Arts of China Consortium

(formerly Chinese and Japanese Art History WWW Virtual Library)
hosted by the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University




Australian National University: post-docs, Australian Centre on China in the World
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art: Collaborative Doctoral Award with Birmingham City University
Cleveland Museum of Art: Assistant Curator of Asian Art
Council on International Education Exchange: Shanghai staff
Dissertation Reviews: field editor, Asian art history
J. Paul Getty Trust Foundation: Program Officer
IES Abroad Beijing Center: Director
Minneapolis Institute of Arts: A.W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art
MOCA Shanghai: internships
New York University Shanghai: early China
Rubin Museum of Art: (1) Assistant Curator/Curator (2)Curatorial Fellow (3) Curatorial Assistant
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: modern and contemporary art in East Asia or Middle East
Thomas & Associates, Inc.: specialist, traditional Asian art
University of British Columbia: Chinese art & visual culture

University of Chicago: Chinese art history
University of Pennsylvania: post-docs, "Sex"  
University of San Francisco: Asian art history
University of Tokyo: Asian studies

University of Utah: art history, field open
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: internships

Listings below are organized chronologically by application deadline;
those with no deadlines are at the bottom of list.

Australian National University

[from ANU, 8/12/14]

Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
up to 6 positions (A321-14ZH)
Location: Canberra/ACT
Term of Contract: Fixed Term of 2 Years
Grade: Level A
Salary Package: $64,386-$70,974 pa plus 17% superannuation
Closing Date: 17 September 2014

The Australian National University is one of the foremost institutions in the world outside of China for research and teaching about China. The Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) is a major initiative at the ANU, supported by research intensive funding from the Commonwealth Government. It enhances ANU's existing capabilities to create an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China on a global scale. See and associated The China Story website.

The Centre takes a broad, holistic view and engages multidisciplinary expertise in areas including Chinese thought, culture, history, politics, society, environment, economics and foreign and strategic policy. The Centre is seeking to recruit highly talented, motivated and ambitious Postdoctoral Fellows to join a world-class group of researchers. The successful applicants are expected to contribute towards one or more of CIW's research themes: China Everyday, China Justice, China Numbers, China Texts, China Time, China Urban/Rural, China Australia and China Global.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to foster a collaborative agenda with research staff at CIW, other ANU colleges and other early career academics to promote Chinese Studies. In addition, they will also conduct their own research at the highest level and be expected to participate throughout their appointment in all aspects of academic life. This academic position is initially for a two year period, with an opportunity for a further two year extension subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance. The successful candidates will be provided with mentoring and support to develop into international research leaders.

To be considered for this position, applicants must address the selection criteria, accompanied by a detailed CV with details of at least 2 referees, response to the Research Plan form (attached under "additional information" section) about their proposed research activities at ANU and a statement addressing the selection criteria.

The ANU provides attractive benefits and excellent support to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to superannuation. This also includes generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part time working arrangements, a parental and aged care support program, dual career hire programs, ANU school holiday programs, and childcare facilities on campus. For more information, please visit

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant.

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Enquiries: Dr Jane Golley (Attention: Jane Golley), tel +61 2 6125 6976

Responsible to: Director, CIW

The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. The Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), located in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, is a major new initiative at the ANU that has been funded by the Commonwealth government. Its aim is to enhance the ANU's existing capabilities to create an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China on a global scale. A Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to contribute towards the research program of the Centre and to develop their research expertise through the pursuit of defined projects relevant to the Centre's research themes. Engagement with the Centre's education program and outreach activities will also be expected.

Position Dimensions and Relationships: CIW takes a broad, holistic view and engages multidisciplinary expertise in areas including Chinese thought, culture, history, politics, society, environment, economics and foreign and strategic policy. The Post-doctoral Fellow will be expected to foster a collaborative agenda with research staff at CIW, other ANU faculties and other early career academics to promote Chinese Studies and the development of CIW's research program and activities. The Postdoctoral Fellow will report to the Director of the Centre and will be expected to work collegially with other members of CIW, both professional and academic staff, and within the ANU community. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be provided with support, guidance and direction from other senior staff within CIW and with an increasing degree of autonomy as the Postdoctoral Fellow develops in skill and experience.
Role Statement: The principal tasks and duties of the position are:
- Undertake independent research in an area of studies of China, with limited supervision with a view to publishing original and innovative results in refereed journals, present research at academic seminars and at national and international conferences, and collaborate with other researchers at a national level.
- Collaborate with senior staff to actively seek and secure external funding, assist to prepare and submit research proposals to external funding bodies as appropriate.
- Contribute to the education program of the Centre, which may include but not limited to, mentoring in the PhD program, teaching and the design and development of coursework modules
- Assist in outreach activities including to prospective students, research institutes, industry, government, the media and the general public.
- Proactively contribute to all aspects of the operation of the Centre. This may include representation through committee membership, attendance at conferences and other activities in line with the work of the Centre.
- Other duties as allocated by the supervisor or the Vice-Chancellor consistent with the classification of the position;
- Comply with all ANU policies and procedures, and in particular those relating to work health and safety and equal opportunity.

