Department Head of Art
Application Deadline: October 15, 2022
About Arkansas Tech:
Arkansas Tech University is a public, comprehensive, regional university that was established by Act 100 of the 37th Arkansas General Assembly in 1909. ATU offers credentials and degrees at the technical certification, associate, baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral levels. The university operates campuses in Russellville and Ozark as well as Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC). Home to almost 10,000 students, ATU offers stackable credentials and multiple entry points to higher education. In all, Arkansas Tech offers more than 100 programs of study, including many of the most sought-after four-year baccalaureate programs among college freshmen -- business, engineering, physical and biological sciences, the social sciences and teacher education. Pre-professional programs prepare ATU students to become doctors, dentists, lawyers, pharmacists, physical therapists and veterinarians. For more information about Arkansas Tech University and the surrounding community, please visit our website at www.atu.edu/hr to find our “Live Here” informational resources.
The department head has both faculty and administrative duties. Faculty duties include teaching, scholarship, and service. The department is administered by the department head. As an administrator, the department head is responsible for implementing university policies and procedures at the department level. The department head, who reports to the dean of the college, works in cooperation with the faculty to ensure quality in educational delivery and compliance with state and national accreditation standards. This is a full-time, twelve-month position.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Responsibilities of the department head include the following:
Providing key leadership in the hiring process
Leading the department in promotion and tenure decisions
Leading program assessment and curriculum development within the department.
Overseeing the administration of course scheduling, student recruitment, budgeting, and advising.
Supervising department staff and faculty.
Leading college diversity initiatives.
Representing the department within the university and the community.
Working collegially with faculty, academic program directors, and other administrators.
Encouraging a creative and engaging environment for students, faculty, and staff.
Engaging in scholarly and teaching activities.
Encouraging and facilitating shared governance.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
The department head must demonstrate precision and organization to perform all necessary position responsibilities and duties, and must have the ability to manage and work with a diverse group of staff, faculty, and administrators. The position requires terminal degree (doctorate or 60-hour MFA), tenure at the associate or full professor rank, and administrative experience.
• Knowledge – understanding of academic department personnel and culture
• Skills – organization, diplomacy, leadership, team-building, writing, oral communication
• Abilities – collegial, calm, creative, decisive
Earned Ph.D. or MFA (60 hour) in Art and professional accomplishments appropriate for faculty appointment at the rank of tenured associate or full professor
Proven record of effective teaching, scholarship, and service
Teaching emphasis should be compatible with current department curriculum and scheduling needs
Collaborative management style that fosters trust, respect, and successful working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administrators
Demonstrated skills in communication, both written and oral
Demonstrated leadership skills in building collaborative relationships
Commitment to the development of innovative teaching and instructional technologies.
Ability to envision new opportunities for the department.
Evidence of curriculum development, student recruitment, assessment, grant writing, fund-raising, and/or budgeting
Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse groups and populations;
Commitment to solve problems, address conflicts in a constructive manner, and resolve complex personnel issues
Demonstration of emotional intelligence and integrity in leadership roles
Experience with digital art and/or graphics
Experience with National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) standards
Work Location, Environment & Physical Demands:
This position is located in the Norman Building, Room 104. This position is assigned a desk, computer and phone. Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse (70%); required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work (15%). Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds (15%). Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals. Regular inspection and use of art studio equipment. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. Frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule with early morning, evening and/or weekend work may be required. Environment is considered a high stress level relative to the case load received.
What to Submit:
Cover letter, vitae, copies of transcripts, list of three references, 10-20 examples of your students' and your own work (please provide URL or portfolio link).
To be considered for the Department Head of Art position, all applications must be received and processed through our applicant tracking system, Cornerstone, prior to the closing date of October 15, 2022 before 6:00 pm central time.
Please go to https://atu.csod.com/ats/careersite/search.aspx?site=1&c=atu to apply now.
This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
Arkansas Tech University is an AA/EOE employer committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.