Art Center College of Design: Call for Applications

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Position Announcement
Chair, Humanities and Design Sciences
Overview of the Position:

Art Center College of Design invites applications for the position of Chair of the Humanities and Design Sciences Department (HDS). The Chair is responsible for all aspects of the direction and management of the department, which comprises over 60 faculty members who teach more than 120 classes each term. The primary purpose of HDS is to support Art Center’s studio-based, transdisciplinary, undergraduate degree programs in Advertising, Entertainment Design, Environmental Design, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design, and in some instances to work in conjunction with Art Center’s graduate programs in Art, Broadcast Cinema, Industrial Design, and Media Design. The position comes with administrative support and faculty directors in focused curricular areas.

The Chair’s job is to oversee the Department’s pedagogy in design research, writing, art and design history, humanities, and the social and physical sciences; to further develop the integration of HDS content into studio classes; and to expand the academic HDS curriculum independent of studio work. The HDS Chair must also be able to work closely with the chairs of the studio programs in pursuit of the former goal, while advancing a curriculum within HDS that provides Art Center students with a liberal arts education comparing favorably with that of any art school or university art or design department in the United States.

In addition to those already mentioned, the HDS Chair’s responsibilities include significant outreach functions, with a view to developing strong bonds with other academic, art, and design institutions. Candidates should have an accomplished background in academia, administration, and teaching with a substantial record of achievement in his/her field, including exhibition, curatorial, publishing or research. They should have a broad knowledge of modern and contemporary art, design, media and the other humanities. Finally, they should possess good interpersonal and communication skills.

About Art Center

Art Center has distinguished itself as a center of innovation, educating professionals who are also creative thinkers capable of inspiring positive change by solving problems through art and design. Looking to the future, Art Center will continue to develop its educational curricula, enhance its facilities, and contribute to bettering our society.

Art Center College of Design is located in Pasadena, California, with classes held at both its Hillside Campus and South Campus.

Application/Nomination Process

Nominations: Please forward nominee name and contact information to HR@artcenter.edu with “HDS Chair Nomination” in the subject line.

Applications: At this time, qualified candidates should submit ONLY a letter of interest, resume or CV, and a one-page statement that answers these two questions:

Why are you interested in becoming the Chair of Humanities and Design Sciences at Art Center College of Design?

What do you think are the imperatives of art and design education today?

(For those candidates who advance in the process, other materials will be requested for review in preparation for or at the time of the interview.)

Initial Application Deadline: September 4, 2009 or until position is filled.

Art Center College of Design
Employment Department UFC
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, California 91103
U.S.A.

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