Professor/Chair, Art



Job description


Job Description
The Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno, is entering a new phase of growth and development. The Department will occupy part of a newly constructed University Arts Building. This building will allow for the doubling in size of University Galleries which is linked to the department. There is a new Fabrication Laboratory supporting multiple programmatic efforts. Existing spaces are scheduled for remodeling, especially in support of sculpture and ceramics. Space is also being designed for a new Graphic Design program. With several recent hires, the department is dynamic and changing. With the recent retirements of senior faculty and the addition of emerging early career scholars, the department’s demographics motivate our search for an external chair.

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, although preference may be given to a candidate who complements the department’s current staffing and projected needs. The department chair will provide academic and administrative leadership to approximately 22 faculty and staff. The chair will oversee multiple budgets, conduct personnel reviews, oversee course scheduling, and must be familiar with current academic practices especially those linked to University assessment and planning. The chair will work closely with faculty and staff to drive the growth of majors (including a BFA), minors (multiple areas), and an expanding MFA. The chair is expected to enhance relationships with college administration and the arts community to further strengthen research, outreach, and fund raising efforts. The chair will teach two (2) courses per year. Finally, the chair should be prepared to continue advancing our commitment to increasing the diversity of the department’s faculty, creative activities, outreach, and curriculum.

Required Qualifications
Qualifications for the position include a terminal degree, MFA or PhD; an established record of research/artistic and teaching excellence that qualifies for appointment at the rank of Full Professor; and previous administrative experience that would demonstrate the applicant’s capacity to carry out the duties of department chair.

Department Information
The Department of Art is housed in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, which is a Tier One research institution. The College of Liberal Arts administers more than 20 majors and minors, and is the largest college at the university ( The Department of Art offers undergraduate degree programs 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 has approximately 165 undergraduate majors. There are an additional 100 plus minors. The department provides a focused environment emphasizing critical perspectives and historical knowledge leading to an informed appreciation of the world’s artistic heritage. In recent years, the department has experienced growth in the number of faculty, research productivity, and external funding awards. Additional information about the department can be found on its website:
Diversity is central to the mission of the Art Department. Our faculty, staff, and students strive to foster an environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging, and expressing diverse cultural and artistic perspectives and that is respectful of diverse identities.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a land-grant campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 22,000. The University offers 70 M.A. and Ph.D. programs in nine colleges. Reno is a vibrant, growing city of 300,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts. Reno is rated as one of the topic locations in the US for living and outdoor recreation. The University and its metropolitan area enjoy a flourishing and diverse intellectual, artistic, and cultural community. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

Compensation Grade

Total Compensation
The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving expenses (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.

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.

Contact Information for this position
Eric Herzik,


Full-Time Equivalent

Note to Applicant
A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.
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As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver’s license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

How to apply

To apply, visit—Main-Campus/Professo r-Chair–Art_R0112325.

Required Attachment(s)
Please attach the following documents to your application. Please contact, the day you apply, if assistance is needed with attachments:
1) Resume/CV
2) Cover Letter
3) Either a writing sample or a portfolio link that includes 20 images of professional work
4) Contact information for three professional references
5) Please write a brief 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

This posting is open until filled

For full consideration please apply by November 1, 2018. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevadas land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a Top Tier Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

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 educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a persons age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

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