Professor & Director, School of Art & Art History

University of South Florida


Location: USF Tampa Campus, Florida, USA
Role: Professor & Director
Salary Plan: Faculty
Job Opening Number: 35597
Closing Date: 15 March 2024



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 toward a vibrant future. The School is currently re-examining its curriculum and community engagements and is primed for new leadership with a fresh perspective. The Director serves as the chief 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 scholarly and creative community. The Director is a key member of the Dean’s Leadership Team- a collaborative, consultative, innovative 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 drive a shared vision for the School of Art & Art History. This vision should embody the recently completed strategic plan which includes a focus on research/creative practice, student success, 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 celebrates cultural differences to expand perspectives through art and creativity.

As we elevate our international prominence, deep engagement with our local community is a point of distinction. Enriching collaborative relationships across the College and University with units like Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum and the other schools in the College are key to our success. 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.


Qualifications (Education and Experience)

Minimum Qualifications

Successful candidates will have:

  • Terminal degree in art, art history, design 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:

  • Experience establishing strategic partnerships, ie 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 visionary leadership of an academic unit, organization, or large-scale project;
  • Experience in designing and implementing inventive and inclusive curricula, that are current with industry trends and educational advancements;
  • Demonstrated commitment to students, faculty and teaching.

Please provide the following documents when completing your application:

  • Letter of interest in this position;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Contact information for 3 references;
  • Links to professional works/portfolio;
  • Links to student works.


USF Tampa - Information for Applicants

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

How To Apply

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