Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for Chair of the Department of Design within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The department houses B.F.A. degrees in Visual Communications (Graphic Design and Illustration) and Interior Design, and has initial plans to introduce other areas of design over the next few years, such as Experience, Product and Apparel Design. In conjunction with two other colleges, the department also offers a B.S. degree in Digital Information Design (Interactive Media concentration).
The chair serves as a member of the college administrative leadership team reporting to the dean, and works collaboratively with eight full-time department faculty, plus staff members and department chairs of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Fine Arts, to develop and implement strategic initiatives, curricula, and policies. This is a 10.5-month faculty appointment beginning either January or August 2020 with a teaching requirement and reassigned time granted for administrative responsibilities. The ideal candidate has a record of effective administrative leadership, excellent teaching, productive scholarship, and meaningful professional stewardship. Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications. This is a tenure track position; however, tenure will be considered for candidates currently holding tenure from an accredited institution.
The university is seeking candidates with the following qualities and experiences: an obvious passion for design and commitment to excellence within the discipline; defining and implementing a strategic vision for design programs at Winthrop with the goal of enhancing its strengths and keeping it competitive with respect to today’s challenging academic climate; commitment to creating a culture of collaboration; the importance of the role of new technologies in the teaching and practice of design; the ability to bridge faculty and administrative roles and interests; experience with faculty development promoting teaching effectiveness and professional, creative, and scholarly activity; academic advising experience; and experience in program assessment, student and course assessment, and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation. Candidates should have the desire to lead and teach in an interdisciplinary, diverse, and highly collaborative undergraduate environment. Winthrop enrolls a diverse student body, which closely mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity in the state, and has recently received accolades for its success in graduating students of color.
Serve as the senior academic and administrative officer for the department
Provide strategic and operational direction for the department
Manage departmental activities and programs
Recruit, mentor, and evaluate faculty members, adjunct instructors, and administrative support personnel
Develop and maintain existing relationships with design alumni and donors
Promote the program to internal and external audiences, potential students, potential donors, professional partners, and future employers
Develop course schedules for the department
Teach courses in areas of expertise
Engage in scholarly activity and professional stewardship
Serve on the College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean’s Council
Oversee curriculum development and program assessment
Manage the student advising process in collaboration with Student Services
Other duties as assigned by the Dean
Terminal professional degree in design (communication, graphic, interior, product, apparel, etc.), illustration, architecture, or a design-related discipline
Evidence of relevant administrative experience
A record of teaching, scholarship, and professional engagement
Minimum of 5-7 years teaching experience at the post-secondary level preferred
Substantial and/or highly regarded professional experience
Experience working collaboratively and effectively with faculty, students, administrators, staff, and external constituencies
Experience in curricula development and program assessment
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Experience with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Excellent leadership capabilities and supervisory skills
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Application review will begin on October 30, 2019. Applications received after this start of review may be considered if an acceptable candidate is not identified. Start date is August 1, 2020. (January 2020 start date is possible, depending on candidate availability.)
a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position
a current curriculum vitae
the candidate’s teaching and administrative philosophy
the names, email and phone numbers of three references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications
transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage)
professional and student work examples (provide a URL or submit a PDF)
References will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Questions about the position and nominations should be directed to Dean Jeff Bellantoni at email@example.com.
Winthrop is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university that is committed to be among the very best institutions of its kind in the nation. Through an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement, Winthrop helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and values that enrich their lives and prepare them for all the future holds.
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