Program Head of Applied Craft and Design

Deadline June 01, 2019

The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and its Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as Program Department Head of its MFA in Applied Craft and Design (AC+D). program.

The AC+D program combines hands on making and design methodology with a focus on sustainability and entrepreneurship. The successful candidate will bring a compelling vision of how craft, design and art processes can blend to inform, challenge and expand current dialogues and practices. The candidate will have strong connections to local, national and international creative communities, practices and resources, and the desire to create an internationally competitive program. The Department Head will lead the program faculty and create opportunities for student learning and professional development. The Department Head participate in recruitment for the program alongside the Associate and Assistant Administrative Directors, and will work to expand program visibility.

The Program Head and the other program faculty form the backbone of the academic experience, supplemented by PNCA’s extended community of visiting artists, scholars and other creative/intellectual leaders, who bring added diversity, richness and intellectual depth to the students’ learning. PNCA and its Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies function as a laboratory where cross-pollination amongst artists, designers and scholars fosters a lively and imaginative community of making and critical discussion.

The Program Head will organize and teach courses each semester, serve as the primary advisor to the students, and provide leadership and representation of the program wherever needed. They will also co-author and collaborate with the Director of the HFSGS, undergraduate and graduate programs to build curricular relationships and strengthen the program’s reach across the institution.

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
Maintain collegial program relationships with both internal and external constituencies
Teach 4 classes a year and at least 3 in the 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 at least 1 PNCA committee every year as a way to provide service to the college. Attend at least 3 senate meetings a year.
Maintain relevant and effective processes to evaluate student outcomes, curriculum, faculty and mentors to determine and implement productive improvement initiatives
Work with the HFSGS and The Chair to position the AC+D program and PNCA to maintain successfully recruit students from a national and international reputation in arts education
Help the Graduate School to raise program visibility and use professional networks to support the visiting artist program and the program as a whole
Support the Chair and 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
Coordinate and manage the assignment of faculty
Facilitate effective evaluation of student outcomes, curriculum and faculty
Based on annual evaluations, recommend and implement strategies for overall program improvement
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 to organize and participate in successful Graduate orientation and other related programming
Participate in accreditation evaluation process
Create and maintain strategies to support AC+D alumni


MFA degree or higher in fine art, design, architecture, applied arts or related degree
Thorough understanding of contemporary and historical issues in craft and 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, craft or art
Hands-on experience with the processes of making and building
Ability to implement and undertake evaluative measures to assess student outcomes and program success
Ability to engage productively in institutional long-range planning
Demonstrable success at teaching and student advising at the college level, or equivalent
Excellent writing and communication skills
Strong professional network and commitment to connecting students to professional opportunities
Knowledge of current technology and its integration into creative practice and production Personal desire and drive to lead an innovative, high quality program
Significant experience in curriculum development, scheduling, and management
A commitment to understand, discuss and support diverse student intentions
Ability to implement and undertake evaluative measures to assess student outcomes and program success
Demonstrated ability to forge strong relationships and connections with creative communities at the regional, national and international level


Well traveled with substantial cross and intercultural experience
Strong Administrative experience
Experience with institutional evaluation/assessment processes
Demonstrated practical design experience informed by a craft (hand-based) framework
Experience with institutional evaluation and assessment
Understanding of entrepreneurial strategies and dynamics facing aspiring makers in the 21st century


PNCA’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies currently consists of six programs: MFA in Visual Studies Program, MFA in Visual Studies Low Residency, MFA in Collaborative Design, MFA in Applied Craft and Design (with OCAC), MA in Critical Studies and the MFA in Print Media. Named in honor of the late Hallie Ford, the Graduate School’s purpose is to establish within PNCA innovative advanced programs in visual education. Through these programs PNCA is seeking collaborative relationships between students, international artists, and the region’s art, design and business communities, and to extend the institution’s intellectual resource platform.

Founded in 1909 and located in an award-winning campus in the heart of Portland, Oregon, PNCA’s mission is to prepare students for a life of creative practice. It is one of a handful of West Coast institutions accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design offering BFA and MFA degrees. A PNCA education is centered on the core themes of studio practice, professional practice, critical inquiry, and worldview. A PNCA education prepares students to interpret the conditions and events shaping the world, and enables them to engage that world and its cultures with understanding, enthusiasm and integrity.
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PNCA recognizes that diverse classrooms and workplaces offer the richest learning opportunities. The College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. PNCA is therefore committed to a policy of equality in our admission and employment practices. All students and employees will be treated fairly at all times and without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, veteran or marital status, source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or the presence of any sensory, physical, psychological or learning disability, and all other bases prohibited by local, state, or federal law. PNCA welcomes applications from candidates that expand the college’s diversity and strongly encourages applications from Black, indigenous, people of color, women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, other historically marginalized people, and covered veterans.


Send letter of interest including: resume/CV with email contact information, statement of teaching philosophy, 2 syllabi, 20 samples of professional work, contact information for 3 references.
Optional: 10 samples of student work

All files should be saved as PDFs and emailed with the subject header
“Program Head of AC+D Search”

***Please do not send paper submissions. Materials mailed to PNCA will not be returned***

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