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Division Chair - Art
Southern Methodist University

  • Nov. 7, 2017
  • Open until filled
  • August 2018
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Art - General
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The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University invites nominations and applications for appointment to Chair of its dynamic Division of Art (SMU position #05777). The Division seeks candidates from any discipline in the visual arts or design who are committed to artistic and academic excellence and innovative leadership. The successful candidate for chair will lead with a consultative and collegial style, establishing new opportunities, facilities, and faculty appointments, and strengthening the connections of the Division of Art to the diverse communities of the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond.

Minimum qualifications: An artist with creative and teaching experience sufficient for appointment at the rank of associate or full professor, including a deep commitment to artistic production as demonstrated by exhibition, teaching and/or scholarship, significant administrative experience and leadership ability, and a commitment to diversity, creative energy, and innovation.

Preferred qualifications beyond the minimal qualifications above: An artist with demonstrated success in leading a diverse community of artists, engagement with interdisciplinary creative work, familiarity with traditions and innovations in curriculum, an understanding of emerging technologies as well as established ones.

Application: Applications are submitted through Interfolio at
At a subsequent stage of the application process, candidates will be asked to submit portfolios and three letters of recommendation.

To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be submitted by December 15, 2017, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decision at the completion of the search. Position begins August 2018. Hiring is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Any additional inquiries can be addressed to:

Associate Dean David Sedman
Search Committee Chair
Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750356
Dallas, TX 75275 -0356

The University and Community

The Division of Art at the Meadows School is a rapidly evolving community of professional artists/teachers within a comprehensive school of the arts. The Division of Art conducts interdisciplinary projects on a regular basis, including the Center for Creative Computation, Alumni, Film and Media Arts, and the Guildhall at SMU. Alumni of the division are nationally noted artists and teachers. The division awards the B.F.A., B.A., and M.F.A. degrees in art.

SMU is an inclusive and intellectually vibrant university of scholars and teachers that values diverse research and creative agendas. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Explore SMU at

Dallas/Fort Worth is a culturally rich arts community with internationally acclaimed museums and centers for art, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Contemporary, the Meadows Museum at SMU, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, The Warehouse, and a vibrant group of contemporary galleries. Visit for links to contemporary galleries.

  • SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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  • David Sedman
    Search Committee Chair
    Southern Methodist University
    SMU - Meadows School of the Arts
    PO Box 750356
    Dallas, TX 75275


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