Academic Unit Head, School of Art, Design & Art History
James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg , Virginia
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: PhD
Salary: Commensurate With Experience
Studio Art-Art Education
Internal Number: 176367
JMU invites applicants for the Director of the School of Art, Design, and Art History. This position is within the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and is a 12-month tenured appointment that will begin July 1, 2022, at the rank of Professor. CVPA brings together the Schools of Art, Design and Art History (SADAH); Music; Theatre and Dance; and three interdisciplinary programs, The Institute for Creative Inquiry, the Center for Inclusive Music Engagement, and The Madison Art Collection. With over 100 full-time faculty and 1,200 majors, CVPA comprises a vibrant and collaborative artistic community. CVPA believes that equity, access and inclusion are ethical imperatives and artistic cornerstones. Diversity—in the stories we represent, the students we serve, and the audiences we engage—is vital for the health and relevance of contemporary arts practice. CVPA, therefore, welcomes diversity of perspective, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability. We are committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive educational community of faculty, students, staff, and stakeholders free from all forms of discrimination. In light of this core commitment, candidates should address how their teaching, scholarship, and/or service work toward the creation and sustainability of a community of educators who value the diversity present in our society.
The Director of SADAH is a visionary thinker who will lead the unit’s academics, operations, budget, exhibition, and fundraising activities. The Director will work with the CVPA Dean, faculty, and staff to promote the goals of the school, college, and university as a leading research center in the visual arts. The Director will also foster experimentation and invention in the arts. SADAH is one of the most notable and time-honored public university visual art programs in the United States. JMU is accredited by NASAD. SADAH is committed to leading efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students. The school offers the BA, BS, and BFA degrees at the undergraduate level, including majors in Art, Art History, Architectural Design, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design. Art concentrations include painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, fiber arts, integrated 3D, and metals and jewelry. Art Education licensure is available to all SADAH majors. The school also offers the Master of Fine Arts degree, a nationally ranked program by U.S. News and World Report, which will benefit from an experienced leader who will continue building upon its past successes.
SADAH’s mission asks us to collaborate as creators and scholars to advance diversity and independent thought through rigorous practice and research. We believe that equity, access, and inclusion are vital for the preparation of contemporary artists, designers, art historians, and art educators. SADAH employs 47 faculty and nine staff. There are 600 students enrolled in a combination of graduate and undergraduate SADAH programs. Faculty are active in their professional fields at the national and international level, and are dedicated to exemplary teaching and the professional growth of each student. Students are challenged through a rigorous curriculum of study that seeks to develop their scholarship, artistic and personal practice. SADAH resides in exceptional facilities, including the recently remodeled Duke Hall, a 115,000 square foot facility that features open and well-lit studios, dedicated critique spaces, high-tech seminar rooms, classrooms, lecture halls, and state-of-the-art equipment. The Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art is a leading contemporary art space that features exhibitions of regional, national and international significance. The remodeled Studio Center houses design programs, and a fully equipped Fabrication Lab. Separate facilities are provided for photography, graduate studios, and ArtWorks (a student-run gallery).
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Provide visionary leadership that will support opportunities, shape programs and grow resources for the School of Art, Design, and Art History;
Obtain in-depth knowledge about each program in SADAH along with a full understanding of how each discipline operates pedagogically to support faculty and curriculum development;
Facilitate consensus-building and enact transparent decision-making that best advance the mission of the School;
Demonstrate consistent and equitable support of all faculty, staff and students within the School;
Lead and prioritize diversity efforts in faculty, staff, and student development, curriculum, and interpersonal relations;
Actively cultivate diverse leadership within the School;
Foster a transparent and collaborative culture based on open communication with faculty, staff, deans, students, alumni, and University administration;
Ensure faculty and staff workloads are equitable and reasonable;
Support curriculum development which is forward-looking and innovative;
Build SADAH recruitment (nationally and internationally) with a clear and proactive strategy that will make SADAH, CVPA, and the University stand out from peer institutions;
Oversee the budget and manage School resources;
Assess the needs of the School as they relate to JMU’s mission and strategic plan;
Teach and/or contribute to curriculum development;
Advocate for the School within the University and externally to a wide range of professional and community leaders, and the public.
Terminal degree (M.F.A, Ph.D., etc.) in architecture, art, art education, art history, design, or related field;
Record of strong leadership, creative innovation, teaching and scholarship, especially in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Experience in strategic planning, budgeting, and effective personnel administration in higher education;
Proven ability to articulate to internal and external constituents the essential value of the arts and the role of equity, access, and inclusion within the arts;
A genuine passion for student experiences;
Capacity to advocate for all students’ and faculty’s creative practice and scholarship;
Experience in programming, fundraising, and community engagement.
To apply, visit JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1739, or go directly to https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/10482. Salary shall be commensurate with experience. Review of applications begins 11/20/2021.
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