Department Chair Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • May 08, 2020
Full time   Art & Art History Humanities: Other Languages & Literature Mathematics & Statistics Social & Behavioral Sciences

Job Description

Otis College of Art and Design is accepting applications for a full-time Department Chair of its Liberal Arts and Sciences program. The Department Chair provides educational and administrative leadership for the department and coordination of curricular needs with undergraduate and graduate studio department Chairs. Distinguished scholars/educators with significant professional accomplishments and college teaching experience are encouraged to apply. Otis College’s Liberal Arts and Sciences program emphasizes critical thinking, visual literacy, communication and general education for all students in all majors, and prepares students to serve a global audience. The Department Chair reports directly to the Provost.


• Managing and evaluating effective operations and functioning of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program consistent with the philosophy, mission, and values of the College.
• Primary leadership in departmental curriculum planning, academic program development and evaluation, academic advising, and formulation and communication of relevant departmental policies and procedures.
• Collaboration with the Provost and colleagues toward the meeting of strategic and College-wide goals and objectives, and the distinction of Otis in the marketplace for art/design in higher education.
• Recruitment, selection, supervision, and development of an ethnically and racially diverse departmental faculty, and the annual evaluation of the full-time and part-time members of departmental faculty.
• Annual and long-range strategic planning, including budget and facilities planning and implementation and monthly budget monitoring and reconciliation responsibilities for all areas within the department.
• Collaboration with the studio degree and core program leaders on the development and meeting of curricular requirements and sequences, as mandated by WASC and/or NASAD accreditation guidelines.
• Thought leadership and commitment to developing faculty’s pedagogical practices to support the success of students of diverse backgrounds, experiences and learning styles.
Articulating and championing the importance of Liberal Arts and Sciences to Art & Design students, generating students’ intellectual curiosity, and engaging students in the pursuit of studio/LAS interdisciplinary thinking.
• Training, supervision, and evaluation of departmental office staff.
• Scheduling and chairing regular meetings of the department’s faculty and staff to ensure a spirit of collaboration and the best possible communication and participation in departmental and college policies, events, and planning.
• Assessing the strengths and necessary improvements of the department’s academic/curricular areas, leading departmental program reviews, and active participation in all College-wide assessment and accreditation activities.
• Full participation in College governance activities, including committee service.
• Responsible for advising all students as needed in collaboration with major departments, Foundation, and Student Affairs.
• Representation of the department in the community with consortia, professional associations, conferences, openings, and other functions that serve to support Otis faculty/students/alumni, further the College’s leadership position, and/or communicate the College’s achievements.
• Attendance at relevant Otis College functions and public events, both during and after regular work hours.
• Assistance with fundraising proposal development, donor cultivation and solicitation, and external partnership cultivation, as needed.
• Undertaking of any other assignments that are deemed necessary to support the department’s mission.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Applicants must have significant distinctions in a relevant scholarly discipline, a record of exemplary professional accomplishments, an established record of teaching excellence at the college level, knowledge and experience with innovative pedagogical practices, the interest and ability to work with a diverse student body, faculty and staff, and demonstrated excellence in administrative leadership of a program or curriculum within a comparably accredited institution of higher learning. A minimum of master’s level graduate degree in the field is required—Ph.D. preferred. Strong organizational, leadership, decision-making, collaborative, verbal/written communication, and quantitative skills are also required. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and proficiency in basic accounting practices are preferred. The position offers competitive compensation and benefits.

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