November 7, 2013

Call for applications: School Director and Professor of Art, Art History, or Graphic Design

Portland State University
Will Bryant, Saying Wavy, MFA Studio Graduate Exhibition, 2013, Photo By: Evan La Londe.

Job Title: School Director and Professor of Art, Art History, or Graphic Design

Position Summary:

The School of Art and Design in the College of the Arts at Portland State University invites applications for a Director of the School and Professor in any one of the fields of Art Practices, Art History, or Graphic Design. This is a tenured, 1.0 FTE, 12-month position, commencing fall 2014. The Director will provide creative leadership and vision as well as administrative oversight for a burgeoning School of 20 full-time and 70 part-time faculty, 32 M.F.A. students, and approximately 1100 undergraduate majors, while supervising four full-time and seven part-time support staff and administering a budget of over $4 million. Comprised of Art Practices, Art History, and Graphic Design, the School seeks a dynamic Director to build cohesion among these areas; spearhead program assessment and strategic long-term planning initiatives; manage resources and, working with the Dean of the College of the Arts, help obtain additional resources; enhance facilities and/or improve ways to utilize current facilities; and represent the School energetically within the larger cultural community. Recently grown from a Department of Art, the School is poised to expand the unique potential of its interdisciplinary opportunities as well as possibilities for continuing community engagement.

PSU, a thriving public research university in downtown Portland, Oregon is the largest, fastest growing, and most diverse institution in the Oregon University System. The city is widely rated as one of the most livable in the country, with a vibrant arts community including the Portland Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and numerous commercial and non-profit galleries.

Minimum Qualifications:
– A terminal degree (Ph.D. or M.F.A.) in the candidate’s discipline;
– A record of teaching experience, scholarship, and service worthy of a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor;
– Three years minimum experience as a chair or director with full authority over budget and tenure-and-promotion decisions, and evidence of successful program development and administration;
– Knowledge of contemporary art and critical theory;
– Strong professional and interpersonal skills;
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

Preferred qualifications:
– At least six years of administrative experience with progressively greater responsibility and ten years prior teaching and scholarship activities.
– Successful fundraising experience;
– Demonstrated ability to work within an urban arts community.

Total compensation & benefits:
The 12-month salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, includes a Director’s stipend, with one month’s paid vacation. Portland State University offers excellent benefits, with generous healthcare and retirement packages and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse, or dependents at any Oregon University System school.

To apply:
The process is two-fold. First, submit application and CV to the PSU online portal People Admin at

Second, submit the following materials to the online portal SlideRoom at

1. CV;
2. Letter of application which specifically addresses position qualifications; include information about the size of budgets previously overseen;
3. Names and contact information of three references, at least one of which must be a direct supervisor, current or recent, of the candidate’s administrative work;
4. Statement of research interests and accomplishments;
5. Depending on the candidate’s discipline, either ten images of creative work or a recent scholarly publication in PDF form.

Media preparation:
– Images must be saved as jpg, png, or gif (5MB max).
– Videos must be mov, wmv, or flv (60MB max); 640 x 480px will ensure optimum duration.
– Documents must be saved as pdf (9MB max).
– Audio must be saved as mp3 (5MB max).

Note: SlideRoom will charge a fee of 10 USD to process the application. This fee is comparable to the materials and postage required for a hard-copy application.

Additional application instructions (deadlines, etc.)
Review of applications begins December 1, 2013; position is open until finalists are identified. For further information, please contact the School of Art and Design at +1 503  725 3515 or [email protected].

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