Lecturer in Art History (Part-time)


South Kensington, London

Role Outline

Boston University Study Abroad London is seeking a lecturer to teach a popular elective course in Art History in the Spring 2024 Internship Programme for American study abroad students. Starting from Monday 15th January, teaching sessions are scheduled for five weeks on Mondays and Tuesdays (9am-1pm or 1.15-5.15pm) amounting to 40 in-person contact hours in total and final exam coverage for the course, which concludes on Wednesday 14th February. This is a temporary appointment with the potential to be renewed for future semesters.

See www.bu.edu/abroad/programs/london-internship-program for details on BU Study Abroad London.

Exploring Art and Society in London: The Value of Art

What is the value of art? Art has many values: aesthetic, commercial, social and personal, and our response to any of its values depends our own culture, education and life experience. Is art necessary?

The aim of this course is to examine these and other topics whose common focus is the relationship between art and society. Students will look in depth at a selected number of works of art across a wide range, and make site visits to selected London museums, galleries and commercial organisations. One of the purposes of the course will be to ask how best to reach out to the vast non-specialist audience who visit museums and galleries, and to examine what it is that seems to make experiencing art a necessity for that audience, and to ask why certain works of art can fetch such high prices today. Students will engage in the first-hand scrutiny of works of art, make case studies, and visit museums and galleries in order to explore art and perception; art and national identity; art and morality; art and money. In the classroom students will study in detail a selected number of works of art which can be seen in London, and in the follow-up field trips they will explore these works further in situ, as well analyse and assess the museums and institutions where they now reside.

Required Skills

The successful candidate will be a highly competent lecturer, with significant teaching experience in Art History.

They will hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, preferably a PhD. Applicants should demonstrate excellent cross-cultural communication skills and significant experience in teaching undergraduate students, preferably including experience teaching American & international students.

To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter to BU London Recruitment via the above ‘Apply’ button. Your letter must explain concisely your suitability for the role in terms of your teaching expertise.

Review of applications will begin immediately, with a closing date of Wednesday 22nd November. Initial interviews are expected to be held from the week commencing Monday 27th November.

Candidates must have the unrestricted right to work in the UK.

Boston University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. 

Job Location

South Kensington, London, UK.

Salary: A competitive fee is paid per course taught.

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