Chair, Department of Design (F015)

Job description

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

Position Title: Chair, Department of Design

Position Tracking Number: F015

School/College: School of Visual and Performing Arts, College of Music and the Arts

Department: Department of Design

Location: Azusa Campus


The Azusa Pacific University College of Music and the Arts invites applicants for the position of Founding Chair, Department of Design, appointment to begin July 1, 2018.

In Fall 2018, the Department of Art and Design within the College of Music and the Arts (CMA) at Azusa Pacific University (APU) will be becoming two collaborative departments: a Department of Design and a Department of Visual Art. CMA is conducting a national search for the founding Department Chair of the new Department of Design. As of Fall 2018, the department will have five full-time faculty managing a Bachelor of Arts in Design, a new Master of Arts in User Experience Design, and a new Master of Arts in Web Design.


The Chair provides leadership in the department in the areas of curricular development, research, faculty engagement, student development, fiscal management, and external affairs. The Chair reports to the Dean, and works in collaboration on faculty recruitment and development; program assessment and curriculum development; student recruitment and retention; fiscal development; budget management; and provide support and oversight for faith integration across the curriculum.

Applicants should present evidence of teaching excellence and active scholarship and participation in the fields of design. It is anticipated the applicant will demonstrate leadership experience, preferably in an academic department or other administrative experience, inspiring collaboration and community. Applicants should articulate a vision for rigorous curriculum with a focus on preparing students to succeed professionally and to be technically, aesthetically, and creatively prepared to innovate in these critical areas.

Qualifications: MFA in Design, MDes, or other related terminal degree. The candidate must be committed to the educational mission and Christian orientation of the university.

Preferred Qualification - Experience, Education, Knowledge and Skills

The preferred candidate has experience in one or more areas in the field of design:

  1. Record of professional accomplishments.
  2. Prior teaching experience at the college or university level.
  3. Experience with curricular development.
  4. Excellent communication skills
  5. Demonstrated commitment engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the academy.
  6. Entrepreneurial development or "Start Up" experience.

Rank: Commensurate with experience

Hire Date: Open until filled.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
  • Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Additional Information:

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at, to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.




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Job No: F015
Posted: 6/11/2018
Application Due: 8/10/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable