The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.
Western Carolina University seeks a collaborative and creative leader for the position of Director of the School of Art and Design (SOAD). The Director will help to craft a creative vision and mission to guide all programs in the school into the future. Duties include leading a diverse and accomplished faculty in BFA (emphasis in Studio Art, Art Education, and Graphic Design), BS in Interior Design, BA (Bachelor of Art), and MFA (Master of Fine Art) programs; mentoring and evaluating faculty and staff; and creating a stimulating, supportive, diverse, and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff. This is a 12-month tenure track faculty position at either the Associate or Full Professor rank with an anticipated begin work date of early to mid-Summer 2023. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire. Rank will be determined at point of hire.
The ideal candidate will be skilled and experienced in directing change based on the input of students, faculty, staff, and the community. The Director will be committed to equitably developing the academic and creative potential of faculty and students in all of the school's disciplines and be a proven innovator in curriculum development, financing, organization, governance, and community engagement. As the public face of the school, the Director will make connections on campus and beyond the university to strengthen the school's financial foundation and develop its artistic and academic profiles.
The Director will serve on the leadership team of the David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts. To advance the goals of the Belcher College and the School of Art and Design, the Director will serve as a link between the College and the School in realizing strategic plans, budget requests, and other long- and short-term goals.
The Director will assist in serving as facilities and emergency management coordinator for School of Art and Design spaces. In addition to the duties noted in this position announcement, the Director is expected to represent the School at functions such as exhibition openings, visiting artist lectures, and community events.
College and School Description: The David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts is the creative showcase for the University. The School of Art and Design, School of Music, School of Stage and Screen, and Bardo Arts Center offer educational opportunities to a wide variety of students and the larger community. The Belcher College is an inclusive and welcoming artistic and educational community. The College's Diversity Statement can be found here. Through musical performances, theatre, dance, film, and the visual arts, the Belcher College is a unique and highly visible source of cultural enrichment that reaches far beyond the University community. Scholarship and creative activity are integral to the mission of the College. The processes of creative thought and activity demonstrated by its faculty and students provide a lasting and sustainable contribution to the life of the mind and spirit. This role challenges the Belcher College to reveal and explore avenues of human expression in forms unique to the arts, and to seek innovative and integrated means for faculty and students to discover and create art which expresses both personal and community values.
The programs in the School of Art and Design focus on working with students to carve out their place in the larger cultural landscape in which imagining the unknown and the unknowable is sustained and primary. We place high value on creativity, critical thinking, project development, community engagement and collaboration, as well as mastery of technique and craftsmanship. In our programs students discover a faculty of practitioners with a diverse range of creative capabilities working alongside our students. The faculty brings to the studio and classroom a commitment to the process of innovation and skill building as well as their range of experience as makers, collaborators, and researchers. Our well-equipped facilities, robust national visiting artist program, university research outlets, and partnerships with regional and national cultural institutions all contribute in supporting the individual and collective growth of our students. This prepares them to be competent, globally-minded individuals capable of engaging and collaborating with professionals in a wide variety of fields and cultural contexts, to assume the challenges of our times.
Completed MFA, PhD, or in exceptional circumstances nationally or internationally recognized scholarly and professional recognition (academic, industry, etc.) in fields directly related to School programs and commensurate with the leadership position;
Demonstrated record of supporting diverse students and colleagues and active participation in efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging;
Three years minimum of administrative leadership in related School programs, including budget oversight and faculty or student evaluation;
Five years minimum of college or university teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate levels in related School programs;
Demonstrated knowledge of technologies, emerging trends, and social media in related School programs.
Leadership experience in administrative areas at a Liberal Arts institution such as planning; budgeting; grant writing; student, faculty, and staff recruiting; strategic planning; faculty, staff, and curricular assessment; professional accreditation such as NASAD and CIDA; and professional development of faculty and staff;
Scholar, artist, or designer with significant scholarly, studio, or professional practice and potential to add to current and future curricular/program discipline offerings;
Tenured Associate or Full Professor at originating institution;
Open and communicative leadership style;
Commitment to working creatively and collaboratively across all disciplines/programs in the school, with colleagues across the college and campus, and with regional partners;
Work with on-campus and regional partners to promote creative placemaking, creative research, community service, entrepreneurship, and engaged teaching;
Familiarity with the Boyer model of scholarship.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Application must be made on-line. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review. Candidates must include the following attachments to their primary application form:
Cover letter addressing qualifications detailed throughout the position summary
One- to two-page statement detailing efforts to create a more Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive professional environment
Curriculum vitae or résumé
Unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree
PDF or link to a website presenting examples of professional work or scholarship
PDF or a link to a website presenting examples of personally supervised student work
Names, phone numbers, and email addresses for five professional references.
For additional information or questions contact Dr. Andrew Adams, search committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.