Postdoctoral Instructor in East Asian Art History

Position Description

The Center for the Art of East Asia and the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago has closed the application process for a one-year Postdoctoral Instructor for the academic year 2023-2024.  This position will not be available for the academic year 2024-2025. This post is for a scholar in East Asian Art History who will further his/her own research at the University of Chicago. The holder of this position

1) is required to be in residence,

2) conducts research in a stated field of concentration under the mentorship of a faculty member,

3) participates in regular colloquia and workshops in the Center and Department, and

4) teaches one course each year.

This position is expected to begin at the start of the summer quarter. The position is benefits-eligible and may be extended for an additional year upon satisfactory review. This position is contingent on final budgetary approval.


Applicants must have completed all requirements for receipt of the PhD in Art History or a related field prior to the start of the appointment and must have no more than five years of cumulative experience working in a research university following receipt of the PhD.

Application Instructions

Complete application materials include:

  1. Cover letter detailing research and teaching interests, and detailing progress toward completion of PhD if not in hand
  2. CV
  3. Research project proposal, 3-5 pages maximum
  4. Dissertation abstract and table of contents
  5. Sample dissertation chapter
  6. 1 additional article-length writing sample
  7. Course proposal with ten-week course syllabus and reading list
  8. 3 Letters of recommendation

For questions about this position, please contact Center Administrator (

EEO Statement

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