Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Architectural History

The History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track position in Modern and Contemporary Architecture.  We seek an innovative scholar-teacher engaged in high-impact research and having wide-ranging interests in the histories of architecture 1800 to the present with a geographic specialization that complements both the expertise of our faculty and Penn’s offerings in architectural history and theory more broadly.  Penn’s Weitzman School of Design hosts strong graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture and related fields, and the successful candidate will work to deepen and extend the History of Art Department’s active collaboration with those programs.  Candidates with expertise that enhances the diversity of the field are especially encouraged to apply.

The History of Art Department is housed within Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, which comprises 28 academic departments, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate Division, and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies.  Interdisciplinary research and collaboration are supported by the breadth and depth of academic pursuits at Penn as well as the proximity of resources on our contiguous green urban campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  We promote and encourage curiosity, intellectual engagement, and discovery among all our students and faculty.  University, School, and departmental resources that support our efforts include but are not limited to: the Offices of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Vice Provost for Research, PennGlobal, Wellness at Penn, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Penn Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and Penn Human Resources.

We seek candidates who share our strong commitment to research, teaching and mentoring, and to a scholarly community shaped by values of inclusive excellence.  The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania is committed to cultivating and sustaining a community of students, scholars, researchers, and staff that reflects the diversity of the world.  We nurture working and learning environments that are affirming, equitable, and inclusive. As a community, we are committed to thoughtful discussions and dynamic interactions as we strive for an environment where everyone is supported and valued.  Please see our School’s Inclusion and Antiracism Initiatives to learn more about our active priorities:


  • Strong evidence of significant scholarship
  • Capacity for effective teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and mentoring and supporting a diverse student body
  • The ability to direct graduate and undergraduate research
  • Candidates are expected to have a PhD degree by the time of appointment, which is July 1, 2024.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate architecture major in the College of Arts and Sciences and to collaborate with the graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture in Penn’s Weitzman School of Design.

Application instructions/Required Documents:

  • Please provide the following application materials:
    • Cover letter
    • CV
    • Writing sample of 25 to 35 double-spaced pages
    • Two sample syllabi: one undergraduate course and one graduate course
    • Contact information for three recommenders willing to write on your behalf; for short-listed candidates, recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter to the website
  • Review of applications will begin on Nov. 13, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.
  • Please contact Libby Saylor [] with questions regarding the application process

Committee chair/members:

  • Michael Leja, Search Committee Chair,
  • Huey Copeland
  • Annette Fierro
  • Shannon Mattern

To apply: CLICK HERE