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Chair, Department of Performing and Fine Arts

Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Position Title::

Chair, Department of Performing and Fine Arts

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Full-Time Or Part-Time::

Full Time


Performing & Fine Arts

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EHRA (Non-Faculty)

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Hiring Range::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Overall Position Competency::

Flat Rate

Description of primary duties and responsibilities::

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The Department of Performing and Fine Arts (PFA), located in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Fayetteville State University invites applications for the position of Department Chair beginning in August of 2022. The department is composed of four programs—a Major in Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts and a minor in Dance. The primary mission of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts is to produce artists who will be leaders and advocates in their respective fields in the performing and fine arts – music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. The department is also committed to building community through the arts by being a resource for performing and fine arts pedagogy and performance, cultivating a climate where creativity flourishes, engaging the community with the arts, and making the arts accessible to all.

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The Department Chair serves as the chief representative of the department, the leader of the department in its internal affairs, and the liaison between the departmental faculty and the university administration. The Chair is the administrative and instructional leader of the department. The duties of the Chair involve collaboration and interaction with faculty, staff, students, and other administrators.

Description of Work Continued::

The Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and he/she is a member of the CHSS leadership team. The duties of the Chair are instructional and administrative. The successful candidate will be responsible for the daily operation of the programs as well as long-term planning, course scheduling, and curriculum development. In addition to maintaining an acceptable level of teaching and scholarship, the chair’s primary duties include: managing the departmental budget; seeking external funding (grants, etc.); recruiting, hiring, and evaluating faculty and staff; recruiting, advising, and assisting students; producing various reports for the Dean’s office and providing vision and leadership for the department at the college, university, regional, national, and international level. The specific duties and responsibilities of the Chair include but are not limited to:

1. provide visionary leadership and strategic vision to advance the department.2. recruit, supervise, mentor, and evaluate faculty.3. recruit students and promote the growth of the PFA programs.4. manage department budget and resources.5. continue to develop a successful, and diverse faculty and staff and foster a collaborative and collegial work environment.6. guide curriculum development.7. provide leadership to complete the annual assessment of program and student learning outcomes.8. work with the department faculty to increase student enrollment in the PFA.9. work with the department faculty to increase the retention and graduation rates of students in the PFA.10. build and foster strategic partnerships and collaborations with area high schools and community colleges to increase the pipeline of students to the PFA degree programs.11. meet internal and external stakeholders to share the vision and mission of the PFA.12. participate in fundraising activities to support the strategic priorities of the PFA.13. actively engage in grant writing to support the strategic priorities of the PFA.14. perform other duties as assigned by the Dean.15. Supervises correct scheduling of classes, contracts with vendors, and ordering of supplies16. Fosters team building within each area

Minimum Education And Experience Requirements::

Applicants must have a doctorate or a terminal degree in one of the disciplines represented in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts, as well as a record of excellence in teaching, research, and service commensurate with the rank of a tenured Associate Professor or full Professor. Candidates must have familiarity with arts administration and/or arts education to be able to successfully lead the different program areas within the department. The Chair must subscribe to the principle of shared governance and collegiality; and he/she must have a collaborative working style and the ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies. He/she must have excellent interpersonal and group communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications::

Previous administrative experience in the performing and fine arts as well as success in the acquisition of extramural grant funding are preferred.

Open Until Filled::


Additional Information for Applicants:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified prior to employment. Transcripts should be provided for all earned degrees and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements. Transcript requests are the responsibility of the candidate.

EEO Statement::

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable), academic verification and credit history check (if applicable).
Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and employment and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Veteran's Statement:

Fayetteville State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.

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Working at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a member of the prestigious University of North Carolina System. Situated in southeastern North Carolina, FSU prides itself in being in one of the most diverse cities in the country and neighbor to one of the nation’s largest military installations – Fort Bragg.

FSU has a rich history that serves as genesis for its current status as a leading institution of higher learning. A year after the Civil War ended, the Phillips School provided primary education to Fayetteville’s black citizens, and the Sumner School provided intermediate education for this population. The two schools were consolidated in 1869 and dedicated in April of that year as the Howard School, in honor of the Freedman’s Bureau chief General O.O. Howard. Seven prominent African-American men pooled $136 to purchase two lots for the first building that housed the Howard School. Robert Harris was named the first principal of the Howard School.

In 1877, the Howard School became not just the first public normal school for African Americans in North Carolina but also the first state-sponsored institution for the education of African-American teachers in the South. It was renamed the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville that year, Fayetteville State Teachers College in 1939, Fayetteville State College in 1963, and Fayetteville State University in 1969.

While FSU’s roots are as a teacher education institution, it now offers nearly 70 degrees at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. Many of the programs are accredited by the top agencies. The university’s School of Business and Economics is endorsed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is one of the most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies for business programs in higher education. Currently, less than one-third of U.S. business programs and only 15% of the world's business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Receipt of this distinguished accreditation provides evidence that FSU’s School of Business and Economics has established itself as a leader among business schools. Additionally, the Master of Business Administration program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review as one of the best graduate business school programs in the country. The Department of Criminal Justice is accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). FSU’s criminal justice program is the only such program in North Carolina to hold ACJS certification.

FSU is rapidly becoming a center for research and technology. In spring 2010, the university, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, cut the ribbon on the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Center. The center is home to the electron microprobe, an advanced imaging tool that magnifies objects up to 300,000 times.

FSU is a partner in the community. The institution has formulated a strong relationship with the local municipality and with civic and social organizations in the area. The institution enjoys its partnership with its military neighbors. In the coming years, as a result of Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC), Fort Bragg will be home to more than 50,000 soldiers and some of the nation’s top military brass. To address their educational needs, FSU has implemented a degree in intelligence studies with plans to offer more academic programs with the military in mind.

Students who come to FSU know they will be learning in a nurturing environment from some of the top scholars in their respective fields. As they matriculate, they know their degrees will prepare them to be 21st century global scholars, change agents, and contributing members of society.

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