Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is in the process of merging its departments of Art and Foundation to create a School of Art and is seeking an accomplished artist/scholar to serve as its first Director. Reporting to the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the new Director will work alongside faculty in defining, implementing, and sustaining a progressive vision of the study and practice of visual arts in the 21st century.
Building on a 110-year history of excellence and innovation, the new School comprises renowned and highly ranked programs in Art Education, Ceramics, History of Art, Illustration, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture. In addition, the School offers many of the foundational courses required for BFA degree -seeking students across the College. The School enrolls more than 200 undergraduate majors and 33 graduate students; additionally, its 27 faculty provide course instruction to students outside the major from across the University. The School of Art operates in the context of a tier 1 research university and is housed within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, composed of the departments of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Design, Drama, and Transmedia, as well as the Setnor School of Music.
The Director will have the opportunity to shape and implement the vision of the School in all aspects of teaching, research and service on a local, national, and international level and will guide and advocate for faculty and students. The Director will also work to develop and sustain new programs and collaborative relations across the college, university, and with outside institutions.
Specifically, the Director has overall responsibility for departmental curricula; faculty hiring, supervision, and professional development (promotion and tenure); student welfare and advisement; resource and facilities management; program review; and recruitment, advancement, and public relations.
*MFA, PhD, or equivalent professional experience
*Distinguished record of creative/scholarly/teaching activities
*Significant administrative experience, ideally in an academic setting
*Deep connections to professional/academic art programs
*Experience developing and sustaining collaborative projects
*Excellent leadership, organizational and communication skills
Syracuse University is a private, coeducational and residential university and plays an integral role in the cultural, social, economic, and educational life of central New York State with close connections to New York City, as well as other major cities in the Northeast. It’s full-time, main campus enrollment of 11,000+ undergraduates and 4,000+ graduate students represent the United States, about 100 foreign countries and varied economic and social backgrounds. For more information on the university, please visit http://www.syr.edu. Syracuse University is an AA/EOE.)
Application instructions: Syracuse University has an online application process. For consideration, candidates must complete an online faculty demographic summary at www.sujobopps.com (job #070829). In addition to the online summary, a letter of application, including a curriculum vitae and a list of references must be attached online. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A fuller description of the position, the Department, and the University can be found at http://vpa.syr.edu Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2014.
Sage Search Partners is assisting Syracuse University with this search. Nominations and applications (letter of interest and resume) may be directed, in confidence, to Paula Fazli, Partner; firstname.lastname@example.org
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