Program Head Graphic Design Program

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Arts and Architecture
Graphic Design Program


The College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Program Head of the Graphic Design Program. The program seeks a visionary educator-practitioner to provide innovative and strategic leadership. The Program Head of the Graphic Design Program will work with faculty, allied program colleagues and students to build on the program’s many strengths while seeking new strategic opportunities rooted in contemporary and emerging practices. The Program Head of the Graphic Design Program reports to the Director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and is a member of the leadership team of the School. S/he guides strategic and visionary direction for the program and oversees its operations. The position responsibilities also include teaching select graphic design courses. We seek a passionate, visionary and inspirational educator-practitioner to advance the Graphic Design Program, preserving its unique strengths while also supporting and advocating new directions in innovative curricula, outreach, and applied research/ creative scholarship and professional practice. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience leading an educational program or creative agency, have a record of involvement with contemporary and emerging practices in graphic design, be a strong manager with a proven record of administrative skills, including fiscal acumen, experience managing budgets and personnel; be able to direct and balance faculty and staff roles, demonstrating effective delegation with appropriate oversight; be a strategic thinker with proven success in developing, advancing and tracking short- and long-term plans; be a leader who understands how diversity benefits all members of the university community, and can effectively articulate those benefits; have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to build consensus among program faculty, students and stakeholders regarding future directions and opportunities. Required is an appropriate advanced degree and professional experience/accomplishments commensurate with the rank of full professor with tenure or professor of practice in graphic design. The position is full time as a tenured, or multi-year contract Program Head, beginning August 2018. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, teaching experience, and current professional standing. Full University benefits apply. The Graphic Design program resides within the Stuckeman School, which houses the College’s professional accredited design programs. Thanks to the School’s Stuckeman Endowments, the program is enriched by funding for facilities enhancements, lectures and exhibitions as well as opportunities for visiting professorships and faculty research grants. For information on the Stuckeman School visit The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State is a comprehensive arts community including academic programs in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, art history, architecture and landscape architecture along with the Palmer Museum of Art and Center for the Performing Arts. The College is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines, along with community engagement in its programs. Barbara O. Korner has served as Dean since 2007. The Pennsylvania State University is an internationally ranked Tier 1 research institution and land grant university. University Park/State College (86,000 inhabitants/44,000 students) is a delightful small city located in a central Pennsylvania rural valley of beautiful farmland amidst wooded mountains; yet New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh can each be reached in a four-hour drive or less. “Advancing the Arts and Humanities” is one of five thematic priorities in the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. The full plan can be viewed at: To apply, submit an online application, including a letter of intent addressing qualifications relative to the responsibilities specified above; up to 10 examples each of personal and student work; complete curriculum vitae, and a minimum of three references with contact information. Application review will commence on January 22, 2018 and the position will remain open until filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088