School of Art: Director

Edinburg, Texas
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Feb 10, 2018
Faculty Jobs
Arts & Humanities
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is seeking applicants for the Director of the School of Art for a fulltime position to start Fall 2018. The College of Fine Arts at UTRGV invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Art. The ideal candidate will combine an established record of academic and creative achievement with demonstrated administrative skills to serve as a leader in this School. He/she should also possess a willingness to chart a new strategic direction for the school in the next 3 to 5 years and engage in curriculum planning and graduate program development. The successful candidate for Director will promote excellence in School programs within the university, serve as an active member of the arts community, and mentor faculty in the School of Art.

We seek qualified and experienced professionals to join a school of scholars and artists in a region of the United States with a rapidly growing population and a prominent Hispanic demographic. The UTRGV School of Art has 527 majors, 115 minors and 36 graduate students enrolled in the areas of studio art, graphic design, art history, and art education. The faculty is composed of 8 tenured faculty, 7 tenure track faculty, and 15 lecturers. The successful candidate for the Director of the School of Art will provide the vision, leadership, and institutional guidance necessary to maintain the high quality of expectation for a moderate size School of Art.

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and to advance UTRGV’s guiding principles ( as one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving emerging research institutions in the U.S.A.

Minimum Qualifications:  The successful candidate must possess a terminal degree (MFA, PhD or EdD) from an accredited institution in studio art, design, art history and/or art education. He/she must also possess at least 3 years of substantial administrative experience in a department of the above disciplines. Also required is a demonstrated and active record of scholarly and/or creative achievement on a national and/or international level respective to the candidates’ discipline.

Discipline Specific: 

The successful candidate should also show a demonstrated capacity to contribute to the scholarly and creative life of the School of Art at UTRGV. Below are the discipline specific expectations of a candidate for the Director:

If the candidate has a Graphic Design background: he/she should have an advanced working knowledge of the leading technology and software in the field and have a fluency in new media tools and digital skills. Evidence of innovative professional achievement and an active practice of exhibiting is essential at the national and international level. The candidate should also show activity in creating inter-disciplinary digital projects for both undergraduate and graduate students. Experience in illustration and/or sequential narrative imaging is a plus.

If the candidate is from the field of Art History, he/she should have a substantial record of publication in this discipline, as well as demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentorship. The successful candidate will be expected to offer administrative support for the emerging MA program in Art History, Latin American certificate in Art History, and Museum Studies Program to help train our graduate students to work in academic fields and be accepted into competitive PhD programs nationwide.

If the candidate has a background in a Studio discipline, he/she should possess a demonstrated, recognized studio practice and a substantial record of exhibition at the national and/or international level relative to one or more creative visual disciplines. The UTRGV School of Art currently supports concentrations in multiple studio areas including painting and drawing, printmaking, photography, jewelry and metals, ceramics and sculpture. Within the 3-D areas there are rapid prototype and 3-D printing capacities as well as a working foundry.

If the candidate has an Art Education specialization, he/she should demonstrate a record of national and/or international scholarly and artistic achievements with the understanding that pedagogy in the field has both creative, practical, and scholarly applications. The successful candidate will be expected to assist in developing a graduate program in this discipline and play a role in the competitive placement of our graduating teachers in school districts. The position can also serve as a liaison between the College of Education and School of Art. Evidence of demonstrated K-12 teaching experience in Art is a plus.

Evidence of awards in national and/or international grants in any of the above disciplines is also preferred. The committee understands that the scholarly, creative and professional activities listed above will be aligned with the administrative responsibilities of the director position. Evidence of the appreciation of how all the above listed disciplines interact and complement one another in an academic environment is preferred as well.

Preferred Qualifications: 

The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking leader with the demonstrated ability to develop a nationally competitive School of Art and cultivate an environment conducive to growth.

Other preferred qualifications include:
• A proven track record as a qualified administrator
• Demonstrated experience with recruitment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
• Demonstrated experience in development of new degree plans and graduate program
• Minimum of 6+ years of experience teaching full-time in an institution of higher education
• Experience working with graduate students and part time faculty
• A commitment to promoting excellence in research, art practice, and teaching across the undergraduate and graduate programs
• Ability to contribute to UTRGV’s bilingual, biliterate and bicultural mission.

Salary:  Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Desired Start Date:  9/1/2018

EEO Statement:  UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Diversity Statement
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Open date:  12/8/2017

Close Date 3/3/2018
Additional Information: 

UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Special Instruction to Applicants: 

Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

*Date of Birth
*Social Security Number

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

All applicants will need to apply on line:
All required documents must be uploaded on line to be considered for this position:

Required Documents:
UTRGV Application
Curriculum Vitae
Letter of Interest
List of 3 References
Letter of Interest
Unofficial Transcripts (Once hired, all official transcripts are required)

Optional Documents:  Other Document: If in the field of studio art or design, applicant’s artist website address, 20 images of personal work, and 20 images of student work with accompanying image lists (72dpi, jpgs, 1000 px tall/wide) —provide URLs to online video files if necessary.

Additional Documents: If a PhD in art history or EdD in art education, Include two examples of publications or book chapter excerpts.

Please note:  Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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