School Director and Professor

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Arts/Museum
Department:13020100 - COTA-ART-DIRECTOR

Classification Title:

School of Art + Art History Director and Professor

Job Description:

The School of Art and Art History (SA+AH) seeks a dynamic director for our diverse programs in Art Education, Art History, Design, Museum Studies, and Studio Art. Working with faculty, staff, and students the next Director will help shape the future of the SA+AH as part of a preeminent, comprehensive, land-grant research university (ranked in the top 15 public universities by U.S. News & World Report). We seek a forward-looking leader with management, interpersonal, and communication skills to administer the school's BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD programs. The ideal candidate will have a record of success with fund-raising, strategic planning, budget management, recruitment, and guiding faculty through the tenure and promotion process, as well as a commitment to shared governance and professional development of faculty and staff. The Director is responsible for promoting an environment that advances diversity, tolerance, and transparency, while advocating effectively for the school locally, nationally, and internationally.

THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA: The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation's most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet. 

COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The College of the Arts fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence, and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university's mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,300 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 100 faculty members in its three accredited schools — the School of Art + Art History, School of Music, School of Theatre + Dance. In addition to its schools, the college comprises the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute, the Center for Arts and Public Policy, the Center for World Arts, the University Galleries, and the Univeresity level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami. 

SCHOOL OF ART + ART HISTORY: Organized within the College of the Arts, the School of Art + Art History plays an important role in the academic life of the university and in the community. The school has 34 full-time faculty, 320 undergraduate students, and more than 120 graduate students. Degree programs include the B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. Areas of study include visual art studies, art history, art education, museum studies, graphic design, and studio art (art + technology, ceramics, creative photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture). Also a part of the School of Art + Art History is the University Galleries—University Gallery, the Gary R. Libby Gallery, and Grinter Gallery — which provide exhibition space for professional and student artwork. The University Galleries play an integral role in the teaching mission of the School of Art + Art History, the College of the Arts, as well as serving the entire UF and Gainesville community. The School of Art + Art History is also home to WARP, (the Workshop for Art Research and Practice), the 4Most Gallery, and work and design facilities at Infinity Hall. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The art education program is accredited by NCATE. For more information, visit

Advertised Salary:

Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must hold a terminal degree in Art Education, Art History, Design, Museum Studies, Studio Art or related field and a record of distinction in research, teaching, and service commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor.

Preferred Qualifications:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida's online application system at Online applications must include the following in one pdf document: (1) a letter of application addressing how the candidate's experiences and qualifications match the position requirements; (2) a curriculum vitae.; (3) statement of administrative philosophy; (4) statement of teaching philosophy; (5) research statement; (6) links to view creative or academic research samples online; (7) names and contact information for three references.  The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time.  Review of applications will begin January 6, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Nominations and Inquiries may be sent, in confidence, to: Baker and Associates LLC, who is assisting in this search.

Martin M. Baker, Senior Vice President

Baker and Associates LLC

4799 Olde Towne Parkway, Suite 202

Marietta, GA 30068 


Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at


The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

Health Assessment Required: No


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