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Rochester Institute of Technology Seeking Administrative Chair

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The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, N.Y., USA, School of Media Sciences, is seeking an administrative chair who is a "visionary leader with a demonstrated passion" for curriculum development and organizational management in the disciplines of cross media and graphic communication. The tenured position’s faculty rank is associate professor or professor, and the anticipated start date in January 2015 (negotiable).
 
The ideal candidate will build on the legacy and work towards recruiting and retaining faculty and students, and motivating staff to ensure the school's future. S/he will be responsible for leading multidisciplinary faculty in the operation of the School's BS and MS Degree programs, hiring and mentoring faculty and staff, and creating a supportive and stimulating environment for all students. The position reports to the dean of the college.
 
The candidate should have the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity, and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration.  
Required minimum qualifications for the position are: 
  • Earned doctorate or other terminal (e.g. MFA) degree in a related field (applicants with an MS degree in a related field and extensive experience in the discipline may also be considered at the associate professor level)
  • A minimum of five years of teaching experience at the university level in undergraduate and graduate curriculum
  • Graphic communication/publishing industry connections and relationships
  • Established record of research and scholarship, including published works and conference participation
  • Higher education administrative experience (e.g. program chair, department chair, etc.)
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences. 
Founded in 1829, RIT is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. The university offers degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. 
 
The School of Media Sciences has a strong and supportive network of more than 5,000 active alumni. It offers a BS in media arts and technology and a MS in print media. Both programs impart the technical and operational insights to equip students with the innovative knowledge required to produce, transform, and orchestrate range content types for a variety of media channels. 
 
Candidates can apply online Search: 1269BR).Submit your 1) cover letter addressing the listed qualifications, 2) a vita, 3) a contribution to diversity statement, 4) teaching philosophy, 5) list of classes taught, with short descriptions, 6) minimum of three examples of peer-reviewed, scholarly publications, and 7) the names, addresses (postal and email), and phone numbers for three references. Items 3-6 can be addressed in the cover letter or CV.
 
Applicants can direct questions on the position to: Twyla J.Cummings, Ph.D. Senior Associate, Dean, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Professor School of Media Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623, 585-475-5992.
 
The position will remain open until an acceptable candidate is found.
 

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