Full Professor and Director, School of Design
Position title Full Professor and Director, School of Design
Start date August 2017
Deadline Applications requested by December 1; position remains open until filled.
Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.
Position Summary The position is in the School of Design at San Francisco State University. SF State is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. The School of Design serves students in the areas of Product Design and Visual Communication Design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our curricula emphasize the design process as a means of problem solving, and our classes help students to build the technical, conceptual, critical, and collaborative skills required in design professions. Our highly qualified faculty come from a variety of design and technology backgrounds, and play a central role in student advising and the formation of relevant design curricula. Faculty members participate in conferences, consult, attend workshops, publish and exhibit internationally, and are attuned to current trends in design and design education.
The School of Design director is responsible for the administrative and educational functions of the School’s degree programs. The director will assume leadership with faculty in the development and direction of academic programs, curriculum development and revision, and class scheduling. They will also supervise student advising, promote school activities, seek external funding, and encourage collegial and full participation of constituents in shared governance.
Essential Job Tasks
The School of Design director is responsible for leading, administering, and representing the school. The director’s duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following four categories:
A. Academic Programs
1. To assume the leadership in the development and direction of quality academic programs. Administer the School of Design’s two Bachelor of Science (Product Design and Visual Communication Design) and MA degree programs, including budget, scheduling of classes, making teaching assignments, and supervising staff.
2. To work with the School of Design faculty in academic program planning and review, and curriculum development and revision.
3. To prepare the class schedule in consultation with the School of Design faculty or appropriate committee.
1. To supervise advising, provide information, sign documents and petitions, and facilitate resolution of administrative issues that students may encounter.
2. To promote School of Design activities (programs, competitions, exhibits, awards, professional organizations, clubs) and recruit potential majors/minors.
3. To be available to receive students' comments and suggestions about courses, instructors, and programs.
4. To attempt resolution of complaints, differences, or grievances between students and faculty.
1. To encourage collegial and full participation of all members of the school in recognition that governance of school is a joint and cooperative endeavor.
2. To participate in the faculty personnel processes for hiring, retention, tenure, and promotion of the tenured members of the school, and other faculty matters within existing trustee policy, the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and University and College policies.
3. To make an independent recommendation regarding hiring, retention, tenure and promotion after reviewing recommendations from the school's elected HRT/P committee.
4. To perform the evaluation and recommend the appointment or reappointment of temporary faculty either after receiving school peer review committee recommendation or upon delegation by the voting members of the school in accordance with Academic Senate policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
5. To provide leadership at the school level in the implementation of the University's affirmative action policy.
6. To promote and support the professional development of the faculty.
7. To establish, after consultation with the faculty, appropriate school committees.
8. To distribute faculty teaching and service activities.
D. Administrative Responsibilities
1. To convey pertinent information to, from and within the school. To present issues which have potential impact on the school. To invite and respond to comments and suggestions of faculty and staff.
2. To represent the school within the college, University, community, and profession.
3. To work with the college dean on management of resources, including the establishment of enrollment targets, allocation of faculty positions, and all budget matters; to organize and supervise school expenditures and resources; to monitor school compliance with university regulations and deadlines.
4. To hire and supervise school staff.
5. Lead ongoing investment in initiatives already underway.
A school may establish additional charges to the director’s duties and responsibilities specific to school needs.
Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Abilities: Earned terminal degree, i.e. MFA, Ph.D, or equivalent in a design discipline. Candidates should have a strong background in design studio education with at least five years of university level teaching experience, including preferably at least two years of academic administrative experience. However, we will also consider other forms of administrative and leadership experience if relevant. Candidates must have an active record of creative activity and/or scholarship related to their area of design specialization, demonstrable success at teaching and student advising at the university level, and the ability to seek external funding. Applicants should have a proven ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, staff and administrators, and have experience with program assessment, ongoing evaluation, and accreditation.
Submit letter of intent; a current CV; a concise statement in which you discuss your teaching philosophy, leadership experience and style, and current perspective on design education; and the names and contact information of three references. A portfolio of your research/creative work may be requested at a later date.
Submit all materials to Stacie Guan email@example.com by December 1, 2016. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. PDF format is preferred. Please include “School of Design Director Search” in the subject line.