Key Responsibilities

The Dean will be asked to lead the College in addressing the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Develop in collaboration with COFA faculty, staff, and students a unifying and forward-looking strategic vision that acknowledges the College’s historic strengths while evolving its programs, its curricula, and its practices into the future;
  • Lead the college with a combination of strategic insight, effective administration, strong communication, and sound fiscal management;
  • Promote engagement and communication across departments, disciplines, positionalities (students, teachers, faculty, staff, chairs, administrators) while also providing structure and support for the varying needs of individual disciplines and programs;
  • Support faculty in their work as scholars, teachers, performers, and practitioners;
  • Provide both undergraduate and graduate students in every discipline with the financial resources, academic advising, career support, and other services they need to enable them to thrive in COFA and beyond;
  • Advance even further the efforts of the College to ensure an inclusive climate for all, including increased hiring, mentoring, and retention of underrepresented faculty and staff as well as re-evaluation of current curricula;
  • Serve as a collaborative and collegial member of the Provost’s Deans Council;
  • Further elevate the visibility and presence of the College by championing its mission, its people, and its accomplishments across the University, city, state, nation, and world;
  • Advocate for additional resources for COFA internally via the University’s governance structure and externally by maximizing and expanding new streams of funding from industry and philanthropy;
  • Communicate clearly and frequently both internally and externally, ensuring that all voices are heard, that decision-making is transparent, and that the collective mission and direction of the College is clear to all; and,
  • Facilitate the continued success and growth of the College’s public-facing programs and expand further the connections between the College and the City of Austin, taking advantage of its vibrant music and arts landscape.
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