Department Chair, School of Media Sciences

Rochester Institute of Technology in New York

Date Posted August 21, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Requisition Number

Position Title
Department Chair

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

CIAS School of Media Sciences

Faculty Type (Tenure Status)

Faculty Discipline
Media Arts Technology

Faculty Rank
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor

Employment Category

Anticipated Start Date

Department/College Description


THE UNIVERSITY AND ROCHESTER COMMUNITY: RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology 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. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.

Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 79th largest city in the United States and the third largest metropolitan area in New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to over one million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 16% African and Latin Americans and another 7% of international origin. It is also home to the largest deaf community per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 3rd among the best metropolitan regions for “raising a family" by Forbes Magazine; 6th among 379 metropolitan areas as “Best Places to Live in America” by Places Rated Almanac; 1st in Expansion Management Magazine’s ranking of metropolitan areas having the best “quality of life in the nation”; and is among Essence Magazine’s “Top 10 Cities for Black Families.”

Detailed Job Description
The School of Media Sciences seeks a visionary leader with a demonstrated passion for curriculum development and organizational management in the disciplines of cross media and graphic communication. 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.

This position reports to the Dean of the College.

Required Minimum Qualifications
• 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 5 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.

Required Minimum Education Level

Required Application Documents
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
List of References
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Statement of Diversity Contribution

How To Apply
Apply online at
• Search openings, then Keyword Search: 1269BR.

Please submit: your curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and the following attachments:

• A contribution to diversity statement
• Teaching philosophy
• List of classes taught, with short descriptions
• Minimum of three examples of peer-reviewed, scholarly publications
• The names, addresses (postal and email) and phone numbers for three references.

Applicants can direct questions on the position to: Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D. Senior Associate Dean, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623,

Review of applications will begin starting September 15, 2014. The position will remain open until an acceptable candidate is found.

Additional Details
RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.

RIT provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, veterans or wounded warriors where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion.  For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX at or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov

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