Dept Chair/Div Head

Denton, TX
Apr 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Studio (136300)

College of Visual Arts and Design

Dept Chair/Div Head

Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Chair provides leadership for the Studio Art Department and is responsible for the vision of its academic endeavors and the advancement of excellence in research and creative activity, teaching, and service across all programs in the department: Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Fibers, Metalsmithing and Jewelry, New Media Art, Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture. The Chair manages fiscal and personnel issues, represents the department to internal and external constituencies, and actively participates in fundraising initiatives. The Chair will teach one class each semester.

The Chair reports to the Dean and works closely with CVAD's Associate Deans, the other CVAD Department Chairs, and Studio Art Department program coordinators. The Chair will support the University's commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access in all academic and personnel matters. The Chair will adhere to and foster the highest standards of ethical conduct, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, diversity, appropriate financial oversights and controls, as well as safety, security, and confidentiality precautions related to the position.

The ideal candidate will bring visionary thinking, a passion for art, and the highest standards of creative and scholarly excellence to the position. Evidence of professional and progressive leadership within an institution or organization, excellent management and mentoring skills, and the proven ability to manage a large and varied studio art department is essential. These attributes may be demonstrated through a track record as an artist, practitioner, teacher, researcher, and/or administrator.

The Department of Studio Art is housed in the NASAD-accredited College of Visual Arts and Design in the Carnegie Tier 1 Research University of North Texas. We are seeking a leader who will advocate for the role of the department's active and committed studio art faculty within the context of a research university. The Studio Art Chair will work to foster the development of the next generation of studio artists in a department that seeks to encourage the integration of artistic disciplines. A viable candidate embraces a consultative approach toward decision-making, is forward thinking regarding new technologies, and is active in cultivating new donors and economic resources.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Minimum Qualifications:
MFA or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum ten-years college-level teaching experience and five-years administrative experience. The successful candidate must provide evidence of on-going research, scholarly or creative activities and experience sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of Professor, regardless of current rank.

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated ability to forge strong relationships and connections with the creative community at the local, regional, national, and international level.

Position Type:
Faculty Administrator

Tenure Status:
Tenure Track

Appointment Basis:
12 Months

Pay Frequency:

Non-Tenured Appointment Term:
No Response

Closing Date:
Open Until Search Closed

Review of Applications Begins:

Required Applicant Documents:
Curriculum Vita
Cover Letter
List of Names and Contact Information of Five References

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants are instructed to submit 15-20 examples of previous/current work via our SlideRoom portal at


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