Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), Research + Academic Affairs
Director, Research + Graduate Studies
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The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) is committed to an academic studio-based education for students in fine art, design, craft and digital media. The result is a rigorous studio program, which produces critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and artists with well-defined practices. ACAD is a leading centre for education and research; a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development. We engage the world and create possibilities.
Calgary, the cultural capital of Canada in 2012, is situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. ACAD, an integral part of Canada, Alberta and Calgary’s cultural community, offers four year bachelor’s programs and is developing our first graduate program. The College is developing an exciting long term vision that reaffirms its educational mission within an arts and cultural context where design and creativity are keys to the cultural prosperity agenda.
The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) welcomes applications from qualified candidates for the following position:
Director, Research + Graduate Studies
The Director of Research + Graduate Studies will provide leadership for the first Master of Fine Arts in Craft Media program to be established in Canada and fulfills the mandate provided to ACAD by the Government of Alberta to provide graduate level programming for art and design students. In addition to holding the credentials and qualifications listed below, it is expected that the successful candidate will be hired and appointed as Faculty, at the Associate Professor level. The successful candidate will then be seconded Academic Administration in the role of Director, Research + Graduate Studies for a term of one(1) to five (5) years. Applicants must be eligible for a permanent faculty appointment.
Reporting to the Vice President, Research + Academic Affairs, the Director must have extensive experience as an administrator leading, managing and maintaining a Masters level degree program concomitant with leading the development of a robust research institutional capacity; while maintaining and adding to Canada’s leading role in the emerging realm of research relating to art and design. The Director must bring a concrete understanding and experience with post-secondary educational policies and procedures; demonstrated ability to formulate and manage a strategic plan; the initiative to capitalize on all available resources through collaboration and outreach, and the vision to make the MFA in Craft Media a highly sought after program by applicants and partners both.
The Director of Research + Graduate Studies will lead an exploratory, interdisciplinary studio environment for craft-based art and design research and theoretical investigations; act as a mentor for graduate faculty and students; develop innovative project opportunities and entrepreneurial activity positioning ACAD as the catalyst institution in the field of art, design and cultural prosperity; identify areas for future growth and development for the program; utilize diverse and alternative avenues of income generation; link graduate research to international, national, regional art and design needs and networks; work closely with internal collaborators as well as external collaborators for developing a rigorous and robust research function and reputation for ACAD at all levels; ensures adherence to policies and procedures and supports external educational collaboration while supporting ACAD’s strategic academic goals.
Successful candidates will hold a terminal degree in art, design or related field with relevant experience in an academic environment distinguished by an excellent record of peer-reviewed publications, exhibitions, or comparable research accomplishments; a research agenda that has potential for external funding where appropriate and potential for scholarship or creative funding; a history of successful progressive responsibility in post-secondary administration; demonstrated teaching and administration in graduate education, demonstrated outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build consensus and work collaboratively with colleagues and students. Applicants should provide evidence of both professional and academic leadership as well as teaching experience that would warrant an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor.
For more information on this opportunity and to apply, please visit our Careers page at https://acadcareers.silkroad.com. Please submit applications as per the instructions on our How To Apply webpage at https://acadcareers.silkroad.com/acadrext/About_Us.html. In addition, include: artist's statements outlining philosophies and practices regarding teaching and studio practice, and digital photos of your professional work. Only applications submitted electronically will be considered. Please package all files as a single PDF document and do not submit as a “zip” or “Stuffit” compressed file. Letters of reference may be submitted by referees to HR@ACAD.ca.
Please submit applications no later than April 13, 2014.
While we welcome applications from all qualified candidates, only those selected to continue through the selection process will be contacted.
Please Note: This competition and the filling of this position is subject to final budgetary approval.
Further information about the College and this position is available on our website at www.acad.ca. ACAD is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of the College. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies although applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Please direct any questions regarding the recruitment process and/or your specific submission to HR@ACAD.ca.
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