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Dean, School of the Arts and Special Assistant to the Provost for the School of the Arts in Qatar

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Posting Details

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Position Information

Position Number FA8780
Position Type Administrative Faculty
Rank Professor
Working Title Dean, School of the Arts and Special Assistant to the Provost for the School of the Arts in Qatar
School/Unit School of the Arts
Department Provost And Vp Acad Affairs
Number of Months 12
Tenure Status Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? No

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

The School of the Arts, ranked the #1 public school of the arts and design by U.S. News and World Report, educates approximately 3,000 undergraduates and more than 180 graduate students, in programs both in Richmond and in Doha, Qatar. Students are taught by 170 full-time teaching and research faculty members and more than 250 others who bring direct artistic experience into the classroom on a part-time basis.
​The school is organized into 16 departments and programs, offering 18 bachelor’s degrees, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree. Students can receive a MFA in Design (3 concentrations), Fine Arts (10 concentrations), Theatre (4 concentrations), a MA in Art History (2 concentrations), or a Master of Music or of Art Education. School of the Arts offers a Ph.D. in Art History (2 concentrations). Additionally, School of the Arts partners with the College of Humanities and Sciences and the Robertson School of Media and Culture for an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Media, Art, & Text (MATX), as well as a joint Education Ph.D. with a concentration in Art Education with VCU School of Education. The School of the Arts has an annual budget of $32 million and an endowment over $14 million.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

The Dean will be responsible for the overall implementation of the mission and day-to-day operations of the School of Arts. Reporting to and working with the Provost, and in coordination with the Deans from other colleges, the Dean will have responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations that support the mission and vision of the School of Arts and its role within the Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, the dean will have oversight for the School of the Arts in Qatar. The dean will take the lead in shaping the future of the School, articulating a vision that defines its standard of excellence, the directions of its growth and the new and multi-disciplinary connections that are possible not only across the university but throughout the world. Internally, the dean will be expected to create space for excellence and collaborations while reducing obstacles that inhibit such goals. It is imperative that the next dean be visible and accessible to the broad community of the School of Arts.

Position Responsibilities

• Provide intellectual and artistic leadership by inspiring faculty, students, staff, donor partners, and professional colleagues;
• Identify and leverage opportunities that will capture the imaginations of a strategic and broad range of leaders on campus and in the community;
• Extend partnerships with the public sector, expanding connections in support of the development and national presence of the School;
• Communicate persuasively the mission and vision of the School of Arts to a broad stakeholder audience;
• Develop and execute clear and realistic fundraising strategies along with sound fiscal and operational policies;
• Advocate judiciously for the school internally within the context of the mission of this public university;
• Recognize, reward, facilitate and actively participate in high-level research activities;
• Recruit and retain diverse and talented faculty colleagues in maintaining a commitment to excellence in collaboration with the Schools’ faculty;
• Assure continued focus on students, both undergraduate and graduate, attending to their diversity and providing the services and the support to ensure their success; and
• Lead and manage effectively the overall operations of the School of Arts and associated venues.

Required Qualifications

• Terminal or equivalent degree in an arts-related discipline or substantive experience, sufficient to warrant a tenured position at the level of full professor in the School of Arts;
• Demonstrated record of administrative accomplishment in fiscal, facilities and personnel management in the arts, academia, or an arts related field, and experience or suitable preparation for success in fundraising and development;
• Ability to cultivate an environment that will stimulate the development of initiatives that support student development, faculty goals, and sustainability within the School and across the university;
• Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for embracing diversity, a record of building relationships internally and externally and a talent for fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration;
• Possess a forward-looking vision for the role of the arts and the ability to inspire a community towards its fulfillment; and
• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU

Preferred Qualifications

• A commitment to developing and promoting quality research, scholarship and creative expression;
• A strong record of leadership and success in elevating excellence;
• A commitment to continuous improvement of student learning and faculty teaching;
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion;
• A commitment to faculty and programmatic development;
• An entrepreneurial, innovative, and global orientation;
• An interest in fostering community/university/national collaborations and partnerships;
• A demonstrated commitment to cross-disciplinary programs;
• The ability to articulate the School’s vision, goals, accomplishments and needs to constituents;
• Proven abilities and experience in fund-raising and alumni relations;
• Demonstrated leadership in infrastructure development and organizational maintenance including attention to standards articulated by the national accrediting bodies of the various disciplines in the School;
• A strong belief in shared governance;
• Strong communication, management, and organizational skills; and
• A record of exemplary personal and professional integrity

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 11/14/2016
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline Date
Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2017
Type of Search National
Application Process/Additional Information

Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter or statement summarizing the applicant’s personal vision and relevant leadership experience. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically in confidence to: Korn Ferry consultants, Rosa Morris and Ann Kern, at

In addition, all applications must also be submitted through this VCU Jobs website:

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
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