SCAD seeks a full-time chair of photography to provide students with the fluency to express their ideas and develop their personal vision. The photography program emphasizes technical excellence, foundational skills, and coursework tailored to suit student interests and professional goals, with opportunities for commercial, documentary, fine art, hybrid, and new-media investigation.
As chair of the photography department, you will direct, coordinate, and evaluate the department and manage the day-to-day administration. You will develop curriculum, teach classes annually as assigned, and oversee the departmental budget, including its development and implementation. You will work alongside the admission department to recruit talented undergraduate and graduate students to SCAD and to the department. You will also foster interdepartmental collaboration to enhance the reputation of SCAD in academic and professional circles. As department chair, you will provide professional development opportunities and evaluate professors, develop a strategic plan for your department that aligns with SCAD and School of Fine Arts goals, and review student evaluations, service and professional development, and contributions to the department’s goals.
The ideal candidate should have proven leadership skills, the ability to motivate students and faculty to think creatively and critically, and experience working with students and faculty of diverse backgrounds. The candidate should be well versed in the history and critical theory of the discipline.
SCAD professors and staff thrive in a vibrant and entrepreneurial workplace that embraces innovation, creativity, and collaboration. SCAD Savannah is woven throughout one of the best small cities in the U.S., as named by Condé Nast Traveler. The city of Savannah’s inviting climate and a culturally rich downtown provides a living laboratory for the study of art and design and a dynamically layered learning environment in which students, faculty, and staff flourish.
- Terminal degree (e.g., an M.F.A.) or its equivalent in photography or a related field
- Exceptional communication skills
- Wide range of photographic skills with a particular emphasis on technical aspects of the media, commercial work, digital capture, post-production, and output