Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Full-time, 12-month tenure track position beginning July 1, 2014
Application Deadline: Review of applications begins January 15, 2014 and continues until position is filled.
This appointment is a tenure track position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor that will chair the Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising, one of 14 departments and 2 programs of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. The chair is the academic and administrative leader serving over 300 students in two programs: Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design. The chair leads eight full-time faculty and numerous adjunct faculty. S/he plans and manages the department’s academic, administrative, budgetary and personnel areas; guides accreditation activities; and promotes excellence in teaching, creativity, research, and engagement. The chair will be a leader and creative visionary, articulate, and passionate about the larger field of fashion, able to serve as an effective advocate for the department and both of its programs, able to build and maintain linkages across disciplines within the School of the Arts and the greater University, and increase the visibility of the department and strengthen its national and international presence and connections.
- Develop, in consultation with the dean and department members, a strategic plan for the department that is consistent with program goals and the School’s overall initiatives and strategic plan;
- Facilitate an in depth understanding of both fashion design and merchandising and how curricula related to the department’s two programs work together;
- Teach and guide curriculum development and formulate a contemporary vision for the department that will prepare students to be agile in the current and future job market;
- Provide leadership in establishing a progressive environment that promotes high-level scholarly and creative research;
- Serve as an advocate for faculty, students, and the fields of fashion design and merchandising;
- Develop and maintain a national and international network of partnerships with various leaders in fashion industries;
- Establish current and contemporary fashion industry contacts and facilitate active and meaningful student engagement with outside professionals;
- Manage and supervise all areas of department administration, including budgets, class scheduling, personnel, admissions and recruitment;
- Thoughtfully evaluate faculty within the department, including mentoring new and current faculty and guiding faculty through the promotion and tenure process.
- A graduate degree in a related field or equivalent credentials and professional experience is required. Eight or more years of professional experience in the fashion industry is highly preferred.
- Minimum of five years teaching experience in higher education plus administrative experience is preferred.
- Research is important to the department, the School of the Arts, and the University. The chair will have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and a record of attracting external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department, or substantial professional expertise and experience commensurate with research expectations.
- Ability to encourage and direct faculty in their research endeavors.
- Demonstrated experience team building, establishing a collegial environment, and excellent communication skills.
- Exceptional administrative and organizational skills, adeptness facilitating group processes, ability to effectively advocate on behalf of the department and discipline and the ability to be visionary.
- Must have the ability to define the needs of the department related to faculty recruitment and the judgment to make appropriate hiring recommendations to the Dean.
- Ability to conduct thorough, thoughtful and fair evaluations of faculty performance that assess teaching, service, and research outcomes, and outline areas of needed improvement with suggested strategies and support.
- Willingness to collaborate with the VCUarts Admissions team on student recruitment.
- The chair must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
To apply, please send a letter outlining your interest in the position, a curriculum vita, and a list of five current references, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses to Ryan Ellington, Director of VCUarts Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 804.828.2787. Documents will be accepted only through electronic submission.
To read more about VCUarts and the Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising: http://arts.vcu.edu
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability. For more information about VCU School of the Arts and this position please visit http://arts/vcu.edu