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Ball State University

Director of the School of Art

Location: Muncie, IN
Posted: November 23, 2020
Application Deadline: January 12, 2021


Ball State University
Kaelyn Warrner
2000 W University Ave Bldg G04
Muncie, IN, 47306

CFA Deans Office
Director of the School of Art
Ball State University

Ball State University's College of Fine Arts welcomes applications for Director of the School of Arts, available July 1, 2021.

The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and serves as the school's chief executive who plans, directs, and coordinates the academic, operational, personnel, budgetary matters and promotional activities pertaining to the school, provides leadership and direction in the development and implementation of academic programs, and advocates quality in teaching.

The Director serves as the school's primary spokesperson and representative to the college, university, and external community, engages in proactive, collaborative short and long-range planning for the School of Art, facilitates opportunities for faculty scholarship and creative endeavors, manages the recruitment and retention of excellent faculty, and works to support a culture of diversity, inclusiveness, clear communication, and collegiality between faculty, staff, and students.

Minimum Qualifications: Appropriate terminal degree in art or art-related discipline. At least two years of experience as a full-time, higher education faculty member in art or an art-related discipline. At least two years of demonstrated administrative experience in exercising leadership and consultative decision-making at the departmental level in higher education, to include curricular development, budget activities, facilities, and equipment. A strong record of scholarly and/or creative activities, teaching, and service. Ability to function effectively as a college leadership team member within a complex, fast-paced, change-oriented institution. Ability to execute duties with resilience and flexibility. Ability to anticipate future deadlines and fulfill obligations to completion in a timely manner. Ability to take initiative and demonstrate personal accountability. Exhibit a high tolerance for ambiguity, including managing multiple priorities.

Employer will consider sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Professional and administrative experience in the arts, including, but not limited to, graduate programs administration. Experience with national accreditation processes. Experience with fundraising and/or grant writing at multiple levels. Experience with community engagement. Experience facilitating the use of new technologies within an art or art-related curriculum. Experience with incentivized-based budgeting models. Demonstrated awareness of contemporary best practices in schools of art and design.

Apply online at: The following are required documents in the Applicant Documents section of this application:
1. Cover Letter addressed to Dr. Michael Prater, Director and Search Committee Chair.
2. Complete and current vita.
3. Evidence of scholarship and/or creative activity to include student work if relevant is required to be uploaded under the "Teaching Statement/Portfolio" document.
4. A statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion is required to be uploaded under the "Diversity Statement" document.
5. A statement of administrative philosophy is required to be uploaded under the "Leadership Statement" document.
The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through January 12, 2021.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we've dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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