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Dean, Chadwick A Boseman College of Fine Arts

Howard University
Washington, OH
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts

The Search

Howard University seeks a seasoned visionary, innovative, and nationally or internationally recognized academic scholar or creative artist who possesses demonstrated leadership and substantial academic administrative experience with a strong scholarly and artistic background to serve as Dean of The Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts (CAB CofA). The CAB CofA is home to an energetic and productive community of artists, scholars, teachers, and cultural activists who create and influence national and international artistic movements. The Colleges comprehensive contemporary curricula and robust programs are led by a celebrated roster of faculty that help develop renowned artists, performers, art historians, and playwrights. The Dean will join the CAB CofA's rich legacy at a time of substantial change and will play a key role in growing the newly reestablished CAB CofA while also serving as a lead partner in the planning and developing the Colleges new physical space.

Initially founded in 1961 as the College of Fine Arts from the merger of Howard University's School of Music, Department of Art, and Department of Theater Arts, The Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts continues the legacy of national and international prominence in music, fine arts, and performance. The CAB CofA offers 31 specialized programs that feature 21 undergraduate areas and 11 graduate study areas in three disciplines: fine arts, music, and theater arts, enrolling over 400 students. Since its inception, the programs offered by the faculty have produced major artists, scholars, and performers who have gained national and international acclaim. In addition, ancillary programs supported by the College, including the University Choir, the University's Marching Band, the Howard University Jazz Ensemble, and the Howard University Gallery of Art, have achieved renowned status and enhanced the reputation of Howard University globally. Over the decades, Howard University and its divisions of art and performance have graduated some of the nation's most celebrated artists, performers, and cultural scholars who continue to shape the fabric of the visual and performing arts across the globe.

The Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts has ambitious plans for the future, including a capital campaign to build a new facility and expand the College's international reach and impact. The Dean will be a vital part of the University's leadership team working to amplify and redefine the arts education and practice for the 21st century.

Reporting to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, the ideal candidate will be a dynamic, visionary leader with a distinguished record of scholarly accomplishments and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in the school's trifold mission: teaching, research, and service. The Dean will collaborate with stakeholders across campus to build successful internal and external partnerships and establish a strategic vision to lead the school to provide a high-quality teaching, learning, research, and performance environment.

Howard University has retained the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist with this important search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed to the search firm in confidence, as indicated at the end of this document.

Karen Avery, Partner

Ernest Brooks, Partner

Quizayra Gonzalez, Senior Associate

Howard University considers applicants for employment without regard to and does not discriminate based on gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


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