Kinetic Imaging | Assistant Chair

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Position F39940
Full-time, Non-tenure track 12-month position

To apply: Applications are due by Friday, February 10, 2017

About the Department:

The Department of Kinetic Imaging is for motivated students with vivid imaginations and inexhaustible curiosity, attracted to media traditionally referenced as video, sound or animation art. Critical thinking and innovation are vital as these historical definitions are reexamined in the context of ever-evolving media theory and technological possibilities. Students develop the technical skills required for professional work in a variety of media industries, but more importantly, learn critical thinking and observation, creative self-expression, and the application and significance of media being defined in the digital age. Specifically, students learn how to use video, animation, and sound for art creation, self-expression and experimentation while studying alternative video as well as 2D and 3D animation.

About the Opportunity:

The Department of Kinetic Imaging is seeking a dynamic, creative, and experienced Assistant Chair to manage a diverse portfolio of senior-level administrative functions in support of its undergraduate and graduate-level programs. The Assistant Chair will serve as a liaison among students, faculty, and other administrators and will provide leadership for admissions; enrollment; undergraduate and graduate recruitment and retention; curriculum and program development and assessment; student affairs; and course scheduling. The Assistant Chair will support the department’s ongoing development of a strategic plan linked to the School’s and University’s initiatives and goals while promoting an environment that encourages and supports open discourse and the advancement of the discipline through active engagement with the academic and professional community, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Assistant Chair 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 successful applicant will have skills and interests that complement and expand the existing expertise of the faculty and staff in the department. The Assistant Chair will be expected to teach, at the Chair’s discretion, is his or her area of expertise within the discipline.


  • MFA, preferably in the digital arts.
  • Minimum of ten years of teaching experience in an arts program.
  • Demonstrated experience working with emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
  • Appropriate upper-level administrative experience in higher education within an arts program.
  • Demonstrated ability to work strategically, to organize and present ideas, materials, and concepts effectively and to manage deadlines and schedules.
  • Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to build consensus and work collaboratively with colleagues and students.
  • Experience evaluating current curriculum and recommending and implementing new curriculum in established undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Experience developing and implementing student recruitment programs for an arts program.
  • Experience coordinating assessment programs and accreditation review programs.

Application Process:

Submit the following application materials via VCU eJobs at

  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • CV/Resume
    • Include at least four professional references familiar with the applicant’s record as an instructor, and/or creative professional, including names, addresses, and phone numbers—no letters—(references will not be checked prior to candidates’ approval)

Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted. The Cover Letter and Teaching Philosophy should be submitted as one PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs. The CV/Resume, including references, should be submitted as a PDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs.

Applications are due February 10, 2017.

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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