Painting + Printmaking | Chair

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Position F17190
Full-time, 12-month tenure-eligible position beginning July 1, 2017, at the rank of Associate or full Professor.
Application Deadline: For full consideration, applications are due by January 6, 2017.

The Opportunity:

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) is seeking a dynamic chairperson to lead the Department of Painting + Printmaking ( This program is a recognized leader in visual arts education and ranked #7 in the country, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report’s graduate ranking. Artists working in painting, printmaking, or related critical/theoretical disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have proven administrative skills and be conversant with contemporary art issues, critical theory, and contemporary studio practice. In addition to articulating a vision for the department, the Chair will be an equitable administrator and an enthusiastic advocate for the department, and must possess the interpersonal skills to work with a large and diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The Chair will broaden participation among members of underrepresented groups, and will encourage research, teaching, and / or public engagement that demonstrates the richness of diversity in the learning experience and will integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools. Good humor, flexibility, and passion for developing a dynamic, forward-thinking program are a must.

In addition to daily administrative decisions, the Chair will maintain, in concert with the faculty, an environment conducive to open discourse and the advancement of the discipline. The department offers BFA and MFA degrees; there are over 130 undergraduate students and 15 graduate students in the department. The program is staffed with 9 full time artist faculty members and numerous adjuncts who teach courses in their area of specialization.

The Department of Painting + Printmaking offers, located in the Fine Arts Building, offers courses in painting, printmaking, drawing, theory, technology and new media. The world-class visiting artist program brings students in contact with the most important artists of our time. The department’s painting facilities support both analog and digital approaches to studio practice and are large, natural light-filled, and have ceilings averaging 12 feet and up. Printmaking facilities are available for intaglio, relief, lithography, digital, and screenprinting. The Fine Arts Building also houses the departments of Sculpture + Extended Media, Craft/Material Studies, and Kinetic Imaging’s Graduate studios, giving students constant opportunities for conversation and collaboration. VCUarts and the Department of Painting + Printmaking also have vital and exciting connections across VCU’s campus. Numerous cross-campus and interdisciplinary networks thrive with the School of Engineering, the College of Humanities and Sciences, the School of Business and more. These relationships offer our students opportunities and an atmosphere for truly interdisciplinary/inter-media approaches to artistic studies.

The School of the Arts ( is comprised of over 3,000 students and 16 nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts. US News & World Report ranks VCUarts as the top public university art and design school in the nation. Located in Richmond, the capital of Virginia, VCU is an ethnically and culturally diverse urban institution composed of three campuses. More than 30,000 students attend VCU; each year the university awards approximately 4,000 degrees. The 75-acre Monroe Park Campus is situated in Richmond’s historic Fan District. The school’s newest facility, the recently renovated Depot Building, houses a state of the art sound studio with motion capture capabilities, a 6,000 sq. ft. interdisciplinary research space and the new student art gallery. The new VCU Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl, is poised to open in 2017, and will be dedicated to flexible and responsive exhibitions and performances that examine art, design, and performance from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives ( VCUarts is within walking distance to the Richmond Arts District and the nationally-recognized Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one mile from campus. VCUQatar (, the university’s first international branch campus, is located in Doha, Qatar and serves students from more than 25 nationalities in design, visual arts, and art history. The 51-acre Medical College of Virginia Campus is located two miles east in the financial, commercial and governmental district of downtown Richmond.

Virginia Commonwealth University receives more than $250 million in annual research funding and is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive institution. It is one of the nation’s top research universities, and is one of only three such universities in Virginia. VCU’s teaching, research, public service and patient care mission supports full-time and part-time students and faculty of diverse backgrounds.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Teaching in his/her area of expertise will be expected, providing a forum for direct interaction with students in creative/academic contexts, affording opportunities to model scholarship within the department;
  • Maintain an active studio practice;
  • Build collaborative relationships across all university departments, while being flexible and able to work in a team environment with the potential to develop new strategies for programming;
  • Articulate a vision for the department;
  • Serve as an advocate for faculty, students, and the fields of painting and printmaking;
  • Promote excellence in teaching, creativity, research, and community engagement;
  • Thoughtfully inspire and evaluate faculty in the areas of teaching, research and service, including mentoring new and current faculty and guiding faculty through the promotion and tenure process;
  • Oversight for all areas of department administration, to include finance, recruitment and admissions, course scheduling, personnel, facilities and equipment; and other duties as assigned;
  • Engage nationally and internationally with alumni;
  • Fundraising;
  • Collaboration with the School’s admissions team including the execution of a national recruitment plan.


  • A significant national or international exhibition record and/or scholarly resume;
  • MFA or equivalent is required;
  • A minimum of five years teaching experience plus administrative experience is preferred;
  • Demonstrated competence in creating a trusting and inclusive culture, experience recruiting, hiring, and retaining under-represented faculty and staff, and leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion among all students, faculty and staff;
  • Proven administrative skills;
  • The Chair will 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;
  • The Chair must have a well-developed scholarly, creative or professional portfolio with the potential for multi-disciplinary applications and interest in developing external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department;
  • Experience developing and leading in a highly ambitious and collegial team environment;
  • Excellent time management and communication skills; adept at speaking to large audiences.

Application Instructions:

Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at

  • Letter of Interest that conveys relevant academic and professional experience and describes experiences and/or professional service that inform world views and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability;
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Examples of professional work in the form of 10 medium-size jpegs (approximately 300 kb per image). Referral to a web page or other online resource that documents professional work is acceptable.
  • List of five professional references including names with titles and contact information (references will not be checked prior to candidates’ approval)

Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted.

The Letter of Interest should be submitted as a PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs; the CV + documentation of professional work, or referral to a web page, should be submitted as a PDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs; and the list of References should be submitted as a PDF in the “Other Document” section of eJobs.

For full consideration, applications are due by January 6, 2017.

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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.

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