Dean Search for the College of Fine Arts

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Fine Arts (COFA). The university is seeking a dynamic and experienced administrator with an established record of effective, inclusive, and collaborative leadership across disciplines and professions, an outstanding record of teaching and creative initiatives, and a demonstrated commitment to the arts. Adept at complex decision-making in an ever-changing society, the next Dean of the College of Fine Arts should be a forward-thinking, congenial leader with outstanding abilities in communication, team-building, research and scholarship; equitable and progressive administration; fund-raising; teaching; and community engagement. The new Dean should be well-versed in and deeply committed to centering the core values of equity, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects of the College of Fine Arts.

The College of Fine Arts is distinguished as one of the few in the nation to encompass rigorous conservatory-style and liberal arts education, multidisciplinary studio training, vanguard research, and extensive public engagement. For decades, the College of Fine Arts (COFA) has provided an unparalleled platform for groundbreaking critical inquiry and creative production in theatre, dance, music, art, arts education, design and creative technology. The faculty’s dynamic interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations across the Departments and Programs within the College and across the University are key to COFA’s current and future success. The College has developed partnerships with the Cockrell School of Engineering, Dell Medical School, Moody College of Communication, and McCombs School of Business, all of which expand the opportunities for the College’s 2,084 students, 180 faculty, and 215 full-time staff. Such interdisciplinary collaboration is equally critical to instruction, and numerous COFA faculty offer undergraduate and graduate classes cross-listed with departments in colleges around campus.

As a comprehensive college of the arts grounded in an R1 university and located in one of the most vibrant cities in the U.S., COFA reflects the larger national conversation about arts education by striving to balance critical engagement with new fields and directions with the study of traditional forms and practices. The new Dean should embrace this symbiosis of the traditional and the innovative and be energized by the challenge of unlocking its full potential.  The next Dean will be asked to build upon the College’s significant momentum and lead COFA’s faculty, staff, and students into the future with a shared vision for fulfilling its mission in a complex higher education landscape. The Dean will be a powerful and persuasive advocate for the essential value of the arts to the larger university community, to the state of Texas, to the nation, and to the world.

Contact the Search Firm

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Sue May, Partner
Susan VanGilder, Partner
Alyssa Perez, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search & Associates

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing an inclusive educational environment in which all students, faculty, and staff can learn, research, create, work and thrive free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, and misconduct. As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UT Austin complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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