Full-Time Chair of Design, Winthrop University
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.
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration at apply.interfolio.com/63262.
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.)
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