Job Listing: Chair of Humanities and Media Studies Dept., Brooklyn NY, Pratt Institute

My department is hiring a new Chair, because our current chair has served out his six year term, and now is excited to join us as full time faculty and return to teaching. Please post widely, as we have many exciting things going on and are looking for an outstanding candidate! If you have any questions, please email me, I am on the search committee.



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Chairperson – Humanities and Media Studies

POSITION SUMMARY:Reporting to the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Chair of the Department of Humanities and Media Studies (HMS) oversees the curriculum, faculty, and day-to-day operations of a vibrant, collegial and interdisciplinary department of 15 full-time and about 50 part-time faculty.

HMS includes two degree programs: the longstanding BFA in Creative Writing, and the MA in Media Studies (beginning fall 2013); MFAs in Writing and in Performance and Performance Studies are in the approvals process.  The department also offers 5 minors: Cinema Studies, Creative Writing, Literature and Writing, Media Studies, and Performance and Performance Studies.  In addition to offering a required Freshman Writing sequence (Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies), HMS offers a range of electives in media and cinema studies, performance and performance studies, English and comparative literary studies, journalism, foreign languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish), communications, and music.  HMS also houses Pratt’s Writing Across the Curriculum program. The department is committed to building diversity in curriculum and across the Institute.

The chair will assume intellectual and administrative leadership of a faculty drawn to Pratt by the opportunity to work in the interdisciplinary environment of a top-rated college of art, design, and architecture, and to teach students who are often highly creative, as well as academically well prepared. The chair will be a person whose vision embraces the intellectual and creative missions of the department’s disciplines both in themselves and in their co-evolution with each other and with their art-and-design-school environment.

Pratt is an internationally recognized school of architecture, art, design, and information science, which draws students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. The Institute is located on a 25-acre campus in the historic Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn.


Supervise assistant chair and assistant to the chair.

Appoint and supervise degree program coordinators.

Oversee teaching assignments and course scheduling.

Oversee faculty recruitment, evaluation and development.

Convene departmental faculty meetings.

Oversee curriculum development.

Administer the department’s budget.

Teach one course per semester.

Undertake divisional and Institute committee service as assigned by Dean.

Carry out special projects and assume all other related duties as required.



A Ph.D. or M.F.A. in a relevant field is required.


Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years’ college level teaching experience in a relevant discipline as well as a record of scholarly and/or creative accomplishment. Prior administrative experience is also required.


Demonstrated strong administrative and interpersonal skills are essential.

SALARY is commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit your c.v., cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications to begin November 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.



Job Location
Brooklyn, NY US
Position Type

~ by chris on September 19, 2012.

2 Responses to “Job Listing: Chair of Humanities and Media Studies Dept., Brooklyn NY, Pratt Institute”

  1. Have you finalized your candidates, Chris, or hired the new chair yet?

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