Associate Chair of Themed Entertainment Design

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Associate Chair of Themed Entertainment Design

Location:   Savannah
Position Number   FA9959
Position Type:   Full Time
Position Title   Associate Chair of Themed Entertainment Design
Specialty:   Themed Entertainment Design
Work Year:   Academic Year


SCAD Savannah seeks a nationally recognized associate chair of themed entertainment design to provide vision and leadership full-time for the university’s themed entertainment design department.

Themed entertainment designers bring the stories and experiences of our world to life. They weave fictional and nonfictional narratives into compelling environments — places that elicit wonder and joy, communicate complex ideas, and translate emotional values into tangible experiences. At SCAD, the themed entertainment design program blends studios in design and planning with skill-based drawing and technical courses, as well as classes in storytelling and experience design.

As an associate chair, you will use your technical proficiency and knowledge to help students develop skills in a creative environment with an emphasis on professional training for careers in themed entertainment. You will evaluate professors through class observations and reviews of student evaluations, service and professional-development opportunities, and their contributions to department goals. With the chair of the program, you will be responsible for the daily operations of the themed entertainment design department, including the development, implementation, and oversight of the department budget; professional-development opportunities for professors; decision-making for student academic matters; and placing students in internships and careers. Among other duties, you will create a strategic plan that is consistent with SCAD and School of Entertainment Arts goals, assist the office of admission with undergraduate efforts, teach classes as assigned, and maintain and cultivate relationships in the performing arts field.


The successful candidate is an effective academic leader and has had a successful career as a faculty member, including a reputation for high academic standards and innovation in curriculum and pedagogy to improve student learning and academic programs. The candidate should be self-driven, a stellar communicator, and an excellent team player. As an associate chair, the candidate must have experience as a mentor, can accomplish multiple tasks with ease, and is able to re-prioritize tasks as needed to meet deadlines. Exceptional organizational skills are essential. Ideally, the candidate has TEA membership and is well-connected in the industry.
SCAD Savannah is woven throughout one of TIME magazine’s "World’s Greatest Places 2021.” The city of Savannah’s inviting climate and a culturally rich downtown provide a living laboratory for the study of art and design, as well as a dynamically layered learning environment in which students, faculty, and staff flourish.

  • Terminal degree or its equivalent in themed entertainment design or a related field
  • Five or more years of professional experience in higher education preferred
  • Strong portfolio of relevant professional work
  • Experience with Photoshop, digital visualization, and design (emphasizing technical skills)
Posting Date:   02/06/2022
Closing Date:  
Open Until Filled   Yes

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Portfolio

Optional Documents

  1. Other Document
  2. Unofficial Transcripts 2
  3. Student Work Samples

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