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Department Head Professor (Art & Design)

Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University

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Job Title: Department Head Professor (Art & Design)
Location: Valdosta State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 233584
About Us

As a comprehensive institution of the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University (VSU) is a welcoming, aware, and vibrant community founded on and dedicated to serving our communities’ rich and diverse heritages. VSU is proud to have a highly diverse student body and we are seeking to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of our faculty and staff. Through excellence in teaching, basic and applied research, and service, VSU provides rigorous programs and opportunities that enrich our students, our university, and our region. As such, the VSU mission consists of three interrelated parts that includes a student mission, university mission and regional mission. The university is equally dedicated to the core values of community, including a commitment to practice civility, integrity and citizenship. As members of this community and proud Blazers we strive to uphold these core values for the advancement of the University.

Job Summary The Valdosta State University College of the Arts is accepting applications for Head of the Department of Art & Design. The position is tenure earning; rank will be either associate or full professor and is dependent upon credentials and qualifications. Appointment date is July 1, 2022.

The Department Head is the administrative officer of the Department of Art & Design and reports directly to the Dean of the College of the Arts. The ideal candidate will:

    Demonstrate exceptional organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills as well as time management, prioritization, and completion of tasks; Commit to student engagement, and promote an open, inclusive, and positive environment; Promote an environment of collegiality, shared governance, and an openness to engage faculty in strategic planning and decision-making; Provide a creative vision and execute long-range planning to lead dynamic programs to excellence and to regional and national recognition; Collaborate with diverse groups and individuals in a wide range of environments; Foster an equitable and impartial culture of transparent, and consistent communication with students, faculty, and staff, as well as with university and community partners; Possess an understanding of how technology informs, affects, and responds to the evolving needs of the discipline, and makes an impact on a national and global scale; Mentor and develop faculty teachers and scholars as part of their ongoing engagement with our global, diverse, and technological society; Collaborate with faculty, administration, and community stakeholders in recruitment and retention initiatives and program development; Connect and engage with local, regional, and national civic and community organizations; Possess a working knowledge and experience with accreditation for art and design programs.
The Department of Art & Design offers four comprehensive undergraduate degree programs and opportunities designed to prepare students for professional involvement in a 21st-century environment. In addition to traditional studio programs such as Drawing, Painting, Ceramics and Sculpture, the Department also offers instruction in Photography, Art Education, Interior Design, Art History, and electronic media such as Graphic Design and Web Design. Fifteen full-time dedicated art faculty-mentors provide a dynamic and challenging learning experience to approximately 220 undergraduate majors. Studio facilities, equipment and technologies are constantly upgraded, affording our students the most current experiences in the classroom and studio environments. Gallery facilities include the Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery featuring professional and external juried exhibitions, and the Martha G. Smart Gallery, a dedicated exhibition space for students in the department. VSU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). .

Review of completed applications will begin November 8, 2021. Position will remain open until filled.

Applicant will be required to submit the following when applying:

  1. A letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experience is applicable to the position qualifications and characteristics expressed in the position profile
  2. Statement of leadership philosophy
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Media examples: 20 images of personal creative works saved as a pdf, or writing samples (as appropriate to the applicant’s scholarly discipline)
  5. Five professional references; Names, email addresses, and telephone numbers, including the candidate’s professional relationship with each individual
  6. Unofficial transcripts
For more information contact Michael Schmidt, Professor and Associate Dean of the College of the Arts and Search Chair via email [email protected] .


As the administrative officer of the Department of Art & Design, the Department Head reports directly to the Dean of the College of the Arts and is responsible for the following:

  • Course instruction related to area of specialization;
  • Overall preparation and management of the departmental budget;
  • Departmental course scheduling and facilities management;
  • Departmental strategic planning, program assessment, review and reporting;
  • Annual evaluation of faculty/staff, and participation in the tenure and promotion processes;
  • Developing departmental academic programs and overseeing curriculum revisions;
  • Program reporting to internal and external reviewers, and maintenance of program accreditation;
  • Recruitment and retention of faculty and students;
  • Developing, sustaining, or leading community outreach supporting the visual arts;
  • Involvement with community engagement, stakeholders, patron and donor cultivation;
  • Utilization of various technologies to interface with students, faculty, and administration in support of student registration and academic progress, enrollment and retention data, etc.

Typical Allocation of Duties:

Teaching and scholarship - 30%
Teach classes and conducts/presents research in the employee's academic discipline.

Recruit and supervise - 20%
Recruit and supervise the work of full- and part-time faculty and staff. Evaluate the work of faculty and recommend faculty for tenure and promotion.

Curriculum development - 20%
Coordinate the development of department curriculum, courses, and schedules. Oversee clinical programs as appropriate.

Administrative functions - 20%
Direct the department's business and administrative functions.

Student services - 10%
Coordinate the delivery of student services within the department.

Required Qualifications
    An earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in a discipline represented in the Department of Art & Design (e.g., Art/Studio, Design/New/Digital Media, Interior Design, Art Education, Art History, etc.);A record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate or full professor with tenure;Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, as well as scholarship;Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;Commitment to shared governance and a consultative leadership style; Compelling record of progressive, responsible, and relevant leadership experience;An understanding of current trends in higher education and a commitment to innovation in teaching and learning;Active participation in professional arts organizations at the state/regional and national levels.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience as a department head or similar administrative role;
  • Experience with faculty evaluation and promotion and tenure processes;
  • Record of successful outreach to community;
  • Accreditation experience;
  • Experience with grant writing and extramural funding.
Proposed Salary

Commensurate with experience

Conditions of Employment

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Position May Require Credit Check (if using P-Card, working with Cash, etc.).

Position Requires completion of VSU’s Annual Compliance Training course (such as State Business Transactions, Drug Free Workplace, Anti-Harassment Policy, Introduction to Information Security, Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Policy, USG Ethics Policy, Conflict of Interest/ Outside Activities Policy, Leave Procedures for Faculty and Staff, Georgia Open Records Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Contracts 101. Supervisory positions require training in FMLA and Worker’s Compensation.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Valdosta State University is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to minorities and individuals with disabilities. Valdosta State University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

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