OPEN POSITION: CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF ART AND DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, CANADA

30 November 2004
Edmonton (Canada) - The Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Art and Design, with appointment to take effect on 1 July 2005.
Edmonton (Canada) - The Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Art and Design, with appointment to take effect on 1 July 2005.

The Department of Art and Design is an exciting and wide-ranging academic unit employing 20 full-time faculty, 10 full-time equivalent sessional instructors, and 15 full-time continuing support staff across seven major disciplines, each with graduate program specializations in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design and History of Art, Design and Visual Culture. The Department offers BA, BDes, BFA MA, BDes and MFA degrees. It also administers a major Edmonton in visual arts facility, the FAB Gallery. It includes a Canada Research Chair on its faculty and is home to a University Centre of research excellence in printmaking.

The Department attracts 4000 half course equivalent undergraduate registrations per year. It has 40 graduate students and operating budget of CAD $3.5 million. It includes advanced specialized labs and studios for rapid prototyping, photography, all media for printmaking, five design computer labs, a 125-seat lecture theatre and a visual resource centre. The total annual research/project grants (2000-2005) is on average CAD $500,000 per year. The Faculty of Arts also includes Departments of Drama and Music and 11 other Departments in the social sciences and humanities, with which the Departments of Arts and Design often interacts collaboratively.

The University of Alberta, founded in 1908, is one of Canada's largest research universities, and is situated in the provincial capital, Edmonton, a metropolitan area of over 1,000,000 with a vibrant artistic community and an excellent standard of living. The campus is located adjacent to one of the largest municipal park systems in North America and is approximately 3 hours by car from the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

The successful candidate will be a proven academic leader, ideally with prior administrative experience and a commitment to excellence in teaching, creative activity and research. He or she will have strong interpersonal communication skills and will be able to articulate a broad vision of the visual arts as well as a clear operational sense of how all areas of the department can be promoted and their activities supported. The chair will be expected to provide consultative and collaborative leadership, working with faculty students and staff. The chair will also be expected to work cooperatively with the Office of the Dean and the chairs of other Departments. The successful applicant should have a record in art design or scholarship suitable for appointment as a full professor or senior associate professor with tenure. The term of the appointment as chair is for 5 years, renewable (once) by review.

Please submit applications, including a CV and a statement of reasons for suitability for the position, together with the names of four referees who the committee may contact, by 31 January 2005.

Application materials should be directed to:

Dr. Daniel R. Woolf, Dean
Faculty of Arts
University of Alberta
Humanities Centre Room 6-33
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E5
W: www.ualberta.ca/artdesign

*University of Alberta is a Member of the Icograda Education Network (IEN).