Department Chairperson (Associate or Full Professor) - Department of Art & Design - 15034

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The Department of Art and Design in the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a chairperson for the department who will qualify for appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor in any of the Art & Design related disciplines housed in the College, including Media Arts and Game Development, beginning August 2019. This is a full-time position consisting of chairing a complex department (50%) and teaching of undergraduate courses in relevant area, research, and service to the university and community (50%). Research area and teaching expertise should complement that of existing faculty.


Chairing the Department of Art and Design involves:

  1. Leading the Department in the articulation and pursuit of the goals of the Department, College and University.
  2. Coordinates the academic affairs of the Department to establish an outstanding educational program.
  3. Creates an effective working environment for all personnel within the Department.
  4. Effectively assesses and addresses student needs.
  5. Monitors and manages the financial operations of the Department.
  6. Encourages scholarly and creative activities and advocates service to the University and the community.
  7. Communicates effectively with internal and external constituencies.
  8. Responds to additional requests or assignments from the Dean.
In addition to chairing the Department, the successful candidate will be able to teach courses relevant to their expertise and possibly, the College’s interdisciplinary introductory general education course, World of the Arts. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate students, results in publications or other vehicles of creative activity and contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to contribute to an inclusive learning environment for our students through teaching and mentorship while advocating for diversity and meaningful inclusion in all areas of Art and Design, including Media Arts and Game Development.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or MFA in an arts related discipline is required.
  • Experience in an academic administrative role, such as area head, department chair, or assistant chair positions or similar.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as an academic leader.
  • Demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students.
  • Clear evidence of a scholarly record.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations, and serving as an active member of the university community is desired.
  • Proven knowledge of complex budgets, and experience with budget management in art related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and evaluating faculty and staff.
  • Excellent communication, and interpersonal skills with a commitment to promoting a collegial, collaborative work, and learning environment.
  • Expertise in graphics or media arts and game development is preferred, but all areas of specialization will be considered.
Salary is commensurate with academic and administrative experience. Expertise in graphics or media arts and game development is preferred, but all areas of specialization will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Department Chair responsibilities include advancing collegiality, the management and administration of a complex, multi-discipline art and design department, oversight of re-accreditation reviews with National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), budget management, curricular planning and management, advocating and prioritizing facilities renovations and modernizations within the College. This position is a member of the College of Arts and Communication Administrative Council and reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Communication.
Teaching responsibilities will include courses relevant to the candidate’s discipline, and possibly the supervision of internships, field experiences, etc. Research expectations include publications and/or peer-reviewed creative activity. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities. The successful candidate must achieve a demonstrated record of service to the profession, to the university community, and to the public through various activities that take place outside the classroom. Faculty at UW-W may teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings or on weekends. Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities, or participate in other programs geared toward improving to student success.


The mission of the Department of Art and Design is to promote a culture of transformation through education in the visual arts and to foster a community dedicated to introducing students to professional practices in the arts and related disciplines.

The UW-Whitewater Art and Design Program is housed in the Greenhill Center of the Arts (CA), the largest discipline designated complex on the UW-Whitewater campus and an outstanding arts facility. The Center for the Arts houses dedicated art computer labs generating graphic, and media design, extensive ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and metalsmithing, sculpture and foundry, painting, and drawing studios run by internationally competitive faculty. Facilities also include a state-of-the-art Art History theater and the Crossman Gallery which features a range of contemporary national and regional exhibitions. The College is home to a visiting artist program which each year brings to campus a series of nationally known guest artists for workshops, demonstrations and lectures. The department is especially proud of the Schuh Visiting Artist Endowment: https://www.uww.edu//cac/artist.

The Department of Art and Design recognizes and approaches inclusivity and diversity as a complex and long-term project that should inspire, engage, and transform our students. To enhance the quality and range of our education we aim to retain, attract, represent and support a variety of populations and communities in our faculty, staff, and student body. The program exposes students to the broader possibilities of a life and career in the visual arts yet retains the intimacy of the locale.

For more information, please visit: https://www.uww.edu/cac/art-design


UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of university design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

For UW-W campus safety information and crime statistics, see http://www.uww.edu/annual-safety-report or call the Dean of Students Office at 262/472-1533 for a paper copy.


UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also provided to all new faculty, including participation in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices (http://acue.org). UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Complete applications received by February 14, 2019 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in phone and/or online screening interviews and/or on campus interviews. If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application on line due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262/472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Mike Dugan
Chair, Department of Music


Complete applications will include online submission of the following materials
  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement of Academic Leadership philosophy
  • Diversity statement
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Names and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
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