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Chair of Art Department

Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 26, 2023

Position Title
Chair of Art Department

Tenure Status

Position Number

Art - 265050

Minimum Qualifications
  • A terminal degree in one of the disciplines represented in the department
  • A record of excellence in teaching, research, and service commensurate with the rank of a tenured faculty member
  • Previous administrative experience with demonstrated leadership success at the program level or above
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience and demonstrated success in budget management
  • Evidence of commitment to creating and sustaining a socially just and equitable culture
  • Commitment to shared governance in the areas of resource allocation, curriculum development, faculty and staff development, and mentoring
  • Broad knowledge of theories and practices relating to the creation, production, and study of images, objects, and experiences to support a multidisciplinary faculty in their teaching, research, and creative and professional activity
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
  • Full professor status is desired
  • Success in acquisition of external funding
License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

Department of Art

The Department of Art is accredited by NASAD and has 47 full-time faculty members, over 20 part-time faculty members, over 800 undergraduate majors and offers the following degrees: BFAs in Art Education, Graphic Design, Photography with concentrations in Commercial and Fine Art, and Studio Art; a BA in Art & Visual Culture with concentrations in Art History, Art Management and Studio Art; and a BS in Graphic Communications Management with concentrations in Cross Media Production and Print/Packaging Production. The Department of Art offers a range of travel opportunities including trips to the university’s New York Loft and has offered study abroad trips to China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, and Taiwan. Additional information about the department, the university, and the surrounding area can be found at The Department is housed in Wey Hall and is presently in the process of an ongoing multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation that will be finished in Fall 2025. More information can be found here .


The College of Fine and Applied Arts ( CFAA ) at Appalachian State University is a dynamic, transdisciplinary academic unit that emphasizes experiential learning and offers 30 undergraduate degree programs, one graduate degree program and 13 minors through its seven member departments: Applied Design; Art; Communication; Military Science and Leadership; Sustainable Development; Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment; and Theatre and Dance (

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Being an active member of the CFAA leadership team
  • Collaborating with faculty on a strategic vision to advance the department at the
  • College, university, regional, national, and international level
  • Recruiting, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating a multidisciplinary faculty
  • Managing department personnel
  • Managing department budget and resources
  • Continuing to develop a successful and diverse faculty and staff and foster a
  • Collaborative and collegial work environment
  • Overseeing processes involved in hiring and annual reviews for all personnel
  • Guiding curriculum development
  • Providing leadership to complete the annual assessment of program and student learning outcomes
  • Working with the department faculty to recruit qualified and diverse students to the department
  • Working with the department faculty to increase the retention and graduation rates of all students
  • Seeking and securing external funding, fostering relationships with outside funding sources.
  • Overseeing and maintaining multiple departmental facilities.
  • Supervising current renovations of some departmental facilities and the department’s return once complete. The first three years of this appointment will include supervision of the Wey Hall renovation and the return to the building following the renovation. Wey Hall is where most of the Department is housed and is presently in the process of an ongoing multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation that will be finished in Fall 2025. More information can be found here .
  • Maintaining currency in their discipline
  • Annual teaching requirement subject to negotiation with the dean
  • Works in cooperation with the faculty to ensure quality in educational delivery and compliance with state and national accreditation standards
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Dean
Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of classroom and educational environments in a professional position at a university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range
From $100K for Associate Professor to $130K for Full Professor
N/A - ABD is not applicable for this position. See Minimum Qualifications.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University’s Job Board:
  • Letter of interest highlighting leadership, teaching, and creative or scholarly experience relevant to this department.
  • A statement of leadership philosophy, which should address your commitment to creating, developing and sustaining a socially just and equitable culture.
  • CV
  • Contact information for three references.
  • Examples of creative or scholarly work (such as web links, a portfolio with a maximum of 20 images and image list, or up to 3 writing samples).
  • Optional: Attach proof of any applicable License/Certification.

Please note official copies of transcripts will be requested later in the search process.

Review of complete applications will begin January 9, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

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