Director of the School of Art and Professor: Texas Tech University, J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, School of Art

The School of Art, within the Texas Tech University J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, seeks applications and nominations for a visionary leader as Director of the School of Art at the rank of tenured, full professor. The ideal candidate will lead a thriving program that exemplifies the highest standards of a creative, multi-faceted, and scholarly community. The successful candidate will begin service in this full-time position at the beginning of the 2020 fall semester.

Qualifications: Terminal degree in Art or equivalent professional experience, related programmatic leadership and administrative experience, and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor. A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations. Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to outreach. Service to the department, college, and university is expected. Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding (where appropriate) and who have the proven capacity, or clear potential, to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will: 

  1. be conversant in and able to navigate diverse disciplines such as graphic design, art history, art education, studio arts, and a unique PhD in interdisciplinary studies while fostering cross-disciplinary endeavors within the school and the TCVPA college, among disparate colleges at TTU, and with American and international institutions of higher education.

  2. demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the study and practice of art, scholarly rigor, shared governance, collegiality, a willingness to engage faculty in strategic planning and decision-making

  3. integrate cutting-edge technology to advance and shape School of Art programming

  4. recruit, retain, and advise a diverse, inclusive and supportive faculty cohort and graduate and undergraduate student body

  5. promote and market the School of Art regionally, nationally, and internationally 

  6. provide executive financial oversight of the School of Art, including a comprehensive understanding of the budget and other resource allocations in support of the School’s mission, vision, and strategic planning, in addition to being able to recommend strategies to expand and contract that budget as demanded by enrollment and the financial abilities of the State, University, and College

  7. demonstrate outstanding verbal, written, electronic, and interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups in a wide variety of contexts 

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Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin October 1