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School of Design, Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, NY

For full consideration, apply by February 17, 2023

The School of Design at Pratt Institute seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as Chairperson of the Undergraduate Communications Design department. The ideal candidate will possess both professional and academic experience; effective and inclusive communication skills; expertise in strategic planning; and a vision for how they intend to lead and develop the established and renowned undergraduate program that offers a BFA in communications design with areas of emphasis in graphic design and illustration.

The Chairperson is responsible for the overall management and future direction of the department’s academic programs, in alignment with Pratt’s mission and in support of the institution’s strategic plan. The Chairperson will assume academic and administrative leadership of the department and will develop programs to complement, enhance, and build upon its prestige and reputation. The selected candidate will report to the Dean of the School of Design and work closely with the dean and other department chairs in the school as we continue to develop interdisciplinary opportunities for students and faculty. The department shares offices with the Graduate Communications Design department and the two chairs will work together regarding shared faculty, facilities and curricular development. The Chairperson will manage approximately 8 full time faculty, 96 part time faculty, two Assistant Chairs, and an Assistant to the Chair.


The School of Design (SoD) educates curious makers in design practice to impact the world around them through the design of our messages, objects, spaces, and systems. Recognizing the interdisciplinary commonalities of our design disciplines, the School celebrates, connects, and educates designers whose creative endeavors will shape our world in critical ways. We believe that design connects: our work facilitates exchange, communication, and the building of community. Design enables: our work expands our physical and mental abilities. Design sustains: our work addresses the world’s limited resources and our significant environmental challenges. Design empowers: our work promotes equality, inclusiveness, and the free movement of people. Design humanizes: our work offers civil solutions for improving quality of life.


Pratt Institute provides the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Institute’s impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, a landmark building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers.

Today, Pratt and its exceptional faculty pride themselves on being academically excellent as well as adaptable to both in-person and online learning. Pratt students are part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research and inquiry-based education that prepares them for success in creative fields and professional practice, with the goal of contributing to a more equitable, just and sustainable world. With a long-held commitment to the communities of New York, Pratt partners locally through the Pratt Center for Community Development. The Institute also offers a variety of programs for local pre-college and continuing education students in the Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

The value of a Pratt education is evident in its graduates’ diverse and thriving careers, where their designs, art, work, and environments have reimagined our world. In over 75 countries across the globe, Pratt’s 61,000 alumni are advancing the creative economy and making a positive impact through their remarkable work and research.

We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum, as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students, and staff, and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.


Reporting to the Dean of the School of Design, the Chairperson is responsible for the overall administration and leadership of the department. Specific responsibilities include:
– Supervise and develop the department’s curriculum and educational programs.
– Recruit, supervise, evaluate, and foster faculty development.
– Recruit and advise a diverse student body.
– Develop and maintain assessment instruments, including program reviews.
– Oversee the department’s budget and allocation of resources, course scheduling, and departmental facilities.
– Establish links to professional organizations and leading practitioners in the field.
– Assist the dean and Institutional Advancement in fundraising and advancing the program’s profile.
– Work with the other chairpersons, academic administration and faculty in the School of Design to develop shared resources and interdisciplinary curricular and extracurricular programs and events.
– Serve on department, school, and institute committees and represent the department at various meetings and events, both on and off campus.
– Applicants should demonstrate a level of intercultural competence and the ability to communicate well with diverse populations.
– Carry out special projects as assigned by the Dean.
– Some teaching is supported and encouraged but not required.
– Participate in and assume all other related responsibilities as required.

This administrative appointment carries a twelve-month per year workload and a three-year contract that may be renewed.


MFA or degree equivalent in communications design, visual communication, graphic design, or related discipline.

– An established record of teaching in higher education.
– Administrative experience managing or coordinating a team of people, including oversight of facilities and budget as well as planning and program development, preferably within an academic context.
– Recognized creative scholarship and/or current professional practice in the field of communications design or related discipline.
Preferred Experience:
– Experience recruiting and building a network of diverse educators and designers.

– Outstanding organizational skills.
– Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
– Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations. Excellent collaborator with management and leadership skills: ability to meet deadlines and communicate effectively.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Please submit the following materials:
1. Letter of intent that outlines your interest in this position and summarizes your administrative experience, teaching experience, other qualifications, and a summary of your vision for the department.
2. A statement outlining how you have worked to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your career and how you plan on continuing to do so here at Pratt. Applicants are encouraged to review and refer to the Institute’s Strategic Plan when crafting their submission.
3. A Curriculum Vitae.
4. Portfolio of 10 examples of creative/professional work.
5. Portfolio of 10 examples of student work.
6. Contact information for three professional references. This information must be provided at the time of application. References will only be contacted with notifying the applicant in advance.
Finalists for the position will be invited to an interview.

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