Chairperson (Full Professor with Tenure)

Newark, DE
Apr 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Delaware

University of Delaware: College of Arts & Sciences: Art and Design
Location: Newark, DE

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware seeks a dynamic artist and administrator to lead the Department of Art and Design. The Department Chair is tasked with cultivating an environment that fosters creative research, academic excellence, and student success. The ideal candidate is an innovative leader who can bring an interdisciplinary approach to collaborations among faculty with diverse interests, providing visionary leadership and enhancing the overall quality of teaching, research, and service in the department. The successful candidate will likewise provide mentorship for our students and cultivate evolving art and design practices. The Chair supervises faculty and staff, manages budgets, and implements our newly revised curricula in the art and design majors. This position is an opportunity for an original thinker and collaborative leader to continue building a department engaged in critical discussions around the arts, design, technology, and the humanities.

The successful candidate will have a substantial record of work as an artist, designer, and/or scholar along with demonstrated experience leading or coordinating an academic department or discipline. Additionally, applicants should be able to articulate a pedagogical vision. The successful candidate will advocate for our faculty's diverse research and engagement in studio and/or applied practices, and publishing. He or she will also create links with different areas of the university and public communities commensurate with UD's Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification. Desirable candidates will show evidence of attention to cultural diversity in teaching and/or professional practice and proven ability to support the University's commitment to equity.

SALARY: Commensurate with rank and experience

THE UNIVERSITY: From its roots as a private academy in 1743, the University of Delaware today is a research-intensive, technologically advanced university with global impact. The University's location on the Northeast corridor of the United States makes it an ideal place to study art and design. Situated midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore, the campus is about two hours by train/car north to New York City, or south to Washington, D.C. Proximity to so many art and design centers offers access to opportunities and inspiration for students and faculty.

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Art and Design has three undergraduate degree programs: BA, BFA-Fine Arts, and BFA-Visual Communications. Graduate programs include an established MFA in Fine Arts and a new MA in Interaction Design. Many undergraduate students in the department, especially those in the BA program, complete minors and/or secondary majors or degrees in programs all across the university. The department is part of the Arts Portfolio within the College of Arts and Sciences, which also includes Theater and Music. Art and Design Faculty have developed collaborations with non-art departments to share classes and facilities such as state of the art maker-spaces. Department faculty work in collaboration with faculty across the university in a range of disciplines-from engineering and gaming to dance and entrepreneurship.

Please submit all materials listed as separate PDF documents through the University's Interfolio system: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please indicate if you plan to attend the annual CAA conference in your letter of intent. Applications received by February 1, 2017 will receive consideration for conversations at the College Art Association Conference.

The position has an anticipated start date of August 1, 2017. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

DEADLINE: All materials must be submitted by February 28, 2017


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Questions regarding the position may be directed to:

Prof. Russell E. Murray, Jr., Chair

Department of Art and Design Chair Search Committee

Department of Music

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware is one of the nation's oldest institutions of higher education and combines tradition and innovation. The University of Delaware recognizes and values that diversity and inclusion are essential in academic environments, and provide a knowledge base for innovation. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should hold the rank of a terminal degree in the fields of art or design or demonstrate exceptional contributions to the professional practice and show evidence of attention to diversity and inclusion, extensive administrative experience, and skill in generating collaborative creative programs. The candidate will be reviewed for tenure and it is expected that an applicant's research and record of achievement are appropriate to an advanced academic rank in the context of a Research I university. Preference will be given to candidates currently holding the rank of Full-Professor with tenure.

Application Instructions

Applications must include: (1) A Letter of Intent: describing how specific experiences shaped your qualifications for this position and your vision for the role of an art and design education in a global society, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) References: names and contact information of three people who can attest to your leadership experience and/or teaching, (4) List of Featured Creative Projects with a URL link to your full digital portfolio, (i.e. website). Please clearly specify your role(s) if your portfolio includes collaborative projects. You may also include samples of other accomplishments including evidence of exhibitions, conference papers, published writings, commissioned work, etc.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

The University of Delaware does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to:

Susan L. Groff, Ed. D.,
Director, Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator
305 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-3666

For complaints related to Section 504of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, please contact:

Anne L. Jannarone, M.Ed., Ed.S.
Director, Office of Disability Support Services
Alison Hall, Suite 130
ewark, DE 19716
(302) 831-4643

OR contact the U.S. Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights.

The Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act ("DDEA") prohibits discrimination against an applicant or employee based on pregnancy, childbirth, lactation or related conditions. If you believe that you have been subject to pregnancy discrimination or retaliation, please inform a manager as soon as reasonably possible. The University of Delaware is committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and will take prompt action to investigate and remedy the situation, as necessary.

The DDEA also provides for reasonable accommodations of known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions, provided that the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on the university. An employee need not be disabled to request such an accommodation. If you have a known limitation related to pregnancy that impacts your ability to satisfactorily perform the essential duties of your job, please inform your supervisor so that we can promptly begin the process of identifying a reasonable accommodation. Employees are encouraged to request a reasonable accommodation as soon as the need arises and prior to any performance issues. Employees will not be retaliated against for requesting or using a reasonable accommodation.


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