Department Chair Visual & Performing Arts

Posting Details

Position Information

Business Title Department Chair Visual & Performing Arts
Job Title Department Chair Visual & Performing Arts
Posting Number F2012120

Position Summary Information

Position Summary

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University seeks applicants for department chair. The position begins July 1, 2018.

Clayton State University, a Senior Unit of the University System of Georgia, is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Focused on community engaged learning, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) seeks leadership that values and strives to promote diverse cultural traditions. VPA comprises the disciplines of Art, Communication and Media Studies, Dance, Film, Music, and Theatre. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Communication and Media Studies, Film Production, and Performing Arts. The largest degree major, Communication and Media Studies, offers a diversity of courses in areas including media studies, design and production, organization and corporate communication, advocacy and social justice. Film Production—with the only stand alone BA in Film Production available in Georgia—is a leader in the education of film professionals in Georgia’s burgeoning film industry and a partner with the Georgia Film Academy. Performing Arts offers a flexible arts curriculum with emphases in Music, Music Education, or Theatre. The Division of Music is a fully-accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and the music education program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The department offers additional minors in Art, Corporate Communication, and Dance. Renowned Spivey Hall, located on Clayton State University’s campus, partners with VPA in performance and educational projects. For additional information visit

The department chair will be a collaborative leader who supports a culturally diverse faculty and student body and advocates effectively for all programs in the department. The chair performs a variety of duties, including:
• Administrative leadership in departmental budget management; curriculum development and review; enrollment management; recruitment, evaluation, and mentoring of faculty and staff
• Coordination of the department’s participation in college and institutional initiatives
• Teach a 25% load (equivalent to 9 credit hours per year)
• Other duties as assigned

The Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Salary will be commensurate with experience.


• A terminal degree in one related department discipline.
• A proven record of scholarship/creative activity, teaching, and service activities, and achievement of the rank Associate Professor or Professor
• Academic administrative experience (e.g. supervisor, budget management)
• Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

• Experience with collaborations among the department’s disciplines and with exterior industry professionals
• Commitment to fostering cultural diversity in the departmental community
• Experience in student and faculty recruitment and retention
• Experience or familiarity with academic program accreditation practices

Minimum Education Requirements

A terminal degree in one related department discipline.

Responsibilities Summary
Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Posting Detail Information

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin January 8, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application that addresses the qualifications and responsibilities of the position, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of the candidate’s leadership philosophy, unofficial transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work, and the contact information for three current references.

Clayton State University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Clayton State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy please contact the Clayton State University Office of Human Resources at (678) 466-4230. Individuals requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Disability Resource Center at: (678) 466-5445.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcripts
  4. Statement of candidate's leadership philosophy
Optional Documents