Selection criteria:
1. A PhD (or awarding of a PhD within six months of appointment commencement) in a discipline relevant to the Australian Centre on China in the World.
2. Proven record of independent research in the area of studies of China as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
3. Evidence of the ability to articulate and prosecute innovative research in the area of studies of China.
4. An ability and commitment to seek for competitive external funding to support individual and collaborative research activities.
5. Excellent oral and written English and Chinese language skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with a variety of staff and students in a cross-disciplinary academic environment and to foster respectful and productive working relationships with staff, students and colleagues at all levels.
6. Demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context.

Additional Information:
Postdoc recruitment research plan form July 2014.docx

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University of Tokyo

[from AAS, 8/4/14]

Associate Professor, Asian Studies
Department of Pioneering Asian Studies
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia

The Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Toyo Bunka Kenkyusho) at the University of Tokyo has an opening for an associate professor in its Department of Pioneering Asian Studies. The latter was created on 1 April 2011 with the objective of developing new perspectives in the field of Asian Studies through 1) venturing in new fields of research and/or 2) adopting innovative methodologies. Depending on the experience of the successful candidate, he/she may teach his/her own research topic in related faculties and graduate schools.

The Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia offers very attractive working conditions. Internationally recognized as a center of excellence in Asian Studies, its focus is on research; teaching duties are very limited. The successful candidate will profit from an intellectually dynamic environment and be able to devote himself/herself fully to the proposed research project (see below).

Qualifications: Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in the Humanities or the Social Sciences and should be engaged in research related to Asia (broadly defined). They must furthermore have a proven track record of publications of international repute (books and/or journal articles). Proficiency in Japanese language is not required, but the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the daily administration of the Institute.

Stipend and benefits: In accordance with the regulations stipulated by the University.
Expected date of appointment: 1 April 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter
Term of office: Five years (with no possibility of extension)

Documents for application:
1. A Curriculum Vitae (please use the University of Tokyo standard resume form)
2. A list of publications (in any format) and maximum of three most important works.
3. A copy of applicant's final degree diploma.
4. An essay describing your research achievements so far (maximum 800 words in English or 4,000 characters in Japanese).
5. An essay describing your research topic and your planned research program for the next five years (please specify clearly what you intend to accomplish while you are at the Institute given the mandate of the department stipulated above). (Maximum 800 words in English or 4,000 characters in Japanese)

Application and deadline: All applications must reach us by post (registered mail) at the following address by September 19. E-mail applications cannot be considered.
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Toyo-Bunka Kenkyusho)
University of Tokyo
7-3-1, Hongo
Tokyo 113-0033

Selection Process: All successful candidates after the first screening will be notified of the interview date and time via e-mail. Interviews are scheduled for the middle of January 2015. All costs, including travel and accommodation, will be fully borne by the applicant.

Enquiries: e-mail only at Enquiries by telephone only by Japanese language.

1) Materials submitted for the application will not be returned.
2) Personal information received through this application process will not be used for any other purposes.
3) The University of Tokyo is an equal opportunity employer.

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IES Abroad Beijing Center

[from H-NET, 6/28/14]

Center Director

The IES Abroad Beijing Center Director is responsible for strategy, management and operations at the IES Abroad Beijing Center. The Center Director supervises the Center's academic programs, serves as the main point of contact with the Center's partner institution in Beijing, and cultivates a broad range of contacts in Beijing and China for the benefit of the Center and IES Abroad. The Center Director is the main point of contact for the Center with IES Abroad headquarters in Chicago, and reports to the Program Dean for China. The Center Director supervises all staff and faculty members in Beijing and is responsible for the health and safety conditions of IES Abroad students. The Center Director will lead the hiring process (in coordination with the Program Dean) to fill any approved vacancies. The Center Director will represent IES Abroad Beijing at various IES Abroad meetings, during visits to colleges and universities in the United States to speak with study abroad coordinators and to recruit students, and at other national and international meetings, as determined with the Program Dean. The Center Director will oversee other projects that involve the cultivation of a broad range of contacts in China. The IES Abroad Beijing Center Director communicates and collaborates closely with the Center Directors in Shanghai and Kunming, China, on intra-Center projects and opportunities.

The IES Beijing Center Director position combines strong academic credentials in a recognized academic discipline with demonstrated experience in academic administration and management. The Director should be familiar with the nature, organization, and customs of higher education in both the United States and China, should have experience working in the field of higher education in both countries, and should demonstrate experience and skill at collaborating with Chinese and U.S. institutions. The Director should have a strong commitment to academic rigor, to educating people in an international environment, and to promoting intercultural competence. Native or near-native fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese, both written and spoken, is required.

Responsibilities in the areas of Program Management, Academic Management, Communication, Outreach, Public Relations & Marketing, Student Life, Emergency Response & Crisis Management are described further in the job posting on the IES Abroad website.

Contact: Human Resources Department at IES Abroad via No phone call please, including agencies. Closing date: 25 September 2014.

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J. Paul Getty Trust Foundation

[from H-NET, 7/3/14]

Program Officer

Program Officer has primary responsibility for the development and administration of grants within one or more broad areas of expertise, including initiatives that advance art history and museum practice domestically and internationally.

