Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Chair provides leadership for the Design Department and is responsible for the vision of its academic endeavor, fiscal and personnel issues, advancing excellence in teaching, research and service across all programs in the department: Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, and Interior Design. The Chair represents the department to internal and external agencies and constituencies, actively participates in fundraising initiatives, and serves as an advocate for the college the university. The Chair will teach one class each long semester.
The Chair will lead initiatives in academic and strategic planning consistent with the College’s strategic plan. The Chair will assess and prepare budgets for the department to achieve its annual goals and objectives as they relate to the College’s mission and vision, and collaborate with faculty and staff to achieve this outcome. The Chair will be an effective communicator, sharing information with department faculty. The Chair will recommend to the College Dean faculty personnel decisions in response to the recommendations of the Design Department Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee. The Chair will oversee and steward the maintenance of professional accreditations – National Association of Schools of Art and Design and Council for Interior Design Accreditation – for programs within the department and ensure compliance with SACS Accreditation requirements at the University level.
The Chair reports to the Dean and works closely with CVAD’s Associate Deans, the other CVAD Department Chairs, and Design Department program coordinators. The Chair must be an innovative leader with a good balance of pragmatism and imagination. The Chair will be credible to constituents and willing work collaboratively at all levels. The Chair will support the University’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access in all academic and personnel matters. The Chair will adhere to and foster the highest standards of ethical conduct, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, diversity, appropriate financial oversights and controls, as well as safety, security, and confidentiality precautions related to the position.
The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit – and takes actions to prevent – discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.
The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.
MFA or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum ten-years college-level teaching experience and five-years administrative experience. The successful candidate must provide evidence of on-going research, scholarly or creative activities in the field and professional experience sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure; may consider an Associate Professor with appropriate teaching and administrative experience.
Demonstrable fundraising and revenue-generating experience that may include sponsored and entrepreneurial projects, funded grants, or alumni development.
Area of Specialty:
Relevant design discipline
Non-Tenured Appointment Term:
Open Until Search Closed
Review of Applications Begins:
Required Applicant Documents:
List of Names and Contact Information of Five References