Employment at ArtCenter

Provost Office

Director of Research

ArtCenter’s Strategic Plan, Create Change 2.0 includes a renewed commitment to research in art and design at the undergraduate and graduate levels and an expressed vision of creating a groundbreaking, design-centered research community.

The Director of Research is a new leadership position that will work with the Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs, faculty, and students to develop and advance ArtCenter’s Research endeavors. This position offers an opportunity to envision and build a design and practice-led research community. The incumbent will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the present and future creative and intellectual life of an internationally recognized design institution.

This position will work to ensure that Art Center’s faculty and students are supported in their diverse art and design contexts from the academia to the design studio. This includes the development and administration of resources that support and advance Art Center’s commitment to engaging in rigorous and ethical research, including the creation and integration of an Institutional Review Board (IRB), advancement of undergraduate and graduate research curricula, and the support and cultivation of research across the College.

Successful candidates will bring relevant individual scholarship as well as administrative, leadership, and teaching experience to support the College’s curricular goals and to impact its standing among peer institutions, prospective funders, community partners, and within the global landscape of art and design research.

Reports to: Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

FLSA status: Exempt


Qualified applicants should email their cover letter with resume or curriculum vitae and employment application to hr@artcenter.edu with the subject line “Provost: Director of Research”.

Closing Date: November 30, 2018


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Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree from an accredited college or university
  • 5 – 7 years of research experience, particularly as pertains to art and design-related areas
  • Prior college-level teaching experience
  • A record of scholarly research and relevant professional activities
  • Prior experience working with human subjects-related issues and with IRB
  • Outstanding managerial and administrative skills and a demonstrated record in effective, sustained management of complex initiatives
  • Collaborative expertise with excellent interpersonal, problem solving, written and verbal communication skills to work effectively within the institution
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within Art Center’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Ellucian/Colleague student information system or other higher education relate software and systems
  • Experience in Art and Design programs


Essential Functions

Research Management – 60%

  • Develop and providing administrative leadership for ethical research practices, including the integration of an Institutional Review Board (IRB); Serve as chair and main point of contact, ensuring appropriate reviews, dissemination of findings to applicants, and record keeping
  • Providing advisement and support for Art Center’s educational research agenda and curriculum (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Model and lead graduate-level research for an art and design college
  • Lead institutional efforts to elevate and incorporate research into the curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Develop and facilitate research opportunities for faculty and students with regional, national, and international community partners
  • Identify opportunities for expanding support for faculty research
  • Develop and oversee the College’s human subjects research policies and procedures, ensuring institutional compliance with informed consent and IRB ethical and legal requirements
  • Lead institutional efforts to oversee and integrate ethical human subjects research into the pedagogy and curriculum of relevant courses/programs
Programming Support and Education – 30%
  • In conjunction with faculty, Chairs, Educational Partnerships, Development, and other relevant offices, cultivate grant and contract opportunities
  • Support faculty and student research efforts across Art Center’s diverse art and design contexts from academia to the design studio
  • Provide guidance and support for faculty research initiatives, including the Faculty Project Grants (FPG)
  • Developing programing and activities that support, advance, and convene a culture of research across the College
Non-Essential duties 10%
  • Maintain memberships and active involvement in applicable professional organizations
  • Serve on college-wide committees
  • Other duties as assigned


Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the DHR Administrator and Title IX Coordinator, or designee or the Assistant Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.


Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally performed in an office setting. Employees sit most of the time, but may move around the office environment for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 30 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Able to work nights and weekends to attend events. International and Domestic travel by car and airline and overnight travel maybe required. Must be able to travel between campuses.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.


ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.