- Identifies needs in the field in consultation with experts
- Develops guidelines for grant initiatives
- Works directly with potential grantees to develop proposals
- Oversees review and award processes, and monitors the progress of awarded grants.
- Advises applicants and maintains extensive contact with Getty senior staff and organizations active in related areas.
- Evaluates grant effectiveness and participates in policy development and the development of new grant categories.
- Represents the Foundation locally, nationally, and internationally.

- Ph.D. in art history or closely related field.
- 7-10 years experience in museum, university, or arts non-profit.
- Recognized for expertise in the field and ability to apply extensive knowledge and content expertise.
- Proficiency in a foreign language preferred.
- Grantmaking experience preferred but not required.
- Position requires excellent analytical, organizational, and managements skills, as well as outstanding interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide range of applicants, grantees, outside advisors, and other experts.

To apply, please go to our website. Closing date: 30 September 2014.

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University of Pennsylvania

[from H-NET, 5/16/14]

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, 2015-2016

Five Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities are available for the 2015-2016 academic year on the general theme of SEX. Open to untenured junior scholars holding a PhD (no more than eight years out of doctorate). Research proposals from all humanistic disciplines and allied areas (e.g., anthropology, history of science) are eligible, except for educational curriculum-building and the performing arts (scholars of performing arts are eligible). Fellows teach one undergraduate course during the year in addition to conducting their research (must be in residence during fellowship year: September 1 - May 31). Stipend: $46,500 plus single-coverage health insurance and a $2,500 research fund.

Applications are accepted via secure online webform only. Do NOT e-mail your application or CV, or questions about whether proposed topic is viable. Those submissions and questions will NOT be considered. The committee cannot comment on the appropriateness of proposals in advance. A careful reading of the topic description and the application form itself generally answers most questions. Please also note that if you will defend you graduate thesis any time after December 2014, you are NOT eligible to apply, and NO exceptions will be considered.

Full fellowship guidelines, "SEX" topic description, and downloadable application:
Application deadline: October 15, 2014

Contact: Jennifer Conway, Associate Director

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New York University Shanghai

[from H-NET, 8/29/14]

Early China

NYU Shanghai is currently inviting applications for one or more tenured or tenure-track appointments at any level (assistant, associate, or full professor). Scholars should have expertise in two or more of the following fields, all pertaining to Early China from the Shang to the Tang dynasty: (a) archeology and material culture; (b) history and geography; (c) philosophy, religion and textual traditions; (d) paleography (excavated texts), epigraphy, and linguistics. Successful candidates will have excellent reading of Classical Chinese and an emphasis on interdisciplinarity. The ability to handle a wide range of different sources would be especially desirable.

The terms of employment are comparable to U.S. institutions and include housing subsidies and educational subsidies for children. Faculty may also spend time at NYU New York and other sites of the NYU global network, engaging in both research and teaching. The appointment can begin as soon as September 1, 2015, with a later starting date possible, pending candidate availability.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. To be considered, candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, separate statements of research and teaching interests (no more than three pages each), and representative publications. To complete the online application process, applicants will be prompted to enter the names and email addresses of at least three referees. Each referee will be contacted to upload their reference letter. Senior candidates are not required to submit references at this time. Please visit our website at for instructions and other information on how to apply. If you have any questions, please e-mail

NYU Shanghai is the newest degree-granting campus within the NYU Global Network University. It is the first Sino-US higher education joint venture to grant a degree that is accredited in the U.S. as well as in China. All teaching is conducted in English. A research university with liberal arts and science at its core, it resides in one of the world's great cities with a vibrant intellectual community. NYU Shanghai will recruit scholars who are committed to NYU's global vision of transformative teaching and innovative research. New York University has established itself as a Global Network University, a multi-site, organically connected network encompassing key global cities and idea capitals. There are three degree-granting campuses in New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi, and complemented by eleven additional academic centers across five continents. Faculty and students circulate within the network in pursuit of common research interests and cross-cultural, interdisciplinary endeavors, both local and global.

NYU Shanghai is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

[from MIA, 10/21/14]

A.W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art

This is a one-year benefited fellowship with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that could be extended to two years, with a stipend of $56,000 per year. The main purpose of this Fellowship is to research and catalogue the MIA's collections of Japanese and Korean Art.

In this role, you will…
- Interpret and catalogue the MIA's collections of Japanese and Korean art.
- Organize gallery rotations and exhibitions by writing gallery and object information texts.
- Work with other Divisions in the development of programs around the MIA's Japanese and Korean collections.
- Cultivate relationships with donors, professional colleagues, partner organizations, and the community in furtherance of the MIA's strategic goals.

Specific Requirements:
- Minimal requirements include an MA in Art History with a specialization in Japanese art. Candidates who have completed a Ph.D. with emphasis on Japanese art or are enrolled in such a Ph.D. program are preferred.
- Proficiency in Japanese.
- Excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills.
- Ability to work independently as well as interdepartmentally throughout the museum.
- Some museum experience and knowledge of TMS or comparable collections management software preferred.
- National and international candidates are considered.

