Pennsylvania State University — Director, School of Visual Arts

Director, School of Visual Arts

The School of Visual Arts at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park Campus) invites applications for the Director of the Penn State School of Visual Arts. This is a 48-week position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. Reporting to the Dean, the Director works closely with the Assistant Director, the academic leadership of the School (Art Education, Digital Art, Photography, and Studio), the graduate program officers in Art Education and Studio Art, and the Faculty Leadership and Governance Council. The ideal candidate will work with existing faculty and staff to lead the School of Visual Arts through the clear articulation and implementation of a vision in coordination with the strategic plans of a Research-1 university, college, and school. The Director will facilitate the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of the school, college, and university. The Director will foster a culture of excellence and achievement in the scholarship of research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and service to the institution, community, and profession. The Director is the budget administrator for the School of Visual Arts and therefore is responsible for oversight of the School's budget, which includes faculty travel and student scholarship funding. The Director will mentor tenured and untenured faculty through the promotion and tenure process, conduct annual reviews of faculty (tenure track and fixed-term), staff reviews, facilities, accreditation, recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students, curriculum development and assessment, and online course curricula. The Director will develop relationships with donors and alumni and will work with the dean and the Advancement Office in fundraising and alumni activities. The Director will work closely with the recruitment and advising personnel in the school and college to conduct ongoing and successful recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students, and will collaborate with the admissions team in the school and college to advocate and participate in events, both undergraduate and graduate, including the execution of a national recruitment plan. We seek a dynamic and accomplished leader whose scholarship of research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and service are grounded in one or more of the areas represented in the School of Visual Arts—Art Education, Ceramics, Digital Art and Media Design, Drawing and Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture—or a related area. We are interested in candidates who will lead the School of Visual Arts with a vision that includes innovative possibilities for the visual arts with respect to studio practice, digital arts and multimedia technology, community-based art practice, inclusive socially relevant art education in schools and communities, and sustainable practices. We seek a leader who will inspire and encourage students, and faculty to pursue efforts and achievements in contemporary visual art and art education in national and international spaces. The Director of the School of Visual Arts should encourage collegiality and be an advocate for the visual arts across campus and beyond through efforts in curriculum development, outreach, and socially relevant research and creative activity. The ideal candidate will also have experience with online courses and the development, revision, and assessment of online courses and programs.

Required Qualifications: A terminal degree in visual art or art education (MFA, Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent) or a related field. Full Professor; Tenured (or equivalent experience). College-level teaching experience required. Three years leadership or administrative experience within a department, school, or program. Demonstrated success in securing external funding. Working closely with development officers to secure funding/gifts/endowments. Demonstrated record of national or international achievement, excellence, and impact in research and/or creative activity, teaching, and/or professional service or outreach. Demonstrated commitment to inter-, cross-, and/or trans-disciplinary collaboration in research, creative activity, teaching, and/or service within and beyond the university. Evidence of on-going research, scholarly and/or creative activities. Commitment to furthering diversity, equity, inclusion, and retention efforts within the School and across the college. Excellent communication, presentation, and organizational skills. Preferred Qualifications: National and international recognition in research, creative activity, teaching, or outreach. Experience revising and/or developing new courses, degree programs, and minors. Familiarity with online teaching, course development, and program management. Experience with personnel management and oversight of direct reports. Experience mentoring junior faculty and graduate students. The Pennsylvania State University: Founded in 1855, The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is one of the premier research universities in the world and a driver of economic growth and prosperity for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With 24 campuses throughout Pennsylvania, Penn State is the Commonwealth's only land-grant institution and represents a strong economic engine across the state. Granted the highest rating for research universities by the Carnegie Foundation, Penn State prepares students to be leaders with a global perspective. With more than 6,400 full-time faculty and more than 160 baccalaureate degree programs, Penn State is a comprehensive academic institution with a $6.5 billion annual operating budget. It enrolls approximately 98,000 students in one University on 24 campuses and online. At the University Park campus, degree programs are administered in 12 colleges: Agricultural Sciences, Arts and Architecture, Business, Communications, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Information Sciences and Technology, the Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science. Learn more about The Pennsylvania State University:

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. As a land grant university, Penn State is responsible for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined will all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC. The College of Arts and Architecture: Founded in 1963, Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture is a comprehensive arts community including academic programs in music, theatre, visual arts, art education, graphic design, art history, architecture and landscape architecture. The College is home to approximately 200 full-time faculty, 60 part-time faculty, and 120 full-time staff. The College of Arts and Architecture is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines, along with community engagement in its programs. Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture is a comprehensive Research 1 institution with approximately 1,200 undergraduate and 260 graduate students and housed in sixteen buildings at University Park. To learn more about the College of Arts and Architecture: The Penn State School of Visual Arts: The Penn State School of Visual Arts is a place where creative and critical thinkers, makers, and educators shape awareness about what is possible and, in doing so, change the way our world is seen, experienced, and understood. Our visual arts and design programs enable individuals and communities to respond imaginatively to the continuous rush of social and cultural change through exploration, expression and communication that takes place in a multiplicity of ideas, forms, actions, and settings. The School of Visual Arts is accredited by NASAD and has an annual operating budget of ~$4M. The director has over 100 reports (tenure track, multi-year fixed term, and adjunct faculty; graduate students; administrative and professional staff, and wage payroll hires). The school is comprised of five broad programs: Art Education, Photography, Studio Art, Digital Art and Media Design, and Digital Multimedia Design (online) that offer eight on-campus degrees: five undergraduate; three graduate; two minors, one post-baccalaureate certification; one online undergraduate degree, and one online certificate. The School is housed physically in six buildings and facilities include a shop, exhibition spaces, and galleries including the Zoller Gallery, the Patterson Gallery, and a student-run gallery. The School hosts a lively visiting artist program, the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, which brings in nationally renowned artists for lectures, workshops and critiques. It also features The SoVA Studio for Sustainability and Social Action (S3A), a new initiative dedicated to sustainability and a moral call to social action through artistic practice. Additional interactions and creative collaborations take place across the College with the Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI), the Borland Project Space (BPS), and the Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design (C-PAD). The School also benefits from close proximity to The Palmer Museum of Art, and is part of the Campus Arts Initiative, a project that extends across all of the Penn State campuses. For more information, visit Inquiries about the position should contact

Application Procedure: All applications should include a cv (with the names of at least four referees), letter of application, and statement of current research. The letter of application should speak to the candidate's perspectives on fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in their instruction and in how they assist in creating a collegial environment for their students and colleagues. Please provide a link to your professional website within the letter. Applications received by April 1, 2020 will be assured full consideration. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Patricia Kucker at Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.

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