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Position in Medieval Art: Information for Applicants

Andrew W Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History

Position in Medieval Art: Information for ApplicantsBowdoin College is accepting applications for a one-year appointment as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the field of Medieval Art History. Open to scholars specializing in any subfield within Medieval art, broadly construed. The Fellow will have a 2-1 teaching load in the 2013-14 academic year. Teaching duties will consist of two different intermediate-level lecture classes on the art of the Middle Ages and one seminar on a topic connected to the Fellow’s expertise or research interests. 

Located in Brunswick, on the coast of Maine, Bowdoin College is close to Portland, Maine’s largest city and its cultural hub, and easily accessible via bus and train to Boston and train and air to New York City. Bowdoin offers abundant opportunity for intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary engagement. The recently-renovated Bowdoin College Museum of Art serves as a center for intellectual and cultural activity. Housing one of the oldest, largest (over 20,000 objects) and most wide-ranging college art collections in North America, the museum hosts several significant exhibitions each year and offers excellent opportunities for teaching directly from objects.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $50,000 plus benefits, as well as a $5,000 research and professional travel fund.  Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2011.  Candidates who expect their Ph.D. by June 30, 2013 should provide documentation from their home institution confirming this schedule.  Applicants must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Applications should consist of a completed application profile, cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample (maximum 25 pages), the names of three referees and proof of Ph.D. or letter substantiating that all degree requirements have been met.  Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to apply.

Review of applications will begin January 2, 2013.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows at Bowdoin enjoy a “2-1” teaching load – meaning that they will teach two courses in one semester, and only one in the other semester. Linda Docherty Teaching - Art History - Bowdoin CollegeThe Mellon Fellow will teach two intermediate (“200-level”) offerings in his or her individual areas of expertise, broadly defined; these courses are capped at 35 students. The Mellon Fellow will also offer an advanced seminar, with enrollment capped at 12 students, on a topic of his or her choosing. Often individual faculty members use this course as an opportunity to explore a topic that is closely related to their current research interests. The Fellow may also play a small role in our team-taught introductory course (ARTH 100: Introduction to Art History). The course is designed to offer a representative introduction to the discipline of Art History and to our department; the Mellon Fellow may be asked to offer one or two lectures in this class.

Our students are talented, bright, and diverse. In terms of its admissions requirements, Bowdoin is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Many Bowdoin students are particularly interested in the arts, and a lively student organization is specifically dedicated to working with the Art Museum. The College has a need-blind admissions policy, allowing it to admit students without regard to their financial resources, and offering generous support for students from less-privileged backgrounds; it is also a “no loans” school, meaning that all of its financial aid is in the form of grants. Our Admissions Office also engages in an energetic outreach program that seeks future Bowdoin students in high schools across the country. These efforts have allowed Bowdoin to achieve significant levels of racial, religious, economic, and geographic diversity, further contributing to the intellectual and cultural vitality of our student population. Not surprisingly given their talents, our students generally do very well in their post-college lives, and many have achieved noteworthy success in the art world.

Many Bowdoin students are particularly interested in the arts.One of the great benefits of teaching at Bowdoin is the opportunity for collaboration with students and colleagues across the campus. Many of our courses are cross-listed in other departments or programs, and they draw students from a wide variety of majors. Our relatively small campus setting affords numerous occasions to engage with faculty in other disciplines - encounters that enrich our teaching, our research, and our general intellectual lives. The College offers many further possibilities for such intellectual nourishment, for instance by providing considerable opportunities to fund outside lecturers.

Bowdoin College Museum of ArtThe recently-renovated Bowdoin College Museum of Art provides yet another venue for intellectual and cultural activity. Housing a collection whose core objects arrived the College in 1811, the Museum is one of the oldest, largest (over 20,000 objects) and most wide-ranging college art collections in North America. Each year the Museum hosts a number of significant exhibitions. Taken together, the major exhibitions and the wealth of the Museum's permanent collection offer countless opportunities for teaching directly from objects. The Museum’s medieval holdings are, not surprisingly, not deep, but the collection does include a lovely head of a king from the jubé of Chartres cathedral and an early fourteenth-century ivory diptych. The Library’s Department of Special Collections also houses a nice teaching collection of medieval manuscripts.

Beam Classroom - Art History - Bowdoin CollegeResearch and teaching are equally valued at Bowdoin and faculty are expected to excel at both. We all have active and productive research agendas. Bowdoin provides substantial annual funds for faculty travel as well as competitive funds for research, travel and course development. The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will have access to all of those sources of funding.


The Location

Bowdoin is located on a beautiful 110-acre campus in Brunswick, Maine, a town of 20,000 that serves as the gateway to the mid-coast region. Brunswick features a welcoming environment for raising families, as well as an array of cultural resources, including galleries, theaters, independent bookstores and restaurants. Several other colleges are nearby (Bates, Colby, and the University of Southern Maine), adding to the region's cultural offerings. The area is also known for its great natural beauty, with beaches, shoreline, forests, and mountains a short drive (or in some cases even a short bike ride) away.

Bowdoin College QuadOne-half hour south is Portland, Maine, the state's largest metropolis (75,000) and its cultural mecca. Portland is a lively city with theatre companies, art galleries, bookstores, a symphony, and an art museum . It has also achieved widespread recognition as a home of talented chefs, and features an astonishing array of restaurants serving an equally broad range of cuisine.

Boston is a relatively easy day trip away, and can be reached by car or bus from Brunswick in roughly two and a half hours. Amtrak has just extended their "Downeaster" train service to Brunswick, offering yet another very convenient form of access to Boston. The station from which these trains will depart is an easy walk from the center of Bowdoin's campus.

For trips somewhat farther afield, we generally make use of the Portland Jetport, which has direct flights to many northeastern and mid Atlantic states. New York City is particularly well-served, with numerous flight options to all three of the city's airports. 

A highly selective liberal arts college with a diverse student body made up of 30% students of color, 4% International students and approximately 15% first generation college students, Bowdoin College is committed to equality and diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.  We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural, socio-economic, and ethnic diversity of our college. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.