Who You Are:
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is an audience-focused workplace where everyone strives to provide excellent service and cultivate honest and positive relationships. Generosity, agility, emotional intelligence, positive energy, and drive are the core values that define the MIA's culture. Successful employment at the MIA includes full embrace and demonstrable indicators of these values by all team members.

You're good at and enjoy…
- Writing interpretive material
- Art historical research
- Working independently
- Coordinating projects to completion
- Organization
- Being a team player
- Promoting art appreciation in a museum context

A complete application includes a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, article-length English-language writing sample, 2 letters of recommendation. Please send the letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample to Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to the following address directly: Please note that these letters will be verified.

Attn: Human Resources
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
fax (612) 870-3263

Posting Deadline: Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2014.

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University of British Columbia

[courtesy of UBC, 9/19/14]

Assistant Professor in the History of Chinese Art & Visual Culture
Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory

The Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of the history of Chinese art and visual culture. The department is searching for a candidate who specializes in the art, architecture, and/or visual culture of China up to the middle Qing. Possible areas of specialization might include, but are not limited to, early Chinese art and architecture, premodern painting, decorative arts, material culture, and Buddhist visual culture. Familiarity with the historical span of Chinese and East Asian art, including the modern era, would be an asset for teaching. The candidate will be versed in the most advanced theoretical and methodological concerns of the field and have competency in the languages the specialization requires.

UBC, one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada, has excellent resources for scholarly research. The Art History program offers a MA and a PhD, and partners with strong Visual Art and Critical and Curatorial Studies programs. This position in Art History also presents an opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group of scholars within the larger academic community, including the Department of Asian Studies, the Asian Library, and Institute of Asian Research, as well as the Museum of Anthropology and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

The candidate must have a PhD (or have successfully defended their dissertation) by the position start date. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and in undergraduate and graduate teaching. He or she will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service.

Applicants should apply through the UBC Faculty careers website, and they must be prepared to upload (in the following order): a letter of application; a detailed curriculum vitae; statement of research and teaching philosophies; a sample syllabus; a sample book chapter or scholarly paper, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted by e-mail to or by mail to:

Professor Scott Watson, Chair
Art History Search Committee
Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
University of British Columbia
403-6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z2

The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2015.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received by November 10th, 2014.

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Council on International Education Exchange

[from H-NET, 5/14/14]

CIEE – Council on International Education Exchange is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to helping people acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. Founded in 1947, CIEE is a worldwide leader in international education and exchange programs operating across 41 countries.

Resident Director-Shanghai
CIEE is currently recruiting a Resident Director responsible for the quality and success of the programs offered at the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai, China. The position is responsible for all aspects of in-country operations as well as for long-range planning, ongoing program evaluation, development, and marketing. The Resident Director is responsible for ensuring the highest levels of program quality and customer satisfaction. You must hold a Master's degree or above with a minimum of 5 years' professional work experience, preferably in an international education-related position. Native or near-native fluency in Mandarin Chinese required. In-depth knowledge of China and its culture, history, business practices, and academic environment required. Must be authorized to work and able to live full-time (12 months per year) in Shanghai. Strong leadership and management skills and a commitment to customer service required.

Manager, Student Services-Shanghai
CIEE is seeking a Manager of Student Services who is responsible for the overall design, implementation and quality of student services programming and residential life, assisting the Center Director with the general daily administration of all programs offered at the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai. The objective of this position is to develop and carry out activities and programs that enhance and support the mission of the organization and goals of the programs in Shanghai, to create and maintain a safe, healthy and supportive environment for living and learning, and to ensure the professional and efficient management of the Study Center and its programs. You must hold a Master's degree with a minimum of 5 years' professional work experience, preferably in an student affairs, study abroad, or international education exchange, including at least 1 year professional or academic experience in China. Native or near-native fluency in Mandarin Chinese required. In-depth knowledge of China and its culture, history, business practices, and academic environment required. Must be authorized to work and able to live full-time (12 months per year) in Shanghai. Strong leadership and management skills and a commitment to customer service required.

Please visit for a comprehensive job description for either position. Closing date: 13 Nov 2014.

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University of Chicago

[from CAA, 8/11/14]

Assistant or Associate Professor, Chinese Art History

The Department of Art History at the University of Chicago solicits applications for a position in Chinese art on the assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (tenure-track or tenured) level with a preferred start date of 1 July 2015. Art historians working on any period and medium may apply. Applicants are expected to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of specific art forms as well as broad interest in methodological and historiographical issues, to work with scholars and students across regional and disciplinary divides, and to play a key role in strengthening the department's East Asian art program.

