Job Opening – Dean (10/2011)
College of the Arts and Communication
William Paterson University
Wayne, New Jersey
The Dean is the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of the College, and reports directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. She/he provides leadership to the faculty and staff in all matters relating to curriculum and program development; accreditation, assessment and evaluation; recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students; and research, scholarship, grant-seeking and fundraising. The Dean will actively pursue grant funded research and programs, as well as fundraising for the College in concert with the Office of Institutional Advancement. She/he represents the College to the Board of Trustees, higher administration, students, alumni, and external constituents.
The College of the Arts and Communication offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the departments of Art, Communication, and Music. Over 60 full-time faculty members are appointed within the College. The College also operates the University Galleries, the Shea Center for the Performing Arts, a black box theatre, a radio station, television, film and animation studios, a sound engineering studio, an electronic music laboratory, and extensive post-production facilities in television, video and film.
The Department of Art offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees with specializations in art history, various studio areas, graphic arts, and computer animation. The Power Art Center features 50,000 square feet of studio space and laboratories for photography, painting, printmaking, ceramics, wood design, and sculpture. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Department of Communication offers BA and MA degrees. The undergraduate offerings include interpersonal communication, public relations and journalism, media studies and media production, and theatre and comedy. The recently implemented MA in Professional Communication focuses on corporate and strategic communication and uses of new media. The Department of Music offers BA, BM, MM degrees with specializations in performance areas, music education and music management; the department also supports an MBA with a concentration in music management. The department is the home of the nationally-recognized Jazz Studies Program, houses the Clark Terry Jazz Archive, and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
The Dean will be expected to advance the College by supporting activities that promote the reputation of its programs and regional importance of the University. The Dean will communicate the goals of the College to internal and external constituencies, provide leadership in program development and continuous improvement, and work with faculty and professional staff to secure external funding to support programmatic initiatives and faculty research. The Dean will provide leadership for enhancing the fine and performing arts at the University, and seeking new opportunities to support the University’s role as a vital cultural resource for the region and state.
Requirements for this position include a terminal degree from an accredited institution in a field represented in the College or related discipline; commitment to academic excellence and the ability to develop, articulate, and accomplish a constructive vision for the College in cooperation with faculty; at least five years of full-time teaching experience in a four-year college or university with a strong record of scholarship/creative activity and service commensurate with appointment at the rank of professor at the University; at least five years of successful administrative experience in higher education at the level of department chair or higher; strong commitment to the use of technology in teaching and learning; strong commitment to and experience with diversity issues in higher education; a leadership style that fosters team-building and inclusive working relationships with members within the College, throughout the University community, and throughout the regional arts community; and excellent communication and interpersonal skills with proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, and other administrators.
This position is a full-time, twelve-month appointment, with an anticipated starting date on or about July 1, 2012. This position offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package including tuition waivers for dependent children. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information, visit www.wpunj.edu/jobs. Additional information about the University can be found at www.wpunj.edu.
William Paterson University has retained Gyres International, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, referrals and resumes with letter of application and names of three references, should be sent in confidence to Nancy Cook, Managing Director, at:
P.O. Box 439
Oxford, Maryland 21654
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.