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6 Dec 2017

Full-Time Director

Western Michigan University  Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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Director, Gwen Frostic School of Art, College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University (WMU) invites applications for the position of Director of the Gwen Frostic School of Art at the rank of Professor to begin July 1, 2018. The area of specialization is open. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, creative, and visionary leader who can ensure the continued growth and advancement of the Frostic School of Art regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Required Qualifications
A terminal degree in studio arts, design, art history or art education is required along with a record of achievement necessary for appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure in the Frostic School of Art. The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service and will have a record of progressively advancing higher education leadership responsibilities and success.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of administrative experience including experience evaluating tenure and promotion dossiers, supervising faculty and staff, and managing budgets and endowments. The preferred candidate also will have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to foster strong and collegial relationships among faculty, staff and students. Experience with grant writing, fundraising, and strengthening, community and donor/alumni relations is a plus.

The Director represents the Frostic School of Art in all settings while overseeing the School’s strategic advancement to include: curricular, technological, personnel, financial, community, and operational functions; student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention; endowment management; alumni/donor relations and fundraising.

The Director supervises the School’s support staff including: Budget Analyst, Administrative Assistant, Director of Exhibitions, Woodshop Supervisor, the Academic Advisor, and the director of the university art galleries (jointly supervised with the dean of the college).

The Director reports to the Dean and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee comprised of the Associate Dean, Director of the School of Music, Chair of the Department of Dance, Chair of the Department of Theatre, Budget Manager, Assistant to the Dean, Marketing Specialist, and the Recruitment Manager.

The School: The Gwen Frostic School of Art is one of four units in the College of Fine Arts and is comprised of 345 undergraduate art majors, 21 full-time faculty, 12-15 part-time faculty, and eight staff. The School is NASAD accredited and offers BAs in Art and Art History; BFAs in Art Education and Graphic Design; BFAs with emphasis in Ceramics, Metals/Jewelry, Painting, Photography/Intermedia, Printmedia, and Sculpture; and an online MA in Art Education. In collaboration with WMU’s Haworth College of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Frostic School of Art launched a new BFA in Product Design in the fall of 2017.

The School encompasses 40,000 sq. ft. of galleries, lecture halls, classrooms, design and art studios in the James W. and Lois I. Richmond Center for Visual Arts, and an additional 88,000 sq. ft. of classrooms and art studios in South Kohrman Hall. The Richmond Institute for Product Design and Innovation will be housed in the renovated Middle Kohrman Hall. The design phase for this renovation project has been completed and construction will begin in November 2017 with an expected completion by August 2018. This renovation will add another 28,000 sq. ft. to the Frostic School of Art.

The College: The College of Fine Arts consists of the Gwen Frostic School of Art, Department of Dance, School of Music, and the Department of Theatre. All four units are nationally accredited. Facilities for the learning and practice of the arts at WMU are exceptional and compare favorably with other schools nationally with similar mission and scope. With a student body of approximately 1200 and the entering class regularly has the highest academic profile of any college at the University.

The University: Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of 23,500. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and strongly promotes funded research and creative scholarship.

Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo, an arts-friendly community in southwest Michigan, is a metropolitan area of 250,000 residents located two hours east of Chicago and two hours west of Detroit. The design and arts community in Kalamazoo and the region is rich with significant industry partners including Newell Brands, Stryker, Eaton, Herman Miller, Whirlpool, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, ArtHop, the Park Trades Center studio complex, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, ArtPrize, and more.

Kalamazoo was ranked third for creatives in the US:
Learn more about the city: and The “Kalamazoo Promise,” an endowment program that provides Kalamazoo Public School graduates with the opportunity to attend post-secondary education anywhere in the state of Michigan with up to a 100% tuition scholarship.

Application: The application must include a letter of intent addressing the listed qualifications and a statement of your higher education administrative philosophy; a pdf file upload that includes a current curriculum vitae; 10 samples of professional work, including samples of any published research, or a website address where this information can be viewed; and contact information for five professional references including supervisors, colleagues and direct reports. Submit to
Upon receipt of your file upload, you will receive a confirmation email.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package.

Expected Start Date: July 1, 2018 or negotiable

Application Deadline: The position is open until filled and review of application materials will begin February 1, 2018. If you have problems uploading your complete portfolio materials please contact Human Resources 269-387-3620

Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts education, director, fund-raising, management, recruitment, school, teaching, and university. States: Michigan.

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