Complete application materials include a cover letter (including discussion of research plans and teaching interests), CV, three letters of recommendation for assistant professor applicants (contact information for three references for associate professor applicants), and selected writing samples. Applicants should send all materials in electronic format (MS Word or PDF) to with subject heading "Chinese Search." Please have the three letters of reference sent directly to the same e-mail address. In addition, applicants must upload the CV and cover letter to the Academic Career Opportunities Website, posting #02372, to be considered. Position is contingent upon budgetary approval. For full consideration, applications must be received by November 15, 2014. No application materials will be accepted after December 15, 2014.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

[from VMFA, 10/22/12]

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has offered students the opportunity to intern with the staff since 1940. Interns work under the guidance of museum staff and participate in the ongoing work of the department. Internships acquaint students with the challenges and rewards of planning and implementing a variety of projects, programs, and services and introduce them to specific areas of the museum profession.

The museum currently offers academic year and summer internships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining practical museum experience and who have a strong interest in a museum career. Undergraduates must have completed their sophomore year to apply. The candidates relevant study or experience will determine placement. First-choice placement will be made when possible, but candidates should also indicate a second and third department/office placement preference. Museum staff review application materials and finalists are contacted for interviews.

The number of hours varies depending on whether students are receiving academic credit from their schools for the internship. A minimum of 8- to 12-hour commitments per week is expected during the fall and spring semesters. No stipends are provided.

Fall semester: Jul 1
Spring semester: Nov 15
Summer semester: Mar 15

[See detailed information on application at]

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Cleveland Museum of Art

[from CMA, 10/22/14]

Assistant Curator of Asian Art

The museum's Asian Art department seeks applications for the position of Assistant Curator of Asian Art with a specialty in the field of Korean art or ancient Chinese art and archaeology. Working under the direction of the curator of the relevant collection, the assistant curator will be charged with conducting research for the interpretation, display, and publication of the museum's important holdings, developing gallery rotations, and assisting in the development of exhibitions, collections, donor relations, and community engagement in the field of specialization. The candidate should possess demonstrated expertise and language capabilities in the relevant field, a broad familiarity with museum practices, excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, and a willingness to serve diverse public constituencies.

M.A. in Asian art history required; Ph.D. or ABD preferred.

Applications, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and names of three references, should be submitted by November 15, 2014.

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University of San Francisco

[courtesy of C. Towler; USF, 10/10/14]

Assistant Professor of Asian Art History, Tenure-Track
Requisition Number: 2013-0124Faculty
Job Location: Hilltop Campus
Job Type: Full-Time
Union Type: USFFA
Travel: No Travel

The Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of Asian art history, to begin August 2015. We seek candidates whose research examines the history of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian or South Asian art, who are conversant with the global intersections of art and who ideally possess museum experience.

Teaching responsibilities include introductory Asian Art survey classes and undergraduate seminars on topics in Asian art history, as well as survey classes in the history of Western art. Pending experience, the successful candidate may also occasionally teach graduate seminars in Museum Studies. The teaching requirement is two classes per semester with a third class every fourth semester (2-2-2-3 over two years). There will also be regular, undergraduate advising responsibilities.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Art History with an emphasis in Asian Art at the time of appointment, and a strong record of excellence in research and teaching of Asian Art. Some museum experience is preferable but not required. The successful candidate will be expected to play an important role both within the Department that includes Bachelor of Arts programs in art history, architecture, design, and fine arts and a Master of Arts program in Museum Studies, and within the College of Arts and Sciences overall (which includes programs in Asian Studies and a Center for Asia Pacific Studies). The candidate must also demonstrate a willingness to work in a culturally diverse environment and an understanding of, and commitment to, support the mission of the University.

Applicants should digitally submit their application at The required documents are: letter of application outlining current and future research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference. All must be in PDF format. Applications must be received by December 1, 2014. Finalists will be asked to submit a writing sample and dossier. We will interview a short list of candidates at CAA in New York in mid-February. Please direct inquiries to:

Job Close Date: [1 December 2014].

The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individual's race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

[from CAA, 8/12/14]

Historian of Modern and Contemporary Art in East Asia or Middle East (Open Rank)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) seeks a scholar of art produced in the context of East Asia or the Middle East during the late 19th, 20th, or 21st centuries. Starting in August 2015, this tenure-track or tenured, full-time faculty position will contribute to the global perspective of the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Preference will be given to candidates whose research is in dialogue with international or trans-geographic networks, is engaged with current debates in the discipline of art history, and is conversant with issues in contemporary art.

The ideal applicant will contribute a distinct and creative approach that does not duplicate the existing strengths of a department of fourteen full-time art historians specializing in modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design. The successful candidate will join a department committed to an active research culture and excellence in teaching, while playing an important role in the dedicated degree programs in modern and contemporary art history that the department offers at both the MA and BA level.

The Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, one of 23 departments at the school, is chaired by a full-time faculty member. Fourteen full-time faculty and 50 part-time faculty offer over 200 courses each year to undergraduate and graduate students, including 30 dedicated MA students in Modern and Contemporary Art History. In addition, it houses its own undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Art History.

The successful candidate will be an active participant in the education of studio artists, curators, writers, architects, and arts professionals at the MFA, MA, and BFA levels; will lead graduate seminars and direct master's theses in Art History, teach undergraduate students in the BFA program in lecture classes, be a core faculty member for the Bachelor of Arts in Art History; and will contribute to the vibrant and creative culture of a research-oriented department in a prestigious art and design school. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to research, publication, and outstanding teaching.

