SCAD seeks an Associate Chair of Graphic Design for its Savannah location to develop curriculum and assist the chair in evaluating professors within the department through class observations, review of student course evaluations, review of service and professional development, and review of contributions to departmental goals.
In this position, you will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the graphic design department and will work closely with the associate dean and department chair to provide vision and leadership for the department; build a substantial reputation for the quality of the department; create 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/procedures requirements and implementation, including course schedules and facility use; conduct class and annual evaluations for faculty as well as ensuring mentoring and faculty development opportunities; assist in the hiring of faculty; make decisions on student academic matters; assist in the recruitment of students; assist in graduate admissions and placement of students in internships and careers; and oversee the departmental budget. The Associate Chair teaches classes as assigned.
In consultation with the chair, dean, and department members, you will assist in developing a strategic plan for the department that is consistent with the School of Communication Arts goals and overall SCAD strategic plan. With the department chair, you’ll provide vision and leadership for the graphic design department and oversee scheduling of classes and logistics of department events. In addition, you’ll foster interdepartmental collaboration and continue to enhance the reputation of the SCAD graphic design department in academic and professional communities. You will also work with the admission department to recruit exceptional undergraduate and graduate students to SCAD.
The ideal candidate has demonstrated effectiveness as an academic leader and has a successful career as a faculty member, including a reputation for high academic standards and innovation in curriculum and pedagogy. The candidate has experience with curriculum development and the utilization of assessment to improve student learning and academic programs. The candidate also has the ability to conduct thorough, thoughtful, and fair faculty evaluations, including class observations, productive individual evaluation meetings, and clearly stated written evaluations that reinforce the faculty member’s strength and outline areas of needed improvement with suggested strategies and support for that improvement.
The candidate should have the knowledge to define the needs of the department for new faculty hires and the personnel judgment to make appropriate recommendations to the associate dean for hiring and reappointment as well as the judgment to make good and fair decisions in the best academic interests of each student with regard to various waivers and expectations as well as the ability to justify and document those decisions in written reports. The candidate should possess a willingness to collaborate with admissions on the recruitment and review of students, with career planning and placement on placing 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 college.
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and exceptional work ethics are imperative to meet expectations and deadlines in such matters as course scheduling, classroom scheduling, budgetary development and oversight, and preparation of required reports. The candidate should have outstanding interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills and be innovative, energetic, and of the highest personal and professional integrity.
SCAD graphic design students experience the exploration, conceptualization, and creation of visual and digital assets to become fluent in the visual language that brings iconic brands to life. Graphic design coursework is designed for students to gain a curiosity for creative inquiry, innovation, critical thinking, and visual analysis in a professional environment. These skills propel students into communication design focused on brand, package, interactive, and interface design. Students go on to develop approaches and skills in visual design to excel in finding solutions to the complex design challenges of the professional world.
Named among the best small cities in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler, Savannah offers an inviting climate and a culturally rich downtown, providing a real-world workshop for the study of art and design. The university blends seamlessly into the Savannah landscape and provides students with a dynamically layered learning environment in which to thrive.
- Terminal degree in graphic design or related field
- College-level teaching experience preferred
- Published credentials, accolades, and industry recognition