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Director, MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program
Goddard College

Plainfield, VT & Port Townsend, WA


Plainfield, VT & Port Townsend, WA Residency Sites Full Time, Benefit Eligible

Goddard College, located in Plainfield, Vermont, and Port Townsend, Washington has been a leader in progressive education for more than six decades. We seek a creative, experienced, and collaborative individual to join us as Director of the Masters of Fine Arts program in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA). This low‐residency program has approximately 80 students and 12 faculty members; students work with faculty advisors to design and carry out personalized, student‐centered programs of study in the arts.

The MFAIA Director will be responsible for hiring, training, supporting and evaluating faculty; consulting with staff to recruit and review prospective students; and counseling students regarding program norms and personal issues. The MFAIA Director will also oversee all program operations including: coordinating faculty and administration efforts on program pedagogy, design and development; and coordinating with students, faculty, and staff to design and implement the four, ten‐day long, intensive residencies, per year.

Successful candidates will have a terminal degree in their field and administrative experience in higher education that includes: demonstrated skills in collaborative leadership; a background working with adult learners; an understanding of and commitment to the theory and practice of progressive education; and demonstrated experience in supporting institutional diversity. Additionally, successful candidates will have an established scholarly or creative practice and a developed understanding of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity. Experience with progressive educational philosophies and practices is required, along with and ability to connect with students. Candidates should be conversant with post‐colonial, anti‐ oppression, and social justice lenses, practices, and strategies. Finally, candidates should understand relational practices, social engagement, and community‐based arts.

Please submit a vita, three prior employment references, including their names and contact information, and a concise letter of no more than three single‐spaced pages describing (1) your philosophy of and experience with progressive student‐centered education, (2) your training and experience in art education and supervision, (3) your efforts to support institutional diversity, and (4) your understanding of the obstacles and opportunities facing graduate educational programs committed to social change.

This position is full time (100% of FTE) and is eligible for our generous benefit package.

Application Due Date: December 1, 2014

Application Instructions: To be considered for this position, all applications must be electronically submitted by clicking on the following link and uploading your documents.

Applications that are mailed or emailed will not be considered.

Goddard is committed to creating a college representative of a diverse global community and capable of creating change. We encourage qualified candidates from groups currently underrepresented in our institution to apply. 


Deadline: 12-01-2014

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