Director: School of Art and Design

Job description

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State seeks a Director for its School of Art+Design, effective July 1, 2019.


The Director of the School of Art+Design will provide visionary leadership while working collaboratively with the faculty and staff to foster innovative curricula and teaching; strong research and creative activity; and engagement within the university, in the community, and across the professions served by the School.


The successful candidate will meet these qualifications:

  • Hold a relevant terminal degree in one or more of the disciplinary areas of the School of Art+Design or an advanced degree combined with equivalent professional experience that justifies appointment as a full professor with tenure.
  • A high profile record of university-level teaching and research/creative accomplishment or equivalent experience in institutions with national scope.
  • Experience in academic administration or directing an art- or design-related organization or institution, and possess relevant management skills.
  • A record of community engagement and the interpersonal skills and abilities needed to be effective in donor development and fundraising.
  • A broad vision on innovative curricula development and management.
  • A strong commitment to working with diverse student populations.


The Director is the chief administrator of the School and works with faculty, students and support staff in programs offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts and represents the School to both on-campus and off-campus stakeholders. While retaining ultimate fiscal responsibility, the Director supervises and holds accountable the support personnel responsible for departmental budgets and for facilities management; coordinates class schedules and curricula; builds and sustains relationships with alumni and with philanthropic and corporate communities for fundraising; and develops and implements long-term strategic plans in consultation with faculty and staff through shared governance and mutual accountability. The Director will be the person primarily responsible for expressing a vision for the future of the School and guiding the development of curricula and fostering on- and off-campus relationships in order to achieve that vision. The successful candidate will bring professional values that strengthen inclusion, diversity, access, and equity across the broad constituencies served by the School.


In addition to the above qualifications, we invite candidates who share many of the following experiences and interests:

  • A wide cultural frame of reference in the arts and humanities, encompassing art and design, as well as related fields.
  • Successful experience in international / intercultural outreach.
  • Ability to oversee operational staff members whose responsibilities include managing and maintaining varied art and design studios, a digital fabrication laboratory, multiple galleries, and classrooms.
  • Leadership experience in appropriate professional organizations.
  • Experience working with academic budgets and revenue sources.
  • Demonstrable talent in consensus building, visioning, strategic planning, and implementation of related initiatives.
  • Insight into global developments in the fields of art and design, and a vision for curricular development related to contemporary art making, emerging technologies, collaboration, and inclusivity.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the distinct needs of different programs within the School and the ability to foster program strengths and potential to achieve the School’s mission.
  • A commitment to transparency and to shared governance.
  • An understanding of the responsibility of a public university to encourage and to support freedom of expression and academic freedom.


This position represents a faculty appointment with administrative responsibilities and eligible for appointment to the rank of full professor with tenure. The salary will be nationally competitive, based on the successful candidate's qualifications.


Applicants should submit a letter of intent summarizing the candidate’s qualifications (including a statement of leadership philosophy), a full curriculum vita, and names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should apply via Interfolio at Inquiries should be directed to:

Matthew Hebert - Chair, Director Search Committee

School of Art+Design

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-4805

[email protected]

The School of Art+Design is committed to practicing policies of inclusion, diversity, access, and equity in student advising, faculty hiring and mentoring, and the tenure and promotion process. We encourage applicants whose teaching experience and/or research activities demonstrate commitment to working with underrepresented populations and communities.


With more than 1500 faculty and over 36,000 students, San Diego State University is one of the largest universities in the western United States. Located in a large and ethnically diverse metropolitan center bordering Mexico and on the Pacific Rim, the University uses the social, cultural, scientific, and technical resources of this region to enrich its teaching and research programs. SDSU celebrated its centennial in 1997 and currently offers the Bachelor's degree in 95 areas, the Master's degree in 78, and the Doctorate in 22. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university, and a Hispanic-serving institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the 23-campus California State University system. Web site:


The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises 10 diverse departments / schools committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors intended to enhance the human enterprise. The College is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College highly values interdisciplinary studies. Web site:


The School of Art+Design facilitates successful undergraduate and graduate student learning regarding the evolution, theory, and practice of art, design, and art history, preparing future artists to make vital contributions through these disciplines to their immediate communities and the global society. The School offers Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in the visual arts. Students in the School have access to comprehensive studios specifically designed to develop art in a wide range of media. Facilities for specific emphases include: woodworking, ferrous and non-ferrous metalwork, painting, printmaking, ceramics, color and black & white darkrooms, large format digital printing, 3D rapid prototyping, and high-end computing for design, multimedia, and video production. Web site:


Arts Alive SDSU is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff at San Diego State University to engage in the arts as an integral part of a comprehensive education that promotes creative research, interdisciplinary collaboration, professional innovation, and personal enrichment on campus and in the community. Arts Alive works to raise awareness of the vibrant arts programming at SDSU, while increasing attendance at SDSU arts events both on- and off-campus. Arts Alive facilitates collaborations among students and faculty in the arts, humanities, and sciences in courses that apply artistic practices as a mode of critical inquiry. All of this serves to develop a national profile for SDSU as a progressive educational institution, providing arts-based models of interdisciplinary research, community engagement, and program assessment. Web site:

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.




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Posted: 1/22/2019
Application Due: 3/23/2019
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