Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University — School Director – School of Art

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and Arizona State University (ASU) seek a Director of the School of Art. The director will provide innovative, aspirational leadership for the school’s vital participation in ASU’s vision for a New American University: a reinvention of higher education in which artists and arts-based inquiry are core values within the nation’s largest public university and global research institution. The director will lead the school to prepare a new generation of artists, art historians, museum professionals, and educators from diverse backgrounds to be socially aware, critically thinking global citizens who strive to bring about positive change in society by using their creative capacities to advance culture, build community and imaginatively address today’s most pressing challenges.

The director of the School of Art reports to the Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and is one of six directors in the Institute. The School of Art director position is a full-time, fiscal-year administrative appointment, with a preferred start date of July 1, 2022. The appointment type and academic rank will be based on experience and qualifications.

About ASU
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution fundamentally and simultaneously committed to exemplary academic performance, exceptionally broad student access and diversity, and local and global social impact. As the New American University, ASU promotes excellence in research and among its students, faculty and staff, believes in the value of ready access to its educational resources, and encourages engagement with communities to positively impact social and economic development. With more than 80,000 students, the university encourages intellectual and cultural diversity, welcoming students from all 50 states and more than 120 nations worldwide. Built around intellectual fusion, the university invests in collaborative teams that accelerate human-centered solutions addressing the largest and most challenging social problems of our time. For more information, visit president.asu.edu/about/asucharter.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Art
The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University prepares students for the creative and critical challenges of the global 21st century. Students are taught and mentored in an environment that values innovation, excellence and affordability. Our faculty’s active research allows us to offer a number of specialties unique to ASU and the Southwest region. The School of Art has programs ranked nationally in the top 9, and our MFA program is ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report. Our facilities support a full range of artistic experimentation and exchange and include four public galleries. Our ties with the vibrant surrounding arts community are strong and include numerous internship opportunities and a robust visiting artist/scholar lecture series. For more information, visit art.asu.edu.

The School of Art has approximately 1,800 undergraduate and 81 graduate students (42 MFA, 23 MA, 16PhD), 42 tenure/tenure track faculty, 17 clinical/lecturer/instructors, 100+ faculty associates, and 16 staff members. The school is ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, with two of the school’s undergraduate programs ranking among the nation’s highest: 4th in ceramics and 6th in photography. The School of Art maintains four galleries: Harry Wood Gallery, Step Gallery, Gallery 100 and the Northlight Gallery. Exhibitions of student work as well as curated national and international exhibitions draw visitors from throughout the community. Our program spans 11 buildings and two campuses. Grant Street Studios, a 40,000 square-foot studio space located in downtown Phoenix, houses the MFA studios as well as Northlight Gallery and the Step Gallery. This newly renovated warehouse in downtown Phoenix provides purpose-built facilities for all of the MFA studio areas, creating a strong sense of community and collaboration across the studio disciplines. The building’s proximity to the downtown arts district has led to increased interchange between the School of Art and the larger Phoenix art world.

The Director
ASU, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the School of Art seek a visionary director with a broad perspective and record of innovative thought and creation. The new director will lead faculty, staff and students in shaping the future of artistic and scholarly work through inventive and inclusive curricula, field-defining research, and globally renowned programs. We seek an individual who recognizes the complexity of the School of Art, who understands, values and connects with emerging scholarship and creative work in a wide range of fields represented in the school, and who can engage with the community, the Institute, and the university in common purpose. This inspirational leader will have demonstrated success in mentorship and professional development of diverse emerging artists and scholars and a zest for promoting research, creative work, and collaboration. The new director will help the School of Art continue to realize our mission of serving students by building a culture of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion where all can succeed.

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in an appropriate discipline; or equivalent distinguished academic or professional experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in education and the visual arts professions;
  • Demonstrated scholarly, creative, or professional accomplishment that is recognized nationally and internationally;
  • Demonstrated administrative ability coupled with the ability to delegate, prioritize and make timely, transparent and well-considered decisions.

Desired Qualifications

  • Passion and support for research in the diverse disciplines represented in the School of Art, and sensitivity to the unique needs of a diverse community of practicing professionals;
  • Evidence of a track record of recruitment, advocacy, promotion, and advancement of diverse faculty, staff, and students;
  • Demonstrated support for traditional and emerging technologies and the development of leading edge curricula;
  • Experience as a leader with skills in collaborative practice, open communication, arts advocacy, fiscal planning, and development activities in a complex organizational setting.

Please submit:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A letter of interest addressing the position description
  3. A one-page diversity statement including concrete examples of the candidate’s work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion
  4. A two-page statement that includes three to five compelling issues or challenges for the School of Art and artists and scholars in contemporary society
  5. A portfolio of three pieces of creative and/or research publication work submitted electronically via upload to Interfolio or via a downloadable link or website (file size limit 100MB)
  6. Contact information for three to five references

Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.

All applications must be submitted electronically via apply.interfolio.com/98554.

Application Deadline:
The application deadline is December 31, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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