Ph.D. is required, with some teaching experience preferred. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality and output of scholarship, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

Application site open on September 8. By or before Monday, December 15, 2014, please submit an application and required materials at You will create an account before completing the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. Applicants can save and continue to work on the application until the final submission. Once an application is begun, there is a grace period for additions or revisions. No late applications may be submitted for any reason. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged for the application process.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: a cover letter stating interests and qualifications; curriculum vitae; and writing samples (combined maximum of 30 pages).

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MOCA Shanghai


[from MOCA Shanghai, 10/23/11]

Internships are offered during the whole year. Internship projects are based on MOCA Shanghai needs and requirements and assigned to interns with the appropriate interests, skills and experience.

Objectives: To provide an opportunity for university students to gain practical experience of museology and familiarity with the development of contemporary art. Interns learn together in a creative atmosphere and acquaint themselves with the life and culture of Shanghai. Interns will involve in the daily operation of the museum, assisting in administrative matters as well as exhibition installation, marketing and communication and educational programs. Interns have the opportunity to carry out independent research or study programs.

Museum Departments: The following are brief descriptions of the departments that offer internships at MOCA Shanghai. Please list your three departmental choices on the space provided in the application form. We look closely at this information to best match an interns skills and experience with departmental needs. If you are accepted, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the department of your first choice.

Duration: Minimum two months, maximum six months. Internships begin on the first of the month and end on the last day of each month.
Required Commitment: 30 hours per week minimum.
Eligibility: University students (third and fourth year), graduate students, international students, and beginning professionals may apply.

Application Procedure: The completed application form, a curriculum vitae, two letters of reference and university transcripts (if applicable) should be mailed together to the MOCA Shanghai Internship Officer at the address listed below. Please note that you have to specify the time of the year you are applying for, and that your application will be considered for that period of time only. Download application form from

Professional Internships

[from MOCA Shanghai, 10/23/11]

Limited Professional Internship with stipend opportunities are available to qualified university graduates and young professionals interested in pursuing a museum career whose academic and/or professional experience combines art history with one or more of the following areas: museum studies, arts management or related studies. Professional Internship projects are based on MOCA Shanghai needs and requirements. The objectives include:

Museum Departments: The following are brief descriptions of the departments that offer Professional Internships at MOCA Shanghai. Please list your departmental choice on the space provided in the application form.

Duration: Minimum two months, maximum six months. Internships begin on the first of the month and end on the last day of each month.
Required Commitment: Full-time, five days per week (40 hrs per week).
Eligibility: Recent graduates of bachelors and masters degree programs in Museum Studies, Arts Management or related studies, and young professionals.

Application Procedure: The completed application form, a curriculum vitae, two letters of reference and university transcripts (if applicable) should be mailed together to the MOCA Shanghai Internship Officer at the address listed below. Please note that you have to specify the time of the year you are applying for, and that your application will be considered for that period of time only. Download application form.

Internship Officer
MOCA Shanghai
Peoples Park
231 Nanjing West Road
Shanghai 200003
tel +86 21 6327 9900
fax +86 21 6327 1257

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Dissertation Reviews

[from H-ASIA, 4/24/14]

Field Editor in Asian Art History

Dissertation Reviews is your window to recently defended and unpublished dissertations, as well as articles on archives, libraries, and collections around the world. Each review provides a summary of the author's main arguments, the particular scholarly conversation in which s/he is engaging, and the main source bases for the research. By focusing on the window of time between dissertation defense and first book publication, our goal is to offer scholars a glimpse of the immediate present of each field. Such awareness, we feel, leads to more dynamic, informed, collegial, and innovative scholarly communities.

We are looking for a dynamic, early-career scholar to join our team in the position of Field Editor for the popular series Asian Art History Dissertation Reviews. As a Field Editor, you would collaborate closely with the editorial staff to develop our Asian Art History series. Specifically, you would:
- Work with editorial staff to learn about recently defended dissertations in your field
- Liaise with dissertation authors and reviewers in your field
- Draw upon and expand your knowledge of the field in order to pair dissertations with appropriate reviewers
- Act as the public face of Dissertation Reviews within your field/discipline/area
- Collaborate with your fellow Dissertation Reviews editors in other fields to help continually improve and enhance the overall project

All early-career faculty, post-doc, and advanced Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences are eligible to apply. As the the ideal candidate, you are:
- Committed to the development of ever more dynamic, collegial, and innovative scholarly communities
- Enthused by the idea of becoming more informed about current, cutting-edge research in your field
- Responsible and reliable
- A professional, consistent communicator
- An active member of your field's scholarly networks (i.e., conferences, listservs, etc.)

Please e-mail us at with following items:
- Brief Statement addressing (a) how your own background and credentials speak to the eligibility items listed above and (b) your visions for how to build upon and develop the Asian Art History series in the future
- CV (2 pp. or less).

To make the process of developing and managing a branch as smooth and efficient as possible, all Field Editors in the DR team receive robust support from the editorial staff. Please note that all editorial positions at Dissertation Reviews are unpaid.

