Professor / Advanced Associate Professor & Chair, Art – University of Nevada, Reno—Main-Campus/Professor—Advanced-Associate-Professor—Chair–Art_R0127100

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Job Description

The Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for appointment as Chair of the Department of Art at the rank of professor or advanced associate professor with tenure beginning July 1, 2022.

We seek a strong leader who brings relevant academic, artistic, and administrative experience to the position. The position is open to all areas within Art (broadly defined) and Art History. The chair serves as the chief academic and fiscal officer of the department and as such, is expected to provide strong strategic and visionary leadership across all facets of the department of approximately 20 faculty and staff plus an additional 12-14 temporary instructors. The chair will oversee multiple budgets, mentor and support faculty, conduct annual personnel reviews, oversee course scheduling, foster a collegial and productive work environment, and must be familiar with current academic practices, especially those linked to university assessment and planning, Research-1 Carnegie Engaged Classification, as well as NASAD accreditation standards. The chair will work closely with faculty and staff to drive the growth of undergraduate majors (BA, BFA), minors across discipline areas, and a small, but rigorous interdisciplinary MFA.

The chair is expected to work collaboratively with the faculty and conduct departmental affairs, including departmental meetings and committee elections and appointment, in an effective and orderly manner. The chair should demonstrate transparency in decision-making and advocate for department priorities to the school, college, and university leadership.

The chair is expected to enhance relationships with college administration and the arts community to further strengthen research, outreach, and fundraising efforts. The chair will work closely with the Director of the School of the Arts (SOTA) and engage in school-wide initiatives as part of the SOTA leadership team along with the Director and Chairs of Music and Theatre and Dance. The chair will teach two (2) courses per year and maintain an active research/creative activity agenda. Finally, the chair should be prepared to continue advancing our commitment to increasing the diversity of the department’s faculty, staff and students, research/creative activities, outreach, and curriculum. The chair term is three years, renewable.

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal Degree (MFA or Ph.D.)
  • At least three years of experience in an administrative role as department chair or equivalent position that would demonstrate the applicant’s management, fiduciary, and leadership ability.
  • An established record of research/creative activity that qualifies for the appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels that qualifies for the appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching and/or service.
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, R-1 institutions.

Compensation Grade

Advanced Associate Professor
Salary Schedules:

Department Information

The UNR Department of Art is a community of artists, scholars, and designers who engage on a local, national, and global level to shape the future of our respective disciplines. Connecting students to a diverse historic context is fundamental to training the next leaders who will be reimagining visual culture and new media studies. We are defined by groundbreaking creative and scholarly research and a progressive interdisciplinary curriculum. The Department of Art offers undergraduate degree programs (BA and BFA) and one graduate degree program (MFA) covering a wide range of fine art disciplines. These include art history, book arts, ceramics, digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, videography, and a newly developed graphic design program. The department is also home to Black Rock Press, a unique space that combines artist book publication and outreach activities with the book arts curriculum.

Included in the department are lecture classrooms, 2D, 3D, and time-based media studio classrooms; a new 2D/3D digital technologies fabrication lab and several exhibition venues including a 2,000 square foot gallery primarily dedicated to student exhibition, providing our BFA and MFA students with a professional quality venue in which to exhibit their midway advancement and thesis exhibitions.

Diversity is central to the mission of the Art Department. Our faculty, staff, and students strive to foster an inclusive environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging, and expressing diverse cultural and artistic perspectives and that values diverse identities.

The Department of Art is one of three academic units within the School of the Arts (SOTA), housed in the College of Liberal Arts. The SOTA departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance enroll more than 4,000 students from a wide array of backgrounds in arts courses each semester; we believe that artistic exploration is integral to a liberal arts education. Talented students and faculty from each department engage in scholarship and creative activity that are showcased to the community on our beautiful stages, concert halls, and visual arts exhibition venues. Each year over 75,000 visitors attend University arts events that highlight a range of guest artists as well as our own outstanding faculty and student research and creative activity.

Additional information about the department can be found on its website:

College and University Information

The University of Nevada, Reno and the College of Liberal Arts strongly value diversity, equity, and inclusion. Besides housing a growing interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and affiliated faculty in the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. The College is also home to the School of the Arts. The College plays an active role in addressing racism, bias, and inequities in society and at the local level. For examples of the innovative and unique ways we are working to dismantle racism, visit our Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The College emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public Research 1 land-grant institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students. We are a comprehensive, doctoral university that has been designated as a Carnegie R1 institution with very high research activity and a Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Nearly half of our students are students of color, and we are officially an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University’s land grant, tier-one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music, and festival scene. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse, and growing city located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of more than 500,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many U.S. transportation hubs and to Mexico. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds bring to the education experience. We believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusivity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. The University of Nevada, Reno is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a Dual Career Assistance Program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Contact Information for this position

Search Chair: Ann M Archbold

Search Coordinator: Jodie E. Helman



Full-Time Equivalent


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  • A complete Curriculum Vita.
  • Cover letter stating qualifications, experience, management style, research plans and teaching experience.
  • Contact Information for three professional references.
  • A brief diversity statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.
  • Either a writing sample or a link to a portfolio of 10 to 20 examples of professional work. (total time-based media duration 10 minutes maximum)

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made. First review of applications will begin November 30, 2021.

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