Department Head, Art

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 02, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

About the Department

The Art Department at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) has 14 full-time faculty, six part-time faculty, and approximately 300 majors pursuing BA degrees in Studio Art, Art Education, and Art History, as well as BFA degrees in Art with concentrations in Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Media Art, and Sculpture. The department's faculty and staff enjoy a reputation as dedicated, hard-working, engaged, and collegial with an active record of research and dissemination. UTC is an accredited member institution of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The Art Department is housed in the newly renovated Fine Arts Center (2020) and in the recently renovated Bretske Hall (2014). These facilities house Mac computer labs, junior and senior studio spaces, a darkroom, a lighting studio, a wood and metals shop, seminar and lecture rooms for art history, and studio classrooms for graphic design, painting and drawing, sculpture, photography and media arts, and foundations.

The Fine Arts Center also houses the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at UTC, the first ICA in the state of Tennessee that will be inaugurated in Spring 2021. The ICA at UTC operates in conjunction with and in support of the Department of Art. The ICA is led by a full-time curator and director who coordinates an ambitious contemporary program of exhibitions and events. The department also programs The Apothecary, an experimental student-run gallery located within walking distance of the department's primary facilities.

With the support of a full-time administrative assistant and an associate head, the department head manages and leads the Department of Art, teaches in an area of expertise within the department, engages in and promotes scholarship and service, and maintains internal and external constituent relationships.

Position Summary

The Department Head is a permanent 12-month appointment—appointed by the Dean with the support of departmental faculty and staff. The head manages and leads the Department of Art, teaches a 1-1 load in an area of expertise within the department, engages in and promotes scholarship, engages in and promotes service, and maintains internal and external constituent relationships. The head reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and serves at the discretion of the Dean. Working with departmental faculty and staff, the Head will work toward broadening participation among members of underrepresented groups, supporting the integration of inclusive perspectives into the culture and curriculum of the department.

Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree in an arts-related field, demonstrated experience working in the one of the department's primary program areas (Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Media Arts, Sculpture, Art History, Art Education), and a minimum of 10 years of professional work experience in higher education instruction. The position will be appointed as a tenured full professor in the department and the candidate must meet the minimum qualifications for rank and tenure as established in the UT Chattanooga Faculty Handbook .

Preferred Qualifications

Administrative leadership experience as department head or director, program coordinator, or equivalent experience. Experience with NASAD accreditation and art education licensure. The UTC Department of Art embraces an equitable and inclusive environment that meaningfully supports underrepresented students and faculty. Ideal candidates will demonstrate an integral commitment to anti-racism, decolonialism, and/or feminism demonstrated in teaching, service, and administrative practices. We are especially interested in applications from members of under-represented groups including but not limited to women, persons of color, LGBTQ+, gender-nonconforming individuals, first generation college graduates, and people with disabilities.

Summary of Job Duties

  • Provide effective leadership in facilitating the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of the Department consistent with those of the College and University.
  • Teach courses in area of expertise (1-1 load).
  • Annual faculty/staff evaluations within the department, providing appropriate and timely feedback.
  • Oversee program assessment and reporting.
  • Develop and submit annual goals and reports to Dean.
  • Work with the University's Development Office to advocate for program support.
  • Collaborate with faculty in steering curriculum development.
  • Develop and manage departmental budget and financial resources.
  • Delegate/allocate service responsibilities in an effective and equitable manner to meet the needs of faculty, students, the department, and the college.
  • Facilitate recruitment and retention of a diverse group of highly qualified and motivated faculty and staff.
  • Provide mentoring and support for professional development.
  • Facilitate departmental meetings.
  • Facilitate recruitment and retention of a diverse student population.
  • Maintain professional and ethical standards in administration of duties.
  • Engage in professional and scholarly research.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough disciplinary and instructional knowledge within candidate's area of expertise.
  • Ability to provide collaborative leadership and foster collegial decision-making.
  • Ability to prioritize and plan work activities; use time efficiently; and develop realistic action plans.
  • Ability to connect and engage with diverse groups on campus and in the wider community.
  • Ability to work in a quality-focused academic environment with excellent organizational and detail-oriented skills in a professional manner.
  • Ability to develop students' personal vision, style, and innovation in ways that respect diverse voices, perspectives, aesthetic values, and experiences.
  • Experience with student outcomes assessment.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Applications must include the following content submitted as three separate PDF files.

PDF 1:

  • Cover letter serving as an executive summary (approximately two pages)
  • CV
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Statement on diversity (addressing the topics in the preferred qualifications)
  • Statement on administrative leadership
  • Statement on scholarship or creative research
  • Contact information for three references

PDF 2: 10 samples of personal work, appropriately labeled

OR two excerpts of original publications (such as a scholarly article or book chapter) at a maximum length of 5000 words each.

PDF 3: Examples of effective pedagogy in the applicant's primary discipline. Examples might include but are not limited to: 10 examples of student work, 2-5 examples of student writing, examples of student mentorship, etc.

Applications and files must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career site. Each of the 3 files must be attached separately and may not exceed 5 megabytes in size per file. Review of applications will begin November 1st and continue until the position is filled. Appointment begins August 01, 2021.

Inquiries may be made to Andrew McCarthy, Chair, Art Department Head Search Committee.

About the University

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second-largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. Chattanooga is home to the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and Chattanooga African American Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the ICA at UTC, Stoveworks, the Barking Legs Theatre, and benefits from a well-supported city Public Art program and Commission, and artist-run spaces like VERSA Gallery. Chattanooga is also just a two-hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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