Open Positions

History of Architecture, Global Modern and Contemporary

The Department of Art History at Northwestern University seeks to hire a full-time, assistant professor in the field of modern and/or contemporary architectural history in any geographical area. Candidates will be expected to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels, offering at least one course annually that incorporates significant material on the built environment of the United States. An ideal candidate will create bridges between Art History and other Northwestern departments, as well as with Chicago area archives and institutions that support the study of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism across the globe. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in art history or other relevant field by September 1, 2017, when this tenure-track appointment will begin. Candidates should submit a letter of application (including a statement about teaching), a current CV, and one article- or chapter-length writing sample (published or in manuscript). Candidates should arrange to have three letters of reference sent on their behalf as discussed below.  

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Instructions

To apply for the Assistant Professor of Art History position, please go here:

Applications will only be accepted online (see link above). Please read all instructions and make all preparations before proceeding to the application page linked above. If you’ve been asked to submit a letter of recommendation for an applicant, please use the link in your email instructions instead of the page above.                           

All documents should be prepared in advance as partial applications will not be accepted and cannot be saved. Also, please be sure all information is entered completely and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.

1. Prepare separate PDFs (4 MB max file size) for your cover letter, CV, and writing sample. The writing sample, published or unpublished, may be a journal article or book or dissertation chapter of 30-35 pages in length.

Files not in Adobe PDF format can be “saved as” or “printed to PDF” before uploading. If you only have a paper version of a particular document, you may scan it and save it as a PDF. The first is preferred, however, as it retains text recognition capabilities. If your PDF exceeds the 4 MB size limit, instructions on how to reduce the size of your PDF can be found at

File names should not include parentheses, quotation marks, or other such characters; the system will likely not accept these documents.

2. Prepare a list of names and email addresses for your external academic references. Be sure to let these individuals know that they will be prompted for a letter once your application is complete.

Three references are required. After you submit your complete online application, references will be emailed instructions for uploading a letter of recommendation.

3. Submit application.

When your PDF files and list of references are complete, you may proceed to the online application (see link above). All required fields must be filled in before you click the “Submit” button for your application to be accepted. You will receive an email confirmation shortly after your application has been received.

Applications completed by November 1, 2016 will be ensured full consideration. References must be received by November 15, 2016.

If you have any questions about the application or need to report a problem with the online application process, please send an email to using “Architecture Search” in the subject line.