MFA Program Director/Low Residency Master of Fine Arts in Studio
Santa Fe, NM • Studio Arts
Summary of Responsibilities: The Director of the Low Residency
MFA Program in Studio Arts is a designated faculty administrator
and is classified as a STAFF position. The Director of the Low
Residency MFA Program Director in collaboration with Academic Dean
will take the lead in the development, oversight and instruction of
the MFA in the Studio Arts graduate program. In addition, Director
will actively participate in the development of the MFA in Studio
Arts curriculum and student learning assessment. The incumbent will
perform the duties, responsibilities, and requirements of the
position outlined in the Essential Functions, and will support
IAIA’s mission, vision and core values.
• Oversee the Low Residency Program in Studio Arts curriculum
• Identify, hire and supervise mentors/faculty, and visiting
artists, and graduate assistant(s)
• Recruit students in collaboration with the IAIA Office of
• In collaboration with Dean and one other faculty member,
Review MFA applicants and select students.
• Working with the IAIA Office of Institutional Advancement,
Identify and secure scholarships from donors
• Create and lead committee to review and award MFA
• Create marketing materials and ensure timely distribution of
• Create website content and keep web information updated.
• Represent MFA program locally and nationally.
• Organize twice yearly residencies for faculty and
• Organize annual graduate residency and help coordinate
graduation activities for MFA graduates.
• Lead program assessment and write assessment reports.
• Respond to all graduate student issues and concerns in a
• Maintain ongoing professional practices and demonstrate a
recognized standing in the Studio Arts profession.
• Participate in educational and professional activities within
• Provide students with proficient advising in the Low Residency
Program in Studio Arts.
• Provide guidance and information on career opportunities for
• Provide 40 hours per week of campus/office time.
• Participate in assigned committee work and meetings.
• Lead curriculum development for the MFA Program.
• Participate in accreditation activities.
• Participate in all required activities during in-service
• Ensure availability of adequate facilities for the MFA Program
and the online delivery of required courses.
• Collaborate with related departments.
• Other duties as assigned.
Requires MFA with recent and relevant Studio Arts teaching
experience at the college level. Strong experience teaching online
and with online teaching systems is a necessity. Incumbent must
demonstrate a high level of professional achievement. Must
demonstrate an on-going track record in Studio Arts creative
practice, including exhibitions, workshops, scholarly publications,
community outreach. Must have a satisfactory background check.
Experience with American Indian and Alaska Native artists and
cultures highly desirable.
Required Competencies (Skills/Knowledge and Abilities):
• Possess comprehensive knowledge of Studio Art practices.
• Possess excellent and proven communication and problem-solving
skills as they relate to supervisory responsibilities.
• Knowledge of best practices for Studio Art education.
• Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all
levels and with all peoples and groups.
• Proven ability to interact and work successfully with faculty,
students, and staff as related to job responsibilities.
• Demonstrated ability and willingness to support Program goals
and objectives and take a leadership role in further developing
strategic goals of the Low Residency MFA Program in Studio
• Demonstrated ability to guide and facilitate students through
a process of knowledge and skill building.
• Demonstrated sensitivity towards Native American and an
ability to motivate and teach students from diverse ethnic
• Demonstrated commitment to working in a shared governance
• Adherence to appropriate professional standards of conduct and
o integrity, and honesty
o compliance with directives
o cooperate and work respectfully with others
o participate in meetings as required
• Ability to adapt quickly and effectively to changes in the
• Ability and skill to demonstrate a pleasant, courteous, and
professional demeanor and presence at all times.
• Ability to be a self-starter and highly self-motivated to
support and improve the MFA in Studio Art program goals.
• Ability to respond to requests in a timely manner.
• Possess excellent communication skills using the spoken and
• Ability to work with moderate supervision, to begin
assignments independently (or as assigned), and to bring
assignments to conclusion on a timely basis.
• Demonstrate compliance with all applicable and essential IAIA
policies, processes and/or procedures.
• Ability to perform other duties as assigned.
• Ability to use on-line learning platforms.
• Ability to effectively use a computer for extended periods of
• Ability to instruct for extended periods of times, in a
classroom environment or online platform.
• Effective communication skills using the spoken and written
word to a wide range of audiences, but in particular to college
students, faculty, and visitors.
• Ability to see, view, and review a wide range of relevant
• May be asked by the Dean to perform other duties.
• Performance evaluation will be assessed on program results as
• The Dean in conjunction with the Director of the Low Residency
Program in Studio Arts, reserves the right to revise this job
description at any time, with or without notice.
• The job description is not a contract for employment.