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Director, School of Visual Communication Design
Kent State University

Date Posted Dec. 20, 2018
Title Director, School of Visual Communication Design
University Kent State University
Kent , OH, United States
Department School of Visual Communication Design
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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  • Associate Professor
  • Digital Media
    Design - Graphic Design/Illustration
    Communications/Information Systems

Director, School of Visual Communication Design
Visual Communication Design
Job #997033
Kent Campus – Kent, OH

The School of Visual Communication Design ( at Kent State University invites applications for the position of Director. We are seeking a dynamic leader with both administrative experience and broad knowledge of the design, illustration, and photographic disciplines. Potential candidates should have the ability to implement current initiatives while providing strategic vision and leadership for the school. The position is fully administrative with no teaching expectations.

The school director reports to the dean of the College of Communication and Information (CCI). VCD is one of five schools in the college. CCI is the only college in the nation that combines digital sciences, design, media, information science, and communication in one interdisciplinary college.

Position-Specific Requirements:
Oversee budget, personnel, and program activities of the School, including planning, development, and implementation
Work with the Dean and other school directors to execute university- and college-wide initiatives
Represent and promote the school within the university, and in the professional and academic communities
Engage in fundraising and development initiatives, including alumni outreach
Mentor faculty and advocate for diverse teaching and research interests

Candidate-Specific Requirements: Terminal degree in one of the disciplines of the school; six to seven years relevant experience. Qualifications should be commensurate to be appointed at the rank of associate professor within the school. Proven leadership, communication, fundraising, and mentoring skills Have an exceptional record of creative, professional and/or scholarly activities Experienced with development, implementation, and revision of new and existing academic programs

The School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) is a rigorous and dynamic program that offers comprehensive undergraduate (BA and BFA) and graduate (MA and MFA) degree programs. We foster undergraduate and graduate students who go on to become leaders, scholars and active participants in the national and international design community. Graduates from the MFA program are actively researching and teaching in programs across the country. VCD is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In 2017, VCD moved into a newly renovated facility that provides students with an abundance of studio space, photo studios, a large computer lab, a gallery and a resource center.

VCD is part of the Kent State University Design Innovation Initiative, with Fashion Design and Architecture, which is working to create a cross-disciplinary endeavor to develop novel solutions to global and everyday challenges. VCD is also home to the award-winning Glyphix, one of the first student-staffed design firms in the country.

Kent State University is a comprehensive graduate and undergraduate, residential, Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive University. Founded in 1910, the university is the third largest in Ohio, with an enrollment of approximately 39,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The Chronicle of Higher Education identifies Kent State as one of the Great Colleges to Work For (2017). The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching ranks Kent State among the nation’s top 74 public high-research universities, and U.S. News & World Report ranks Kent State in the coveted top-tier of Best Colleges (2018).

Kent is a small, vibrant college town with close proximity to the cultural, dining, and professional sports activities of several major cities, along with the recreational opportunities of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the many lakes in the region. Kent is located within the Cleveland-Akron-Canton metro area, and within 2 hours of Pittsburgh and Columbus.

To apply, visit our jobsite at: and upload the following items: Letter of interest, curriculum vita and contact information for three references. Candidates contacted for interviews will be asked to provide samples of their own professional, creative, and/or scholarly work, as well as samples of student work. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. This is a 12-month position with a start date of July 1, 2019.

For a complete description of this position and to apply online, visit our jobsite at

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