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Chairperson of Department of History of Art and Design (71100)
Company: Pratt Institute
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 03/28/2023
Expire Date: 05/28/2023
Job Categories: Education
Job Description
Chairperson of Department of History of Art and Design (71100)

Chairperson of Department of History of Art and Design (71100)

Location: Brooklyn NY

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Pratt Institute seeks exceptional applicants for the position of Chairperson of the Department of the History of Art and Design (HAD). Reporting to the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Chairperson oversees the curriculum, faculty, and day-to-day operations of the department of 7 full-time and 30 part-time faculty.

HAD includes two undergraduate programs, a Bachelor of Art (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in the History of Art and Design, as well as two graduate programs, a Masters of Art (MA) in the History of Art and Design and a Master of Art /Master of Science in Information and Library Science (MA/MSLIS) in the History of Art and Design/Library and Information Science, for which the department partners with Pratt's School of Information. In addition, the department offers a Certificate in Museum Studies, an Advanced Certificate in Design Studies, and a minor in the History of Art and Design.

The Chairperson will assume intellectual and administrative leadership of a faculty drawn to Pratt by the opportunity to work in the interdisciplinary environment of a top-rated college of art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information science. The Chair will be a person who embraces the department's intellectual and creative mission and can clearly articulate a vision of the department's goals in the 21st century. The Chair will work towards advancing diversity and inclusion in the curriculum, as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students, and staff, and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.

About the School

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Pratt delivers a Liberal Arts education to all Pratt students and has degree programs including a BFA and MFA in Creative Writing and a MA in Media Studies, in addition to the degree programs in HAD. Central to its mission, the General Education program educates students to become responsible citizens of the future. The programs take full advantage of the vibrant creative environment of the Pratt Institute.

About Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute provides the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Institute's impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, a landmark building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers.

Today, Pratt and its exceptional faculty pride themselves on being academically excellent as well as adaptable to both in-person and online learning. Pratt students are part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research and inquiry based education that prepares them for success in creative fields and professional practice, with the goal of contributing to a more equitable, just and sustainable world. With a long-held commitment to the communities of New York, Pratt partners locally through the Pratt Center for Community Development. The Institute also offers a variety of programs for local pre-college and continuing education students in the Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

The value of a Pratt education is evident in its graduates' diverse and thriving careers, where their designs, art, work, and environments have reimagined our world. In over 75 countries across the globe, Pratt's 61,000 alumni are advancing the creative economy and making a positive impact through their remarkable work and research.

We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum, as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students, and staff, and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.

Position Responsibiities

Department Chairs play an essential role as both administrators and educational leaders at Pratt Institute generating and advancing a vision for the department, in line with the strategic plans of the School and the Institute. The responsibilities of the Chair require excellent organizational abilities and may include the following:

Supervise and develop the department's curriculum and educational programs, seeking opportunities to include perspectives of diverse cultures and fostering inclusive pedagogies; communicate with the faculty Curriculum Review Committee and the Curriculum Review Committee of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Collaborate with the other Chairs in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the coordination, creation, and delivery of courses for Pratt's General Education curriculum.

Develop and maintain assessment instruments and practices, including program reviews, lead department's budget and advocate for the needs of the department.

Explore new methodologies and techniques in the teaching of the history of art and design.

Recruit, interview, supervise, evaluate, and mentor new faculty members with diversity being top of mind.

Supervise and mentor faculty; evaluate tenure track faculty and faculty requests for promotion, tenure, and change of status.

Organize course and faculty schedules in compliance with the faculty union contract.

Communicate with faculty and students on a regular basis; hold multiple faculty meetings throughout the year.

Advise students; serve as the final reader of Master's theses; supervise and organize Graduate Student Master's Symposium.

Oversee the functioning of the department's classroom facilities.

Serve on school and Institute committees.

Carry out special projects as assigned by the Dean.

Perform all other related duties as required.

This administrative appointment carries a twelve-month per year workload.

Teaching: The Chair will have the option to teach one course per semester in the field of expertise without additional compensation.

Salary Range: $120K to $160K

Application Instructions:
To apply, visit https://apply.interfolio.com/116949

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.

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Qualifications & Requirements

A Ph.D. in the History of Art and/or Design, or a complementary field is required.


Applicants must have at least 2 years of academic administrative experience, a minimum of 5 years of college-level teaching experience, and a strong academic record of scholarly accomplishment. Preference will be given to candidates who hold the academic rank of Associate or full Professor with tenure.


Superior interpersonal, written, and oral communication, as well as collaboration skills, are required. Demonstrated strong administrative skills, as well as a demonstrated level of intercultural competence and ability to work well with diverse populations, are essential.
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