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Midwestern State University

Visual Arts Department Chair, Associate or Full Professor

Location: Wichita Falls, TX
Posted: October 25, 2019
Application Deadline: December 05, 2019


Midwestern State University
Emma Brown
3410 Taft Boulevard
Wichita Falls, TX, 76308
(940) 397-4243

The Fain College of Fine Arts and the Harvey School of Visual Arts (HSOVA) at Midwestern State University invite applications for a Chair position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, to begin August 2020. The Fain College of Fine Arts aims to be an agent of change in the community, responding to fast-moving social issues and generating change through the arts. The Harvey School of Visual Arts is a NASAD-accredited, dynamic and growing academic/artistic unit. As the only public liberal arts institution in the state of Texas, Midwestern State University values and supports the contribution of the arts to the university and the community at large. The HSOVA enjoys upgraded, attractive and spacious facilities, a dynamic and committed faculty, and growing influence in and support from the community. HSOVA's computer lab is equipped with 19 Mac stations with the complete Adobe Creative Suite software, and archival inkjet and laser printers. Computers and software are upgraded regularly. All Macs are equipped with Wacom painting and drawing tablets. The School of Visual Arts has several large format laser printers available for professional and program work.

This is an ideal position for a transformative scholar, artist, educator, and leader seeking an environment of innovation and academic excellence, with a focus on student success. We desire a highly motivated individual to strengthen and grow the School of Visual Arts, adding to the efforts of existing faculty. We are committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and preparing students to become successful professionals in local and global contexts. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with faculty and administration to enhance the academic programs and operations of the HSOVA. The School of Visual Arts underwent a successful NASAD re-accreditation process in 2018, and is now poised to explore new directions that will increase the profile of its graduates.

Minimum Qualifications: An MFA or other terminal degree in visual arts is required. Specialization or strong background and experience in the area of photography is needed. Demonstrated successful teaching, artistic and professional achievements for an appointment at the level of Associate or Full Professor are required.

Preferred Qualifications: Additional background in digital arts, new media, or graphic design is highly desirable. Previous leadership experience and an excellent teaching record is a plus. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated record of leadership, a collaborative style, knowledge and vision of the future in the visual arts, and a passion for administration and acumen for detail-oriented operations.

The ideal candidate should have conceptual and technical grounding in all aspects of photography. They should have an ability to teach all practices of fine art photography and some experience with related media, which might include new technologies, installation, film, video, performance, and/or social practice, and should have broad knowledge and understanding of contemporary art.

Duties: Serve as Chair of the department, and teach a combination of classes according to established institutional policy and practice for Chairs. Currently, the Chair position has a reduced teaching load to compensate for administrative duties, that will include courses in digital photography and others as needed. Chair appointment is a 9-month contract. While no teaching duties are required during the summer months, some administrative duties may continue into that period. As the institutional representative for NASAD, the Chair coordinates all aspects of the department to ensure continuous and successful accreditation. This position oversees and coordinates departmental assessment, budget operations, facilities operations, class scheduling, applying and executing all pertinent institutional policies for the school, departmental and university committee work, review of tenure and promotion applications at the departmental level, recruitment and retention efforts, execution of administrative processes and procedures, among other duties and responsibilities, including duties as assigned by the Dean of the college. The Chair is expected to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with alumni and donors of the School. Moreover, the Chair has the unique responsibility to maintain a collegial environment in the department and to provide academic and artistic leadership, creating the path for a shared vision with the faculty and administration.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position is open until filled. For best consideration, submit a complete application by December 5, 2019.

Process: Submit a letter of interest addressing the duties of the position, current curriculum vitae, twenty images of professional work, twenty images of student work, and a list of five references with contact information, preferably in a single PDF document to Emma Brown's Dropbox account. If a professional website is available, please include the address on your CV or letter of interest. To share your Dropbox file application, or for further submission inquiries, use the following address:
Emma Brown, Assistant to the Dean

Midwestern State University is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
This position is designated as security sensitive and requires the finalist to complete a criminal background check.

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