Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)
Full time tenure-eligible 12-month position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor beginning July 1, 2015
Application Deadline: Review of applications begins January 15, 2015 and continues until the position is filled.
The VCUarts Department of Graphic Design is seeking a dynamic teacher, skilled researcher, and compassionate colleague for the position of Director of Graduate Studies.
The Department of Graphic Design (arts.vcu.edu/graphicdesign/) encourages the exploration of diverse problem-solving methodologies, innovative investigations and creative research in all forms of communication. The program is dedicated to and respected for its long history of excellence in teaching methods, scholarship, graphic design research, publishing and professional practice. The program provides both an undergraduate and graduate education stressing creative and critical thinking; awareness of individual, social and cultural issues; the integration of a range of technologies; and a concern for ethical development. Invigorated by a renewed focus on design thinking and making and process and collaboration, the program is pivoting its strong orientation towards the future of design.
The Director of Graduate Studies will work collaboratively with the Chair to provide leadership, academic and professional advising for Masters of Fine Arts students in Design. The Director of Graduate Studies will lead, manage and maintain the MFA degree program in the department; teach students in the MFA and BFA programs; formulate and manage a graduate studies strategic plan linked to the School’s and University’s initiatives and goals; and promote an environment that relates contemporary tendencies in design practice to historical, theoretical and critical issues. The Director of Graduate Studies will contribute to interdepartmental initiatives within and outside of the School of Arts and will demonstrate a sincere willingness and ability to work collaboratively with others.
The Director of Graduate Studies will be responsible for developing and teaching design histories, theory and methodologies courses the practice of design writing and criticism. Courses will change as demand requires and could include interdisciplinary classes and teaching PhD students. The Director of Graduate Studies will mentor students, encourage undergraduate and graduate research projects, and support graduate students who may be teaching. The Director of Graduate Studies will be a visionary leader and will actively disseminate creative engagement in design research both nationally and internationally. The Director of Graduate Studies’ scholarly and creative activity should make a contribution to a body of knowledge within the discipline of design and reflect a high standard of quality and competence. The faculty member will be required to have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. The faculty member’s scholarly and creative activities should be consistent with and support the mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University.
- PhD from a design related field.
- Strong record of teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level.
- Extensive record of publishing in design theory and/or criticism.
- Must be well-versed in the concepts driving graphic design research, critique and speculative production, as well as the ability to relate contemporary tendencies in design practice to historical, theoretical and critical issues.
- Faculty member must be a passionate practitioner who models curiosity and rigorous optimistic engagement to students and fellow faculty.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to build consensus and work collaboratively with colleagues and students.
- Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
- Demonstrable interest in developing productive connections across creative disciplines.
- Experience leading, managing and maintaining a Master’s level fine arts degree program in a higher education arts environment.
- Experience evaluating current curriculum and recommending and implementing new curriculum in established graduate and undergraduate programs.
To apply, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs at www.vcujobs.com. Application packages should include a letter outlining your interest in the position (“Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section), a current CV (“Resume” section), teaching philosophy (combine with Letter of Interest and submit in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section), documentation contextualizing research and teaching (combine with Letter of Interest and teaching philosophy and submit in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section) and a list of five current references including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (“Other Document” section). References will not be contacted prior to candidates’ approval. Application materials should be submitted to the attention of Roy McKelvey, Associate Professor and Chair of the search committee. Review of applications begins January 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions about the application process or VCU eJobs, contact Ryan Ellington, Director of Human resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone: 804.828.2787. Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted.
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