Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will hold a terminal degree in a relevant discipline as well as administrative leadership experience appropriate to the size and complexity of COFA. Higher education experience is preferred. In addition, the next Dean will bring many of the following experiences and qualities to their work:

  • Proven ability to build consensus among faculty and staff in creating a broad and compelling vision for the future of the arts in higher education and public life, coupled with the organizational and leadership skills to bring a shared vision to fruition;
  • An optimistic, nuanced, and transparent approach to leadership that will bring out the best in the exceptionally talented and diverse community of faculty, staff, and students who comprise the COFA community;
  • A demonstrated personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with tangible results;
  • Intellectual curiosity and appreciation for the full range of disciplines represented by the College; recognized accomplishment as a scholar or practitioner in an arts discipline at a level that supports a faculty appointment at the rank of full professor;
  • Successful experience working collaboratively across artistic disciplines and also beyond them to enable partnerships with diverse fields of inquiry and as part of larger university initiatives;
  • Strong communication skills, including a willingness to listen to, work with, and bring together individuals from a wide range of perspectives, whether discipline or identity-based;
  • Experience navigating the complex structures of a large university diplomatically and effectively; and,
  • A significant record of success in raising money for the arts through adroit storytelling, passionate advocacy, indefatigable stewardship, and the drive to match donors with projects and people.
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