Professor & Director of School of Art & Art History


Tampa, FL 33620




Dec 21, 2022

Department: School of Art & Art History

College/Division: College of The Arts - USF

Salary Plan: Full-time

Hiring Salary/Salary Range: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The School of Art & Art History at the University of South Florida is searching for an innovative, creative and visionary leader who is ready to build on its success and chart a new direction for the School toward a vibrant future. The Director will serve as the academic and administrative officer of the School of Art & Art History, reporting to the Dean of the College of The Arts. The Director is responsible for facilitating and supporting a high level of research productivity for faculty and students in addition to developing a collegial and rigorous academic community. The Director is a key member of the Dean’s Leadership Team- a collaborative, consultative and dynamic group of directors, who work closely to advance the mission and goals of the College of The Arts.

The ideal candidate will facilitate and build a collaborative shared vision for the School of Art and Art History. This vision should embody the recently completed strategic plan which includes a focus on research/creative practice, and meaningful community engagement and access. The director will continue to develop the department’s commitment to recruit and support excellent faculty and students and foster a culture that promotes justice with an emphatic affirmation that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As we elevate our international prominence, we believe a deep engagement with our local community is a point of distinction. A successful candidate will invest in alumni and innovative partnerships and actively build new collaborative relationships. By embracing opportunities to embed the School of Art & Art History in the rapidly growing regional communities, including USF campuses in Tampa, St Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, the School of Art & Art History will advance the stature of the College of The Arts and the University of South Florida.

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Information for Applicants
This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 32903

Posting Date: 12/12/2022

Equal Employment Opportunity
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About USF
The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News & World Report’s national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Working at USF
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Minimum Qualifications
Successful candidates will have:

  • Terminal degree in art, art history, or related field (i.e., MFA, PhD), or professional experience equivalent.
  • An established record of distinguished research, teaching, creative activity and service, that are sufficient for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate across disciplines in and outside of the arts.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with demonstrated ability to lead effective change in diverse groups.
  • Experience working with community organizations through outreach, research, teaching and/or creative activities.
  • Experience with fundraising/donor relations/ alumni/interdisciplinary grants.
  • Experience managing multi-source academic budgets.
  • Evidence of established leadership of an academic unit, organization, or large-scale project.