Head of the MFA in Collaborative Design / MA in Design Systems

Pacific Northwest College of Art

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The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) seeks a Department Head for its MFA in Collaborative Design and MA in Design Systems programs.

The Collaborative Design and Design Systems programs produce creative leaders who apply a systems mindset and a toolkit of design, analytical, and entrepreneurial skills to drive positive impact in private, public, and non-profit sectors.

The successful candidate will bring a compelling vision of how design thinking, facilitation skills, systems based thinking, a human-centered approach, and a background in interactive or experiential design can prepare students for a future in design. This candidate will also be able to show how these approaches can amplify a background in interactive or experiential design to inform and shape both the private and public sectors. The candidate will have strong

connections to national and international creative communities, practice, and resources, and the desire to create an internationally competitive program. The Candidate will also be charged with

the development of another graduate-level design program built off the current infrastructure of the CD/DS programs.


● Work collaboratively with the staff and faculty in HFSGS in recruitment strategies to increase applicant quality

● Support recruitment and enrollment to meet designated annual targets

● Build new Design Program making use of the Collaborative Design curriculum and structure

● Maintain collegial program relationships with both internal and external constituencies

● Teach 4 classes per year, with at least 3 in the Collaborative Design program

● Work with faculty and the Graduate Curriculum Committee to develop, evaluate, and continually improve course content and syllabi and achieve learning outcomes

● Coordinate the assignment of faculty and professional mentors

● Help create and maintain a highly positive community of program faculty, students, and other stakeholders

● Work with Financial Aid and Student Services offices to communicate with and support MFA students

● Supervise safe and healthy studio practices amongst students

● Develop, propose, and help manage the MFA budget on an annual basis

● Participate on faculty committees

● Maintain relevant and effective processes to evaluate student outcomes, curriculum, faculty, and mentors in order to determine and implement productive improvement initiatives

● Work with the HFSGS Director and support team to position the CD/DS programs and PNCA to retain and successfully recruit students from a national and international reputation in arts education

● Help the Graduate School raise program visibility and use professional networks to support the visiting artist program and the program as a whole

● Support the HFSGS Director in the selection of Visiting Artists

● Grow graduate-level curricular offerings across PNCA graduate programs

● Support institutional values and vision of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies

● Serve as a professional mentor and academic advisor for all students in the AC+D Program

● Manage and facilitate a strong sense of community within the program and with other stakeholders

● Work with Director of Career Services, Bridgelab (the PNCA entrepreneurship resource center), and others to establish internships and other professional opportunities for graduate students

● Help organize and participate in successful Graduate orientation and other related programming

● Participate in accreditation evaluation process

● Create and maintain strategies to support CD+DS alumni


● MFA degree or higher in fine art, design, architecture, applied arts, or related degree

● Thorough understanding of contemporary and historical issues in design

● Understanding of core contemporary and historical models of ecological/sustainable art and design practice

● Knowledge of, and experience in, both studio and business practice of design.

● Hands-on experience with the processes of making and building

● Ability to build, implement and use evaluative measures to assess student outcomes and program success

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Priority Deadline – February 1st. Open until filled

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Posted on November 5