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Rubin Museum of Art

[from RMA, 6/17/14]

One of the newest museums in New York City, the Rubin Museum of Art is dedicated to creating a dynamic environment that stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the idea, cultures, and art of Himalayan Asia. Now in its tenth year, the Rubin Museum welcomes over 175,000 visitors annually and has 6,000 members. The Rubin Museum's preeminent collection includes works of art from present-day Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Tibetan Plateau. The pace is lively with more than ten changing exhibitions and more than 250 public programs a year.

Assistant Curator/Curator - Himalayan Art
immediate opening

The Rubin Museum has a growing and increasingly distinguished collection of approximately 2,500 works of art from the Himalayan region and surrounding areas. The exhibitions, acquisitions and publications programs are both active and ambitious, and require the dedicated expertise of a diverse and committed curatorial staff, at various professional levels. This full-time position reports directly to the Director of Exhibitions, Collection & Research.

All early-career faculty, post-doc, and advanced Ph.D. students in the tworks (i.e., conferences, listservs, etc.)

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Works closely with the Director, members of the Curatorial staff, and the staff of other departments to select exhibitions to be presented at the Rubin Museum and develop the exhibition schedule. Works to assure that the exhibition themes and ideas set forth are accomplished professionally, with attention to both quality and detail in a timely and efficient manner within budget parameters.
- Conceives, plans, and realizes exhibitions, to the inclusion of object selection, general layout, and object adjacencies within the exhibition, and creates and/or approves all didactic components.
- Develops written interpretive materials for a diverse audience ranging from newcomers to specialists. This includes exhibition catalogues or parts thereof, summaries and object labels, exhibition descriptions for use in publicity and grant proposals, and other interpretative materials such as exhibition brochures, recorded guide scripts, on-line presentations, and scholarly articles.
- With the Director, develops and monitors curatorial budgets, contracts with outside curators and other consultants, and other agreements and administrative documents as necessary.
- Conducts research on collection objects and provides descriptions of objects for purchase and donation, including the identification, transcription and translation of inscriptions.
- Actively participates in building and maintaining factual and interpretive information for use within the collections database and permanent files and assists in the review of all scholarly and curatorial content used on the Rubin Museum website or distributed in any other public form.
- Gives both private and public presentations, conducts collection and exhibition tours, and widely represents the scholarly interests of the Rubin Museum internally and externally.
- Develops and nurtures professional relationships with collectors, dealers, and representatives of other institutions and remains current on curatorial and scholarly topics related to the mission and goals of the Rubin Museum.

- Minimum Education: Advanced ABD in Himalayan/Tibetan art or culture, or equivalent experience. PhD is preferred.
- Three or more years' experience in a curatorial position in an art museum or similar institution, with a demonstrated record of accomplishment, and/or considerable experience in developing and presenting exhibitions of works of art. Preferred.
- General knowledge of Indian and Tibetan art and the cultures of the Himalayas as well as cross-cultural themes, and experience in interpreting this subject matter to a diverse audience of varying levels of interest and understanding.
- Excellent written and spoken English skills and advanced knowledge of Tibetan, Sanskrit, and/or other relevant languages as applicable.
- Ability to work cooperatively and productively with others and as part of a team on multiple tasks.
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel PowerPoint, Outlook).

The Rubin Museum offers a competitive benefits package.

Please provide the following as part of your application:
- Complete resume, including salary history and requirements.
- A cover letter addressing both your interest in the Rubin Museum, and your qualifications for this position.

- Indicate "Assistant Curator/Curator" on the Subject Line of e-mail or in body of cover letter.
- Applications in electronic format preferred, and accepted at
- Mailed applications:
Manager, Human Resources
Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, New York 10011

Curatorial Fellow
available Summer 2014

The Curatorial Fellowship position is for an appointment term of 12 months with the potential for an extension to 24 months.

This position reports to the Exhibitions Manager and Curatorial Administrator.

The fellowship term will provide insight in critical aspects of museum work including exhibitions, collections management, conservation, art handling, education, and publications. Fellows will be expected to participate in the Museum's programmatic and intellectual life during regular staff hours. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Proposing and exploring possible topics with the assigned curatorial supervisor, the incumbent will work on at least one and possibly more exhibitions drawn from RMA collections.
- Giving gallery talks, working on exhibition development, developing presentations upon request and performing curatorial duties for exhibitions as assigned.
- As assigned, assists curators in the accomplishment of a wide variety of curatorial tasks.
- In collaboration with other curatorial staff, develops or further develops, RMA exhibition projects related to the incumbent's areas of specialization.

The best qualified fellowship candidates will have:
- At least an MA, preferably PhD candidate in Himalayan art history, cultural anthropology, museum studies, or equivalent experience.
- Some experience within the curatorial area of an art museum or research institution.
- Familiarity with exhibition development processes.

- A salary of $40,000 is offered.
- 20% of work time will be made available for the fellow to pursue research topics of his/her own choosing.
- Competitive and attractive benefits package.

Please provide the following as part of your application:
- Complete resume along with a cover letter addressing both your interest in the Rubin Museum and your qualifications for this position. No generic statements please.

