The Director, who reports to the Dean of the College of Design, is responsible for the overall academic, administrative, and fiscal leadership of the School of Interiors. The Director will provide leadership in defining the strategic priorities and vision for the School and to enhance its visibility, brand, and reputation. In this role, the Director will be responsible for continuing to advance and strengthen degree programs; foster excellence in teaching, research, and engagement; increase the School’s enrollment; continue the advancement of innovation and multidisciplinary activities; and increase the School’s financial resources. The Director should promote a diverse work and learning environment that fosters entrepreneurship, growth, collaboration, and shared governance. This is a 12-month appointment.
As the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s premier accredited undergraduate Interior Design program, UK offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interiors: Planning, Strategy, Design. The School also offers a two-year Master of Arts in Interior Design. The School of Interiors has a rich academic tradition as an open-minded setting that supports diverse intellectual approaches within a rigorous design curriculum. Throughout its history, Kentucky’s academic environment, one which balances diversity, connectivity, and ingenuity, has attracted outstanding faculty and students, enabling many to reach the highest levels of national academic and professional achievement. On the University of Kentucky’s flagship campus in Lexington, the School strives to fulfill the University’s bold Land Grant Mission by delivering exceptional design thinking to improve our region’s built environment and the lives of its citizens.
The Director’s responsibilities include:
● Overseeing the operational and fiscal management of the School;
● Continually evaluating the effectiveness of courses, the program and curriculum;
● Developing schedules and faculty teaching assignments;
● Recruiting new faculty, making recommendations to the Dean regarding faculty appointments, promotions and dismissals;
● Overseeing the faculty performance review process, and clearly communicating to faculty the specific University and College policies that inform the process;
● Actively guiding faculty members through the tenure/promotion process and supporting their ongoing efforts to advance scholarly and creative activities;
● Inspiring morale and ensuring that all faculty are offered privileges and responsibilities appropriate to their rank;
● Overseeing the ongoing assessment, development and implementation of the School, College and University Strategic Plans;
● Participating in the development and implementation of College policies, procedures and guidelines;
● Establishing and evaluating School policies and procedures;
● Representing the School and College to external constituencies including alumni, members of the interior design profession, other university units and potential donors;
● Identifying and pursuing external funding opportunities in support of the School and College mission in cooperation with designated development staff;
● Maintaining currency in teaching and learning and a scholarly agenda, including continued research and publication or distinguished practice;
● Teaching one (1) course within the discipline per academic year;
● Ensuring compliance with SACS and CIDA accreditation guidelines;
● Facilitating the resolution of issues and problems that may arise between faculty, staff and students;
● Serving on University and College-wide committees;
● Fostering interdepartmental collaboration and continuing to enhance the reputation of the University of Kentucky College of Design School of Interiors in academic and professional circles; and
● Working with the Recruitment Officer to recruit talented undergraduate and graduate students.
Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, work samples (upload under Specific Request 1) and the names of three references when prompted in the application.
The executive search firm of Buffkin Baker has been selected to recruit for this position. To be considered, candidates should complete the UK application, and contact Martin Baker via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The anticipated start date of the position is July 1, 2020. Review of applications will begin November 22, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact the Search Committee Chair, Asst. Professor Rebekah Radtke (email@example.com) with inquiries.