Professor, Department Chair - Department of Art and Art History - The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa Alabama

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History seeks an individual with an outstanding record of proven leadership, teaching, research and service, to be hired at the rank of Full Professor with tenure for the 12 month position of Chair. The successful candidate must be internationally recognized within their field, have an active research program that includes external funding and can advance the research goals and stature of the faculty to those of a tier-one research institution. This candidate should be able to forge a dynamic vision for the department by working with the faculty, and communicate that vision to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Provost of the University.

We seek a chair who can build upon our strong foundation to increase the quality of our students’ experience and advance the Department’s prestige and visibility in the disciplines of Art and Art History. The applicant should possess proven leadership abilities with a minimum of three years significant administrative experience, and have an enthusiasm for the University’s teaching and research missions. The candidate must hold an M.F.A. in Studio Art or Ph.D. in Art History (or an equivalent position in an arts-related profession, e.g. a terminal degree in Arts Administration), and her or his field of expertise should complement those of existing faculty and future plans for growth in the department.

In addition, the successful candidate should demonstrate a proven record in the following areas:
- vigorous advocacy on behalf of faculty, staff and students
- excellent leadership, particularly promoting collegiality in team-building, implementing change and coordinating diverse approaches to teaching and research
- innovative curriculum and program maintenance and development while fostering interdisciplinary work across the arts
- excellent budget oversight and facilities management
- excellent implementation of assessment plans and interpreting assessment data
- excellent oversight of accreditation or certification processes
- inspirational mentoring of colleagues and students

Additional Position Information

The University of Alabama is the flagship campus of a three-campus system. The University is located in Tuscaloosa, a city of approximately 100,000. The UA Department of Art and Art History is NASAD accredited and has 14 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 8 full-time instructors and 7 staff. We offer the degrees of B.A. in Studio Art and in Art History, B.F.A. in Studio Art, M.A. in Studio Art and in Art History, and M.F.A. in Studio Art. Studio research programs include concentrations in ceramics, digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The joint M.A. program in Art History (with the University of Alabama at Birmingham) is growing yearly and offers concentrations in Medieval, Nineteenth Century, Early Modern, American, Asian, and Modern & Contemporary. The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art and the Sella-Granata Art Gallery are housed within the Department and are year-round contemporary exhibition venues. The UA Department of Art and Art History programs place emphasis on quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should apply online at Applicants must include a curriculum vita, a letter of application, and names and contact information for three references. Statements of administrative and leadership philosophy, teaching philosophy, interests, and evidence of research activity (for artists a digital portfolio with 20 examples of the candidate’s work and for art historians at least three refereed article publications) must also be included. Potential candidates may contact the chairperson of the search committee, Craig Wedderspoon, at if additional information is desired. Beginning November 16, 2015, applications and nominations will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The position is scheduled to start on August 16, 2016, or as negotiated.

Please upload names and contact information for three references to the “other document 1” tab.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made. EOE/AA

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.

Keyword Phrases

  • ART
  • The Capstone of Higher Education
  • Student Centered Research University
  • Fostering a diverse student body & workforce
  • Art History
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Arts
  • Art (generic)
  • Painting
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Department Chair
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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