Western Michigan University Director – Frostic School of Art POSITION The Director of the Frostic School of Art is an annual administrative appointment with faculty tenure, the appointment beginning July 1, 2010. The salary and faculty rank are commensurate with experience and qualifications. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS The Frostic School of Art seeks a dynamic, creative, and visionary advocate responsible for the promotion of the school locally, nationally, and internationally. The position requires a terminal degree or academic equivalency, and an established record of academic accomplishment in a chosen field sufficient to warrant a tenured faculty appointment in the Frostic School of Art. Candidates will have the ability to evaluate tenure and promotion dossiers, and have demonstrated success in arts administration. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS • Experience with budget management • Experience with community relations and fund raising • History of building supportive relationships among colleagues RESPONSIBILITIES The Director will represent the Frostic School of Art and oversee its strategic advancement. Responsibilities include curricular, personnel, financial, community, and operational activities such as student/faculty/staff recruitment and retention, endowment management, alumni/donor relations, and fund raising. ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. Staff positions that support the Director include an office coordinator, office assistant, director of exhibitions, a Design Center office associate, a Design Center production manager, sculpture technician, wood shop supervisor, two academic advisors, and College of Fine Arts technology coordinator. SCHOOL OF ART The Frostic School of Art fosters the potential of the visual arts to enrich and elevate the human condition. Comprised of a vibrant community of artists, scholars, educators, students, and friends, the school encourages collaboration, collegiality, and conversation within the context of the arts and the greater community. The Frostic School of Art is a part of the College of Fine Arts along with the School of Music and Departments of Dance and Theatre. The school’s new and renovated facilities, in close proximity to other units in the college, create exciting cross-disciplinary opportunities for students and faculty. Western Michigan University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The 19 full-time faculty, 18 part-time faculty, and 9 professional staff serve 450 art majors in a population of 24,000 University students. The Frostic School of Art offers the following degrees: BA in Art, BFA in Art with an emphasis in Ceramics, Metals/Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking, Photography/Intermedia, or Sculpture, BFA in Art Education, BFA in Graphic Design, BA in Art History, and MA in Art Education. In recent years, an impressive infusion of new faculty talent has been added to a solid foundation of senior faculty. The Frostic School of Art also conducts study abroad programs in Rome, and Indonesia and is affiliated with Studio Art Centers International in Florence. ART FACILITIES AND RESOURCES The Frostic School of Art is located in 130,000 square feet of facilities. The award-winning architectural design of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, dedicated in April 2007, includes three galleries, graphic design classrooms and the Design Center, lecture halls, and administrative offices. The RCVA is connected to Kohrman Hall with freshly renovated studio spaces with new, state-of-the-art equipment. The school has a significant teaching collection of contemporary prints, and has access to a collection of artists books th housed in the libraries. The outdoor Sculpture Tour, now in its 18 year, engages the university community with a scheduled rotation of sculpture and visiting artists. The school enjoys considerable community support with the Friends of the Richmond Center, who are involved in gallery programs, special events, and student support. The school also enjoys generous discretionary endowment and gift funds. COLLEGE The College of Fine Arts—the first in Michigan—is one of only 14 in the nation encompassing music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts. It is one of only six in which all four disciplines are nationally accredited, making it a "College of Distinction." UNIVERSITY AND KALAMAZOO Western Michigan University, a national research university and one of America’s 40 largest institutions of higher learning, enrolls 24,000 students with 25 percent at the graduate level. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activity. With approximately 975 faculty, the University consists of seven degree-granting colleges, a graduate college, and the Lee Honors College. WMU is renowned for its Medieval Congress, which hosts scholars from around the world each spring. Miller Auditorium is the third largest concert hall in the state and the Gilmore Theatre Complex also brings national and international talent to the University. Kalamazoo is also the home of the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. Located in Kalamazoo, an arts-friendly community—midway between Detroit and Chicago—the University enjoys easy access to both metropolitan areas. Kalamazoo is also honored by the recent announcement of the “Kalamazoo Promise,” an endowment program that provides each Kalamazoo Public School graduate with the opportunity to attend a post-secondary institution with up to a 100% tuition scholarship. Information is available at: http://www/kalamazoopublicschools.com/. Kalamazoo County (240,000+) offers many good school districts and a variety of attractive housing options (country, suburban, and city) within 20 minutes drive. Proximity to Lake Michigan offers unique recreational opportunities and two world-class hospitals are located within the city limits. COMMUNITY ARTS Kalamazoo County hosts ninety-plus arts organizations, including our own Richmond Center for Visual Arts, the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Fontana Chamber Arts, and the Wellspring Dance Company. The Art Hop, a community-wide gallery tour, brings artists and audiences together one evening each month. Many arts organizations are housed in the city’s Epic Center, a downtown facility supported by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. Over 60 artists, artisans, designers, entrepreneurs and small business people inhabit the studios of the Park Trades Center, a converted manufacturing facility. APPLICATION Interested candidates should send an application letter, detailed curriculum vitae including administrative accomplishments and work history, a statement of administrative philosophy, evidence of creative or scholarly practice, and the names and contact information for five confidential references. Applications need to be submitted electronically at www.wmich.edu/hr. Instructions for submission are available on the website. WMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. DEADLINE Review of files will begin October 1, 2009, and continue until the position is filled. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION The School of Art website is http://www.wmich.edu/art.
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