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Senior Position Open at VCU Qatar for the Director of the MFA Program

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The Director of Graduate Studies will provide leadership for the first Master of Fine Arts in Design Studies program in the Gulf region. The Director should have extensive experience as an administrator leading, managing, and maintaining a Master’s level degree program; a concrete understanding and experience with the policies and procedures in U.S. institutions of higher education; should demonstrate the ability to formulate and manage a strategic plan; the initiative to capitalize on all available resources through collaboration and outreach, and the vision to make the MFA in Design Studies a highly sought after program by applicants and partners.

The candidate should have a thorough understanding of a range of teaching methodologies in addition to demonstrable experience with both traditional and experimental research methodologies. A candidate should see themselves not only as a designer, but an educator, with a passion for teaching and sharing knowledge and skill. He/she should be actively engaged in the field of design within a local, regional and international design community, in addition to maintaining an active engagement within the international field of academia.

A candidate should possess a keen understanding of, and commitment to ‘Interdisciplinary Design’ regardless of their own specific area of practice and research. He/she should be flexible and adaptable to rapidly changing contexts and situations as well as open and able to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. A successful candidate should be able to contribute to the larger dialogue within the university through active engagement with other faculty, departments, and administration, with a sincere willingness and ability to work collaboratively with others.

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