Department Chair

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

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Department Chair


UNT-Studio Art-136300


College of Visual Arts and Design

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Department Summary:

The department
The Department of Studio Art is housed in the College of Visual Arts and Design in the Carnegie Tier 1 research, and NASAD-accredited, University of North Texas. We are seeking a leader who advocates for the role of the department’s active and committed studio art faculty within the context of a research university. The Studio Art Chair will work to develop the next generation of studio artists in a department that values both the vibrancy of individual disciplines as well as the integration of artistic practices. A viable candidate embraces a consultative approach toward decision-making, is forward thinking regarding new technologies, and is active in cultivating new donors and economic resources.

The college
Considered one of the leading visual arts and design schools in the nation, UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design is home to more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students in NASAD and CIDA accredited programs including the BA, BFA, MA, and MFA in art education, art history, ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, fashion design, interaction design, interdisciplinary art and design studies, interior design, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and user-experience design, with certification offered in art museum education, and a Ph.D. offered in art education. It includes the Department of Art Education, Department of Art History, Department of Design, Foundations Program, Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Program, and Department of Studio Art.

Faculty are supported by travel, research, and creative project funding from the college and university. Opportunities include those supported by Scholarly and Creative Activity Awards, small grants, and the university’s Institute for the Advancement of the Arts. College faculty enjoy active collaborations with specialized subject matter librarians, opportunities for teaching and research through UNT library special collections, and partnerships with the university’s Center for Learning, Experimentation, Application, and Research.

The UNT Faculty Mentoring Program provides new faculty with support and resources for successful academic careers. UNT is committed to a culture of mentoring excellence in all areas that impact faculty life. Building a network of mentors is foundational to our success and UNT is home to Employee Resource Groups, such as the Black Faculty Network, International Faculty Network, La Colectiva, and the Neurodiversity Professional Network, supported by the university’s Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Offering instruction in Frisco and Dallas as well as at the main Denton campus, the College of Visual Arts and Design also comprises the CVAD Galleries, Texas Fashion Collection, Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design, Gough Design Research Space, and textile and digital fabrication lab facilities that support student work, faculty research, as well as college, university, and broader constituents in recently built and renovated, state-of-the-art facilities.

A nationally and internationally recognized community of faculty provides students with excellent mentors and role models upon which to pattern their careers. The College of Visual Arts and Design is dedicated to creating a climate and curriculum that values, demonstrates, and affirms diversity, equity, and inclusion through its programs and practices. Additional information about the college and university can be found online: and

The university
Established in 1890, University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with over 40,000 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university, and multi-year recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities with more than 10,000 Hispanic students, 6,000 African American students, 3,700 international students, 3,300 Asian/Pacific Islander students, and 500 Indigenous students.

Position Summary:

The Chair provides leadership for the Studio Art Department and is responsible for the vision of its academic endeavors and the advancement of excellence in research and creative activity, teaching, and service across all programs in the department: Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Metalsmithing and Jewelry, New Media Art, Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture. The Chair manages fiscal and personnel issues, leads a robust team of visual art technicians across the departmental programs, represents the department to internal and external constituencies, and actively participates in fundraising initiatives. The Chair will teach one class each semester.

The Chair reports to the Dean and works closely with CVAD’s Associate Deans, the other CVAD Department Chairs, the Foundations Director, and Studio Art Department faculty. The Chair will support the university’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access in all academic and personnel matters.

The ideal candidate will bring visionary thinking, a passion for art, and the highest standards of creative and scholarly excellence to the position. Evidence of professional and progressive leadership within an institution or organization, excellent management and mentoring skills, and the proven ability to manage a large and varied studio art department is essential. These attributes may be demonstrated through a track record as an artist, practitioner, teacher, researcher, and/or administrator.

The Chair will adhere to and foster the highest standards of ethical conduct, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, diversity, appropriate financial oversights and controls, as well as safety, security, and confidentiality precautions related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

For this 12-month faculty administrator appointment, we seek a candidate who has an MFA or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline and evidence of on-going research, scholarly or creative activities and experience sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure. The successful candidate will have: 1) a record of collaborative leadership; 2) strong interpersonal skills in working with and in support of faculty and staff; and 3) a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in higher education and the arts.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will have the demonstrated ability to support and forge strong relationships and connections with the creative community at the local, regional, national, and international level.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to communicate

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Posted: 1/10/2021
Application Due: 3/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time