Associate Chair of Graphic Design

As the associate chair of graphic design, you will provide vision, leadership, and supervision for the department; build a substantial reputation for the quality of the department; foster a strong sense of collegiality within the department and of shared responsibility for the department's goals; work with faculty on curriculum development, assessment activities, and policy/procedure requirements and implementation, including course schedules and facility use; conduct classroom observations and annual faculty performance evaluations, as well as ensure mentoring and faculty development opportunities; assist in the hiring of faculty; make decisions on student academic matters; assist in the recruitment of students, review of graduate student applications, and placement of students in internships and careers; oversee departmental budget; and teach courses, as determined by the number of contact hours listed in the employment agreement.

In this role, you will maintain a visible on-site presence, oversee and guide the work of department faculty and staff, support and mentor students, and collaborate with academic leaders, faculty, and support staff across departments and university locations. You will also ensure that all services related to academic offerings of the department are planned and delivered at the highest quality and without interruption.

As a professor, you are required to meet teaching responsibilities and expectations as outlined in the SCAD Faculty Handbook. For example: planning and preparation for teaching; maintaining an active and engaged classroom environment; syllabus design, submission, and approval; holding office hours and midterm grade reviews to provide feedback to students; being available to students outside of regular class hours through extra help sessions, extended learning opportunities, and study (field) trips; and conducting course- and program-level assessment. You are also required to meet professional responsibilities and expectations, such as modeling professionalism; fulfilling grading and academic documentation requirements; recording attendance; following academic policies and regulations; and supporting academic assessment and institutional effectiveness efforts. You must be available to attend on-ground and virtual events upon request or as required. This participation might include faculty councils, admission events, curriculum assessment and development, institutional effectiveness and accreditation support, events, exhibitions, or other publicity assignments.

Minimum qualifications
  • Terminal degree or its equivalent in the discipline or in a relevant field
  • Leadership and supervisory experience in academics or significant professional experience in an appropriate discipline
  • Distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and/or professional expertise
  • A successful career as a faculty member and/or discipline professional, including a reputation for model leadership, excellence in the field, high standards, and innovation
  • Leadership ability to transform strategic vision into implementation through measurable actions
  • A commitment to teaching and learning, and excellence in academics
  • Thorough understanding of curriculum development and the utilization of assessment to improve student learning and academic programs
  • Ability to conduct thorough, thoughtful, and fair performance evaluations, including classroom observations, productive individual evaluation meetings, and clearly stated written evaluations that reinforce a faculty member’s strength and opportunities for improvement with suggested strategies and support for improvement
  • The knowledge to define the needs of the department on new faculty hires and the personnel judgement to make appropriate recommendations for hiring and reappointment
  • The judgement to make good and fair decisions in the student’s best academic interests regarding various waivers and expectations and the ability to capture those decisions in appropriate reports
  • Willingness to collaborate with admission on the recruitment and review of students, with career and alumni success on employment and internship opportunities for students, and on building links to careers related to the discipline and with other academic and non-academic departments in the best interests of students and the university
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and exceptional work ethic to meet expectations and deadlines in such matters as academic scheduling, budgetary management and oversight, and preparation of required reports
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills
  • Evidence of success in creative and collaborative endeavors
  • Innovative, energetic, and model leadership
  • Dedication to personal and professional integrity

Travel required: Less than 10%

Work hours:The university work week is Sunday through Saturday. Most offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To accommodate business needs, employees may be assigned to other workdays and/or hours, including weekends and evenings.

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