Chair of the Department of Design

Chair of the Department of Design

The College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Design. The College seeks a bold, visionary, and collaborative leader committed to innovative and socially engaged new work. The chosen candidate will be brought in at the rank of full, tenured professor. The appointment will be effective for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The Department of Design is one of two degree-granting programs in the School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT) which was formed in 2017 and is situated in the College of Fine Arts. The Department includes an academic Center for Integrated Design that welcomes students from any discipline on the UT Austin campus to explore the places where design theory and craft might overlap with their chosen major. The Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies is also housed in the School. SDCT provides transformative educational experiences and opportunities that shape ambitious thinkers for a dynamic future.

The Department of Design is at a pivotal and exciting moment of growth. The Department benefits from being a part of a top Tier One research university embedded in a vibrant creative community deep in the heart of Austin, Texas. The Department of Design offers a transformative educational experience that turns students’ creative talents and curiosity for the world into a fulfilling profession. Students and faculty, working together, explore new ways to engage with the most exciting and urgent issues of our time and experience firsthand the power of design to affect positive change.

The Department offers MFA, BFA, and BA degrees in Design and an MA in Design focused on Health that is a collaboration with the Dell Medical School. The Center for Integrated Design enrolls around 200 students per semester, who each have the opportunity to work alongside expert design faculty to explore design as a powerful and effective methodology for solving real-world challenges.

Additional information on the University and the search can be found at:

The anticipated base salary range for this role is $180,000 – 210,000. Total compensation will be negotiable and commensurate with experience.

Review of applications begins immediately, but the position remains open until filled. Please send all nominations and applications (CV, Letter of Interest) to:

Susan VanGilder, Co Practice Leader and Managing Director
Lareese Hall, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.