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Director, School of Art

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 17, 2022

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Director, School of Art

Location: School of Art
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606719
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working towards NAU 2025 - Elevating Excellence.

Special Information

This is a full-time, benefit-eligible, 12-month administrative faculty position located in Flagstaff, AZ. Academic rank and appointment type commensurate with qualifications and academic experience.

Job Description

The School of Art at Northern Arizona University seeks a dynamic, creative, collaborative, and dedicated leader/artist/educator to serve as Director, commencing on July 1, 2023.

The Director will provide inclusive leadership that advances School of Art degree programs, promotes faculty input and shared faculty governance across academic ranks, and advances the profile of the department. We seek an individual who recognizes the complexity of the School of Art, who understands, values and connects with emerging scholarship and creative work in the wide range of fields represented in the school, and who can engage and collaborate with the community and the university. The candidate should also understand the unique needs and operations of facilities that house art-specific equipment for studio classes, art education and interior design, and demonstrate support for traditional and emerging technologies. While the specialization is open, we seek a candidate whose creative practice and teaching interests complement our current strengths and can contribute to one of the disciplines represented in the School of Art. The Director also oversees the Beasley Gallery. Teaching responsibilities include one course per year

The School of Art currently houses three degree programs: BFA in Studio Art (with emphases in Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking, and New Media), BS Art Education, and BS Interior Design. These programs are all delivered in Flagstaff, AZ. The Interior Design program is also delivered in Scottsdale, AZ. The School of Art currently has 22 full-time (tenure-track, tenured, and non-tenure track) faculty, several part-time faculty members, and one program assistant. The School of Art serves over 700 majors and minors, and contributes to the General Studies program through its Art Foundations courses.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in one of the disciplines represented in the School of Art, or a relevant field, by time of appointment.
  • 1 year of demonstrated leadership experience in an academic unit or equivalent arts organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated academic leadership and administrative experience, including a commitment to transparency and faculty/student advocacy, and strong communication, listening, and organizational skills.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching in one of the disciplines represented in the School at the undergraduate level, or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of an active creative practice/research agenda, including recent exhibitions (national/international), publications or projects.
  • Evidence of experience with budget management, fiscal planning, development, fundraising activities and/or grant writing.
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to working with diverse populations on campus and in the community.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience and academic qualifications.


This is an Administrative Faculty (ADF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of vacation, sick leave accruals, and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Administrative Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable annually according to the terms of offer. Upon completion of the administrative assignment, employees will return to the faculty role, renewable according to the Conditions of Faculty Service. Academic year (9 month) faculty do not accrue vacation. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.
NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606719, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Applications MUST be submitted via this online process, others will not be accepted for consideration. Please attach the following either as a single or multiple PDFs:
  • Letter of interest addressing the job description
  • Curriculum vitae including professional website link, if applicable
  • Names and contact information for five references
  • A two-page statement addressing your teaching philosophy, creative process, and administrative approach
  • A one-page statement including concrete examples that highlight your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or your plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Art and at NAU
  • A PDF portfolio (file size limit is 100 MB) containing five pieces of creative work or two research publications

Additional materials may be requested of finalists selected for an interview.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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