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Director – School of Art + Design

Office of the Dean - HCAD

Reports To:
Branko Kolarevic

Position Type:

Position Summary:
The Director of the School of Art + Design (A+D) is the administrative and academic leader of the School. The Director is simultaneously a member of the faculty and administration in the Hillier College of Architecture and Design (HCAD). The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Architecture and Design. The position of Director is open-ended/without-term and the Director serves at the discretion of the Dean subject to annual renewal and review. The Director has the dual role of representing the members of the Art + Design community to the Dean and HCAD administration and representing the administration to the School. The Director serves on the leadership team for Hillier College coordinating college-wide activities and operating procedures along with the Dean, Associate Dean(s), Director of the School of Architecture, and Director of Administration. The Director also represents the School to the overall NJIT community, the general public, and related professional societies relevant to the disciplines offered in the College. The Director administers the School and provides intellectual leadership. The Director has responsibility to uphold and enhance the reputation of the School and be an effective spokesperson within the respective professions as well as the public-at-large in addition to high schools and community colleges. The Director is the steward of the curriculum in consultation with faculty and is responsible for positioning the programs vis-à-vis peer and competitive institutions in an ever-changing professional landscape and within the context of a public research university.

Essential Functions:
The responsibilities and functions that follow are those for which the Director is held accountable. Responsibility for the effective operation (both curricular and extra-curricular) of the School in accordance with by-laws, University rules and regulations, collective bargaining agreements, HR policies, and state and federal rules and regulations. In charge of implementation of School goals and pedagogical objectives. Provide leadership in issues related to accreditation, curricular issues, academic program development, and student advisement. Accountability for, and support of, the pursuit by the School for excellence in teaching, scholarly and creative pursuits, research, and academic and community service. Creation and maintenance of a collegial and collaborative atmosphere within the School and development of processes that best serve the needs of students.
Management of the accreditation processes. Development and execution of a student recruiting plan both within the context of Hillier College and for A+D specific needs. Regular participation in recruiting activities on and off campus. Application and portfolio review for all A+D programs (freshman, internal and external transfer, graduate). Completion and coordination of ranking surveys for the various programs in the School of Art + Design. Development and execution of internal and external exhibits and publications in support of recruitment, as a means of displaying the accomplishments of members of the School community to outsiders, as a means for setting standards and encouraging of “raising the bar” on student and faculty accomplishments and work, and as a means of fostering a sense of community. Work with the Dean and/or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in staffing and teaching assignments. Work with faculty Search Committees and the Dean in hiring of tenure/tenure-track faculty. Work with IST staff, A+D faculty, and Dean to represent and secure IT-related resources for the academic programs within the limits of available means. Participation in activities both internally and externally with alumni, industry, and government as well as relevant professional societies at the local, regional, national, and/or international levels. Responsibility for keeping catalog current (subject to, and within the limits of, university policies and processes). Teaching one design studio or two three-credit/three contact-hour courses per year.

Prerequisite Qualifications:
Terminal degree in a discipline or related discipline housed in the Hillier College of Architecture and Design (e.g. MFA, M.Arch., Ph.D.). Rank of tenured Associate or Full Professor. Proven excellence in teaching, scholarship/research/creative activity, and service. Demonstrated leadership qualities and the ability to think strategically. Demonstrated ability to provide insight through the appropriate use of evidence-based assessment protocols and systems. Excellent communication skills (oral, written, graphic) and the ability to work collaboratively. Interest in pedagogy in undergraduate and/or graduate education including various delivery modes (face-to-face, hybrid, online) relevant to art and design education. At the university’s discretion, any prerequisites may be accepted based on an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants will need to submit a CV, cover letter, statement of interest(s), and a list of three references that shall remain confidential unless/until the applicant is considered a finalist for the position. Applicants should provide a link in their cover letter to a digital portfolio in PDF format containing samples of scholarly work, research and design projects, students’ work, and/or whatever material the candidate deems to be relevant. Applicants are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2020. The position, however, will remain open until filled. As an EEO employer, NJIT is committed to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, disability, religion or veteran status.


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