Application deadline:

December 1, 2023

Professorship in Ancient Near Eastern Art

United States

The Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures, West Asia & North Africa and the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago invite applications for a Professorship in Ancient Near Eastern Art, with appointment beginning July 1, 2024, or July 1, 2025.  

The successful hire will be appointed at the rank of Professor and will be expected to carry out an innovative and ambitious program of research and publications; to contribute to the intellectual community of the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures, the Art History department, and the University; to teach courses on the art history of the ancient Near East as well as related thematic or methodological courses of their choice and courses in the University’s undergraduate Core Curriculum; and to supervise B.A. and M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations.

The department welcomes applications from specialists in the art and architecture of the ancient Near East, broadly defined as the region of West Asia and North Africa from prehistory to the arrival of Islam. The successful applicant will have a record of publication in leading venues in the field and of other distinguished scholarly accomplishments and will be an excellent teacher in their field. A PhD or equivalent degree in a field related to the search is required.

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, please submit an application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment site at Applications must include:

·       a cover letter outlining current and future research plans,
·       a curriculum vitae, and
·       two article-length writing samples.  

Only complete applications can be considered. Additional materials may be solicited from shortlisted candidates. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled or the posting is closed.

This position is contingent on final budgetary approval. Inquiries should be sent via email to with the subject heading “Ancient Near Eastern art history search.”

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email with their request.

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