- Indicate " Curatorial Fellow, Himalayan Art" on the Subject Line of e-mail or in body of cover letter.

Curatorial Assistant
immediate opening

The Curatorial Assistant will provide overall administrative support to the Curatorial department. This position requires a highly motivated, detail oriented individual who strives for excellence in a dynamic museum environment.

This position reports to the Exhibitions Manager and Curatorial Administrator.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Provides administrative assistance to all curators.
- Serves as liaison for institutional and private lenders by communicating with and arranging loans, including but not limited to: drafting, finalizing and mailing loan letters and forms; maintaining accurate records of all loans and lenders for each exhibition; and following-up with all lenders.
- Creates checklists for exhibitions, and provides administrative support for the Art Information Management System (AIMS), including updating old checklists.
- Organizes collections accesses for guest curators with the Collections Management department and sets up collections accesses at other institutions.
- Assists with creating PowerPoint and other presentations for guest and in-house curators.
- Handles and responds to general inquiries.
- Assists with curatorial hosted special events such as the lenders dinners (reservations, invites, seating charts, set-up); and exhibition related talks.
- Assists with researching and making travel arrangements including but not limited to hotel and flight reservations for all staff and guest curators.
- Assists with the preparation of accurate expense reports for curators and guest curator(s) travel for submission and reimbursement to the accounting department.
- Organizes and maintains curatorial department's contacts and files.
- Coordinates the administration of art acquisition acquisitions/inquiries–sale or donation
- Handles requests to view objects in the collection with Collections Management
- Acts as contact for collection-based inquiries, including needs from the Collection Management dept.
- Remains familiar with curatorial and scholarly topics related to the mission and goals of the museum.
- Oversee the Library including but not limited to returning books to shelves, ordering new books, cataloguing and general maintenance of the library and its organization.
- Performs additional duties as requested.

- Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 2 to 3 years of related experience. Master's preferred.
- Excellent organizational skills required.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.)
- Database experience preferred.
- Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop software application required.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Must have excellent administrative and general office skills.
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
- S/he must be able to handle sensitive information with discretion and integrity.
- Interest in the cultural regions of the Himalayas and greater Asia a plus.

The Rubin Museum offers a competitive benefits package.

Please provide the following as part of your application:
- Complete resume, including salary history and requirements.
- A cover letter addressing both your interest in the Rubin Museum, and your qualifications for this position.

- Indicate "Curatorial Assistant" on the Subject Line of e-mail or in body of cover letter.

Applications in electronic format preferred, and accepted at Mailed applications [to]:
Manager, Human Resources
Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, New York 10011

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University of Utah

[from ACClist, 7/8/14]

Visiting Assistant Position in Art History

Position Description: One-year full-time visiting appointment with specialization in any area of the history of European, American, or Asian art and visual culture. Teach five courses during the acadmic year to include sections of "Introduction to the History of Art" and upper division courses in candidate's area of specialization. We are especially interested in candidates able to teach courses in modern and contemporary art. Salary is competitive and includes benefits. For further information on the Art History Program please visit our website at

Qualifications: PhD in art history preferred; ABD considered. We particularly encourage applications from candidates whose research and teaching demonstrate critical and theoretical innovation, as well as an interest in interdisciplinarity, material culture, race and identities, or cultural studies.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application addressing teaching philosophy, relevant course syllabi (if available) and CV with names and contact information of referees to:

Chair, Visiting Art Historian Search
Department of Art and Art History
University of Utah
375 S 1530 E RM 161
Salt Lake City, UT 4112-0380.

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Employer Information: The University of Utah is a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive public institution, which supports faculty excellence [in] research. The University is an AA/OE employer and encourages applications from women and minorities, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of appicants and employees. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Our department is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and students.

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Thomas & Associates, Inc.

[from ACClist, 7/8/14]

Dear Colleagues,
We are currently filling the following position for an auction house client. If you have contacts who may be interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please have them contact myself or David Griffin, our Senior Associate, as soon as possible.
Geri Thomas,

Specialist, Traditional Asian Art, Auction House, New York City

For our New York City-based international auction house client we are seeking an Asian Art Specialist. Working with the executive team, the successful candidate will develop and oversee all aspects of an innovative sales program and schedule of auctions for traditional Asian Art. Duties include: source property for sale; create and develop long-term client relationships; identify and generate new sources of business; price, authenticate, evaluate and vet a high volume of Asian Art; manage existing client accounts and provide excellent services and support; work with marketing, administration and other sales staff to determine and meet company and client goals; other duties as necessary. Detailed knowledge of the international Asian Art market with, a developed client list and the ability to manage a high volume of material and multiple auctions every quarter are essential. An excellent position for a proactive, client-oriented professional with the proven ability to perform in a highly competitive market. The ideal applicant will have a BA in Art History or related discipline; a minimum of 5 - 8 years' experience in an auction house or art gallery with proven sales history; and exceptional communications, networking and organizational skills. Highly competitive salary DOE and excellent benefits. Please send a resume, detailed cover letter and contact information for three references to

Thomas & Associates, Inc.
6 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
tel (212) 779-7059, (212)779-7059
fax (212) 779-7096

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