Chair of Department of Art & Design

East Tennessee State University

United States

November 10, 2021


Posting Details Job Title Chair of Department of Art & Design

Department Art and Design - 21050 Pay Grade Job Category Faculty Job Summary

The Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University seeks applications for an outstanding administrator, scholar, and strong advocate for equity and inclusion for the position of Chair. This position will be 12 month, tenure-track, full professor. The Chair will lead a vibrant department that encourages students to challenge the boundaries of Art, Design and Art History. The Chair will coordinate department faculty and staff in achieving the department's programing, current and future goals.

The Department of Art & Design takes a multidisciplinary approach across many areas of study. The department is known for its strong research, innovative teaching, and quality of student work, with 14 tenured or tenure-track faculty, and five staff members. Additionally, the department supports two galleries with vibrant calendars and an exciting schedule of guest artists that connect widely with the community and campus. As a NASAD accredited program, the department offers a BA with concentrations in Studio Art and Art History, BFA in Studio Art, BFA in Graphic Design and MFA in Studio Art. For further details, please see: https: // www. . The university provides opportunities for research support, funding, and development. The position of Chair will begin July 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin November 10, 2021/open until filled.

Equity and Inclusion is at the core of our work at East Tennessee State University. We are intentional about pursuing diversity, developing and building inclusive learning and working environments, and making sure all faculty, staff, and students are respected and welcomed in the Department of Art & Design. We believe all roads—Teaching, Research, and Service—lead to equity and inclusion. Our programming, scholarly activities, and academic offerings reflect our shared commitment to understanding and engaging the world around us. We embrace difference and believe it enriches our academic mission. We seek a chair who shares our vision.

East Tennessee State University has an enrollment of approximately 14,000 students and more than 200 majors and 50 minors in Art & Design. ETSU is located in Johnson City, a city of 67,000 in Northeast Tennessee between the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains. The area offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, enjoys a low cost of living, and boasts a growing artistic community.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

As leader of the department, the Chair:

  • Assumes a leadership role in department governance including administrative operations related to personnel and budget management, curricular scheduling, programming, and development.
  • Advocates for the department to the university and maintains effective liaisons with campus and regional partners.
  • Supports a departmental vision, in collaboration with faculty, that reflects the educational, research, and service values of the department in the context of the College's and University's academic visions.
  • Strives to maintain positive and productive working relationships, both inside and outside of the department. Acts in stewardship of students on an individual, departmental and programmatic level, including the development of effective advising and assessment activities.
  • Fosters and promotes the funding, productivity and visibility of an active faculty and staff within a department that includes a diverse array of degrees, areas of study, and facilities.
  • Encourages interdisciplinary programing within the department and with other academic programs.
  • Supports curricular innovation and excellence in teaching.
  • For a more thorough overview of chair roles and responsibilities please refer to: https: // www.

    Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree in a field recognized within the relevant disciplines.
  • A significant, demonstrable and active record of research, scholarship, teaching and service.
  • Credentials and achievements appropriate to and commensurate for appointment or hire at the rank of full professor.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of studio practice and art historical pedagogy, academic and creative research, and the valuable relationship of art history and the study of studio art and design.
  • Evidence of administrative experience with a complex budget.
  • A demonstrable commitment to excellence in leadership and development in teaching, research and service that continues the department's mission of building, supporting and strengthening an inclusive, equitable, and diverse scholarly environment.
  • Experience in constructively assessing faculty teaching, research and service.
  • Experience with the process of accreditation such as National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Experience with curriculum issues and articulating department policies.
  • Ability to engage in constructive problem-solving and consensus building.
  • Demonstrated evidence of the ability to work collaboratively within a university environment.
  • Review of applications will begin November 10, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


    Posting Number F00451P

    Is this position subject to a criminal background check? No Is any part of the funding for this posting coming from a grant or outside funding source? No Open Date 10/07/2021 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

    Please upload a portfolio of up to 15 images of professional/personal or 3-5 examples of scholarly research as related to applicant's discipline to SlideRoom at: https: //

    Transcripts must be submitted to be considered for review. Unofficial transcripts or a copy of the transcript is acceptable for application purposes. Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

    The closing date for this posting is subject to change without notice to applicants. All positions at East Tennessee State University are contingent upon sufficient funding.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Provide demonstrated record of your commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion and willingness to lead the department toward incorporating multi-cultural and multi-perspective experiences in their interactions with students, faculty, and the community.
  • (Open Ended Question)

    Documents Needed To Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research
  • Philosophy of Leadership
  • Optional Documents

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