Job SummaryKutztown University of Pennsylvania, one of the ten institutions in the State System of Higher Education, invites applications for the position of Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The start date for the position will be between January 2023 and August 2023, as negotiated during the hiring process.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts is a collaborative, creative, and active community of five departments (Art & Design, Art Education, Communication Studies, Music and Cinema, Television & Media Production) and offers programs at the undergraduate (BA, BFA and BS degrees encompassing 14 majors) and graduate (MA, MEd and MFA degrees encompassing four programs) levels, as well as certificate programs. College programs are accredited by NASAD and NASM and have experienced recent growth and expansion with over 1,400 students enrolled. The College is home to the Marlin and Regina Miller Art Gallery and partners with the Kutztown University Foundation in supporting the Kutztown University Arts Society and the soon-to-be opened Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research.
The Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts is the chief executive/academic officer for the College and is responsible for strategic planning, curricular leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels, program growth and development, hiring, fiscal management, outcomes assessment and accreditation, relationships with community organizations, faculty/staff advocacy and development, as well as advancement and fund raising. The Dean plays a vital role in fostering the core values of Kutztown University and is the College's principal advocate for student success and academic excellence, and acts as a champion for the diverse departments and facilities within the College. The Dean is a member of the Academic Affairs Senior Staff and participates in selected committees and ad hoc groups within the PA State System of Higher Education. Tenure may be granted to an Academic Dean who has previously obtained tenure at a State System or a regionally accredited four-year institution as described in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The successful candidate will provide vision and foster collaboration and appreciation for the variety of programs within the college and at the university.
Minimum QualificationsThe chosen candidate will have an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in a discipline related to the College; a minimum of 4 years of administrative experience at the department Chair level or above; a minimum of 5 years full time teaching experience at the university level; experience in the management of personnel resources and budget; experience with academic program evaluation and assessment of student learning outcomes; experience assisting department(s) in developing new and revising existing curricula and programs; and general familiarity with accreditation.
Preferred QualificationsSuccessful experience at the Associate Dean or Dean level; significant record of achievement in teaching and scholarly activities that could qualify for tenure; successful implementation of innovative academic programs, including online and blended education; familiarity with NASAD and/or NASM accreditation standards; development of program innovations to increase student enrollment and retention; experience with initiating and supporting efforts for access and success of students; fostering a climate to facilitate professional development and collaboration; successful grant writing and fundraising experience; familiarity with recruiting, retaining and supporting highly qualified and diverse faculty and students; experience working with the scheduling of performances in a shared venue; experience with shared governance in a collective bargaining environment; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
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To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received no later than October 15, 2022. All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system only. Applicants should provide curriculum vitae, a letter of application, and the contact information of five references, one of whom should be the applicant's current or immediate past supervisor. Application letters should specifically address the minimum and preferred qualifications listed above. Successful on campus interview, reference checks, background clearances (PA Criminal, Child Abuse Clearance and FBI Clearance) and demonstration of ability are requisite qualifications for all positions. Official transcripts for all degrees required prior to appointment.
The University is very interested in hiring employees who have extensive experience with diverse populations.
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