personnel Administration Manager for the College of Arts Media and Design.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.  

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see


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