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Assistant Chairperson - Art and Design Education (71100)
Pratt Institute

Date Posted Sep. 20, 2022
Title Assistant Chairperson - Art and Design Education (71100)
University Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, NY, United States
Department Department of Art and Design Education
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Spring 2023
  • Associate/Assistant Head
  • Art - General
    Art Education

Assistant Chairperson - Art and Design Education (71100)

Location: Brooklyn, NY

The School of Art at Pratt Institute invites applications for an Assistant Chairperson in the Department of Art and Design Education to begin in the Spring 2023 semester.

The Department of Art and Design Education (ADE) offers a BFA, BFA/MA, MA and Advanced Certificate in art and design education, with initial NYS teaching certification, visual arts, all grades, and two undergraduate minors: Museum and Gallery Practices and Teaching Art and Design in NYC. A vibrant community of scholars, artists and educators, our alumni have gone on to teaching and leadership positions in schools and community-based organizations in New York City and across the country. The historic Saturday Art School, a community program that offers studio-based instruction to children ages 6-18 years old, has been the teaching laboratory of the Department of Art and Design Education since the early 1950's and it continues to thrive.

The Department is distinguished by its interdisciplinary perspective and recognized internationally for its innovative approaches to connecting artistic practice and education. We offer an integrated curriculum that intertwines studio thinking with learning theories and current research in the field. Students develop a firm grounding in content area knowledge in the arts and design disciplines together with expertise in pedagogical strategies and teaching techniques. Students design and provide educational experiences in a reciprocal relationship with New York City public schools, community, and cultural organizations. In these settings, students are encouraged to address complex social issues and culturally relevant pedagogy, experiment with new ideas and materials, and consider themselves collaborators and partners in addressing the possible role of art and design in social change and transformation.

Located on Pratt's historic 25-acre campus in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Pratt is an internationally recognized school of architecture, art, design, and information science, which draws students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students, and staff and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.


The Assistant Chair will assist the Chair with administrative functions for the Department . including, but are not limited to collaboration on:

  • Accreditation, program review, and assessment(s) requirements;
  • Establishing faculty teaching schedules, reconciling workloads, and related faculty issues;
  • Developing, maintaining, and evaluating partnerships internal to Pratt and with New York City public schools and other external partners;
  • Departmental curriculum meetings; maintaining accurate department records; coordinating and communicating issues as needed;
  • Serve as the Institute's Certification Officer for the New York State Education Department; supervise the certification process with NYSED and attend state-wide or city-wide meetings as required;
  • Coordinate undergraduate and graduate academic advising for ADE majors; coordinate two minors: Teaching Art and Design in NYC and Museum and Gallery Practices; communicates student issues as needed;
  • Assist the Department Chair on undergraduate and graduate admissions;
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the Chair.


  • Candidates must have an MS, MA, MFA, and/or MEd, in art, design, art education, education or a related field.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills is also required.
  • Evidence of educational administration in K-12 and/or higher education settings.
  • 3 years of teaching experience as a certified visual art teacher in a public school (elementary, middle or high school).
  • Some college level teaching experience.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: graduate level art and design education admissions, NYS Teacher Certification, culturally-responsive pedagogy, special education, accreditation in teacher education.


  • Experience in, or the potential for building, an equitable and diverse environment in teaching, mentoring, research, and/or department and institute service.
  • Demonstrated experience in connecting educators and programs with a local, regional and national art and education community and developing a professional community.
  • Evidence of an active studio and/or research practice.

Devoted to an inclusive and diverse education community, ADE recognizes the strength that stems from a diversity of perspectives, ideas, backgrounds, approaches, and experiences. We aspire to continue to grow as a department that always welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to contribute to and be part of our pre-professional culture.

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