Chair, Department of Fine Arts

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Salary is competitive and dependent on academic qualifications
Sep 19, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chair, Department of Fine Arts
College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop University

Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for Chair of the Department of Fine Arts within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The ideal candidate currently holds the rank of Associate or full Professor with a record of effective administrative leadership, excellent teaching, productive scholarship, and meaningful professional stewardship.

The Chair serves as a member of the College of Visual and Performing Arts administrative leadership team reporting to the Dean of the College, and works collaboratively with 16 full-time department faculty, plus staff members and Chairs of Design, Theatre and Dance, and Music to develop and implement strategic initiatives, curricula, and policies. This is a 10.5-month tenure-track faculty appointment with a teaching requirement and reassigned time granted for administrative responsibilities.

The ideal candidate has the following qualities and experiences: commitment to the importance of the role of new technologies in the teaching and practice of fine art; the ability to bridge faculty and administrative roles and interests; experience with faculty development that promotes teaching effectiveness and professional, creative, and scholarly activity; academic advising experience; and experience in program assessment, student and course assessment, and NASAD accreditation. Undergraduate degree programs include a B.F.A. with concentrations in General Studio, Ceramics, Jewelry & Metals, Painting, Photography (commercial and fine art), Printmaking, and Sculpture; B.A. in Art Education; B.A. in Art with a required minor; and B.A. in Art History with a required minor. The M.F.A. in Studio Art is also offered.

Chair Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the senior academic and administrative officer for the department
  • Provide strategic and operational direction for the department
  • Manage departmental activities and programs
  • Recruit, mentor, and evaluate full- and part-time faculty members and administrative support personnel
  • Promote the program to internal and external audiences, potential students, potential donors, professional partners, and future employers
  • Develop course schedules for the department
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in areas of expertise
  • Engage in scholarly activity and professional stewardship
  • Serve on the College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean’s Council
  • Develop curriculum in collaboration with faculty
  • Oversee program assessment
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the academic home to approximately 600 undergraduate students majoring in dance, design, fine arts, music and theatre, and approximately 50 graduate students in six graduate programs and one post-baccalaureate certificate program. The College currently has 59 full-time faculty and 50 part-time lecturers, practicing professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Winthrop’s academic programs are nationally accredited by NASAD, NAST, NASD, NASM and CIDA. In addition, Winthrop’s arts education programs (art, music, theatre, and dance) are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

About Winthrop University
Founded in 1886, Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its colleges of Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for Winthrop’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.




Preferred qualifications for the position include:

  • Terminal degree in a discipline within the Department of Fine Arts.
  • Evidence of relevant administrative experience.
  • A record of teaching, scholarship, and professional engagement commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
  • 5-7 years teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively with faculty, students, administrators, staff, and external constituencies.
  • Experience in curricula development.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with and knowledge of assessment.
  • Experience with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
  • Effective supervisory skills.


Application Instructions

Applications should consist of:

  • Letter of application including the candidate’s interest and qualifications for the position, administrative and teaching philosophy.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence, scholarship, and successful administrative experience.
  • Contact information for three professional references.

Do not submit work samples at this time. Applicants who are invited to interview will be asked for examples of professional and student work at a later date, prior to being interviewed. 

Finalists will be asked to provide graduate transcripts.

Application Deadline: January 12, 2018, for full consideration.