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Head of the MFA in Collaborative Design / MA in Design Systems
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Date Posted Jan. 8, 2020
Title Head of the MFA in Collaborative Design / MA in Design Systems
University Pacific Northwest College of Art More About This Institution...
Portland, OR, United States
Department Collaborative Design/Design Systems More About This Department...
Application Deadline Mar. 1, 2020
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2020
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Design - Product Design
    Design - Industrial Art/Design
    Design - Graphic Design/Illustration
    Design - Fashion & Textile Design
    Art Education
    Fine Arts - General

POSITION SUMMARY: The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) seeks a Program Head for its MFA in Collaborative Design and MA in Design Systems programs.

The Collaborative Design and Design Systems programs produce creative leaders who apply a systems mindset and a toolkit of design, analytical, and entrepreneurial skills to drive positive impact in private, public, and non-profit sectors.

The successful candidate will bring a compelling vision of how design thinking, facilitation skills, systems based thinking, a human-centered approach, and a background in interactive or experiential design can prepare students for a future in design. This candidate will also be able to show how these approaches can amplify a background in interactive or experiential design to inform and shape both the private and public sectors. The candidate will have strong connections to national and international creative communities, practice, and resources, and the desire to create an internationally competitive program. The Candidate will also be charged with the development of another graduate-level design program built off the current infrastructure of the CD/DS programs.

The Program Head will organize and teach courses each semester, serve as the primary advisor to the students, and provide leadership and representation of the program. They will also co-author and collaborate with the Director of the HFSGS, as well as undergraduate and graduate program leaders to build curricular relationships and strengthen the program’s reach across the institution.

The Program Head will lead the program faculty and create opportunities for student learning and professional development. The Program Head participates in recruitment for the program alongside the Associate and Assistant Administrative Directors of the Graduate School, and will work to expand program visibility.

The Program Head and the other program faculty form the backbone of the academic experience, supplemented by PNCA’s extended community of visiting artists and designers, scholars, and other creative/intellectual leaders who bring added diversity, richness and intellectual depth to the students’ learning. PNCA and its Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies function as a laboratory where cross-pollination amongst artists, designers, and scholars fosters a lively and imaginative community of making and critical discussion

● Work collaboratively with the staff and faculty in HFSGS in recruitment strategies to increase applicant quality
● Support recruitment and enrollment to meet designated annual targets
● Build new Design Program making use of the Collaborative Design curriculum and structure
● Maintain collegial program relationships with both internal and external constituencies
● Teach 4 classes per year, with at least 3 in the Collaborative Design program
● Work with faculty and the Graduate Curriculum Committee to develop, evaluate, and continually improve course content and syllabi and achieve learning outcomes
● Coordinate the assignment of faculty and professional mentors
● Help create and maintain a highly positive community of program faculty, students, and other stakeholders
● Work with Financial Aid and Student Services offices to communicate with and support MFA students
● Supervise safe and healthy studio practices amongst students
● Develop, propose, and help manage the MFA budget on an annual basis
● Participate on faculty committees
● Maintain relevant and effective processes to evaluate student outcomes, curriculum, faculty, and mentors in order to determine and implement productive improvement initiatives
● Work with the HFSGS Director and support team to position the CD/DS programs and PNCA to retain and successfully recruit students from a national and international reputation in arts education
● Help the Graduate School raise program visibility and use professional networks to support the visiting artist program and the program as a whole
● Support the HFSGS Director in the selection of Visiting Artists
● Grow graduate-level curricular offerings across PNCA graduate programs
● Support institutional values and vision of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies
● Serve as a professional mentor and academic advisor for all students in the AC+D Program
● Manage and facilitate a strong sense of community within the program and with other stakeholders
● Work with Director of Career Services, Bridgelab (the PNCA entrepreneurship resource center), and others to establish internships and other professional opportunities for graduate students
● Help organize and participate in successful Graduate orientation and other related programming
● Participate in accreditation evaluation process
● Create and maintain strategies to support CD+DS alumni

  • PNCA recognizes that diverse classrooms and workplaces offer the richest learning opportunities and is committed to a policy of equality in our admission and employment practices. PNCA welcomes applications from candidates that expand the college’s diversity.

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Contact Information

  • Mark Taylor, Human Resources
    Critical Theory and Creative Research
    Pacific Northwest College of Art
    511 NW Broadway
    Portland, OR 97209
  • 503.226.4391


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