Dean, School of Design

first_imgJOB TITLE: Dean, School of DesignDEPARTMENT:  School of DesignREPORTS TO: Vice President for AcademicAffairsSummary: University of the Arts seeks avisionary, imaginative and collaborative leader to serve as thedean in the School of Design, and to join the University inforwarding its mission to advance human creativity. The uniquemashup of applied, fine, and performing arts that is UArts preparesstudents to become critical and strategic thinkers who are sociallyand ethically responsible, and able to initiate, define and solvethe challenges of a designed world. This is an opportunity toinfluence design education and impact fields in which our studentswill enter as design leaders of the future who can respond to andadvance health and social issues through design. Innovative andflexible thinkers with an interest in initiating new movements,generating new solutions and crafting imaginative futures at theintersection of healthcare design, arts, sciences, design andtechnology are encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience,passion and an active design practice at the intersection of thearts and health innovation are particularly encouraged toapply.The School of Design has a distinguished history and isreimagining itself for the future. Located on the Avenue of theArts in the heart of Philadelphia, UArts reflects the city’sthriving culture, art and design communities, and its identity asan international hub for education. Because Philadelphia is acenter for the arts and healthcare industries, we are alsointerested in exploring how those industries could intersect in ourdesign offerings. The dean will strategically continue to developinnovative programs by leveraging the unique opportunities andpartnerships Philadelphia affords as a city of innovation in healthand communication. The dean also has the opportunity to collaboratewith UArts’Centers to build creative connections with community andindustry partners.The dean serves as the School of Design’s chief creative,academic and administrative officer, and joins the council of deansteam comprised of the heads of the University’s six schools in art,dance, design, film, music and theater, the division of Graduateand Professional Studies, and the director of Critical Studies (theUniversity’s general education unit). This interdisciplinarycontext for the study and advancement of creativity is a criticalpart of the fabric of UArts and the success of our students. Thedean of the School of Design, along with the associate dean andprogram directors, work within this structure to continually affirmthe value of an arts-based education, and in turn, refine, evolveand transform our programs in service of our mission to advancehuman creativity.The School of Design currently comprises undergraduate programsin Graphic Design and Illustration, with newly created programs inInteraction Design and Product Design anticipated to launch in fall2022/fall 2023. Graduate programs include a Master of Design inProduct Design and a Master of Fine Arts in Museum ExhibitionPlanning + Design. The faculty and staff of the School of Designare working designers and creative practitioners who provide directindustry experience and knowledge to our students. The School ofDesign first year core curriculum, the only program like it in thecountry, is a first-year program with collaborative coursesencouraging experimentation and development of individual designvision. It prepares students for future cross-disciplinarycollaboration across the University in other schools, disciplines,and the professional design community.In addition to the traditional workshops, fabrication labs andstudios that support the School of Design programs, University ofthe Arts is also home to several University-wide centers whichinspire, challenge and offer opportunities to all UArts faculty andstudents. Among the centers are the Albert M. GreenfieldMakerspace, a 3,500 square-foot digital and traditionalfabrication studio; and the Center for Immersive Media (CIM), a5,600-square-foot facility dedicated to exploring the fields ofvirtual and mixed reality, performance motion-capture andhuman-computer interaction. Just this year, the CIM was awarded ajoint grant with Jefferson University to leverage virtual realityto study the impact and contributions of the built environment onphysician burnout in emergency medicine department settings.The university enriches the city’s cultural landscape with thePhiladelphia ArtAlliance at University of the Arts, an historic exhibitionspace on Rittenhouse Square and one of the nation’s firstmultidisciplinary centers for the arts; the Rosenwald-WolfGallery, an acclaimed University exhibition space; and Lightbox Film Center atUArts, presenting repertory, nonfiction, experimental andinternational cinema in Philadelphia for more than 40 years. THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITYEMPLOYERTitle IX Statement: The University of the Arts prohibitsdiscrimination on the basis of sex in its programs and activities,including admission and employment, in accordance with Title IX ofthe Education Amendments of 1972. The Title IX Coordinator andDiversity Administrator is responsible for overseeing compliancewith Title IX and other civil rights laws and regulations. Tocontact the Title IX Coordinator, e-mail [email protected],, orvisit The University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia,Pa. 19102, Room 260, or call 215-717-6366. To learn more about theUniversity’s Title IX policy and response to sex discrimination,including sexual harassment and sexual violence, pleasevisit may also be directed to the Federal agency responsiblefor enforcing Title IX, the U.S.Department of Education Office for CivilRights. The ideal candidate will lead the School ofDesign in alignment to the University’s mission in the followingways:Inspires, challenges and motivates students, faculty andstaffAdvances the work of the school through building andmaintaining academic programs of excellence that best serve ourstudentsSupports the interdisciplinary fabric of the University withopportunities to collaborate across programs such as theaterdesign, the fine arts, and beyondFosters a culture of collaboration within and acrossprogramsLeads the School in innovation and research relative to thefield of designCultivates and maintains relationships with externalconstituencies, establishing partnerships and promoting the Schooland UniversityServes on President’s Council and Council of Deans as a thoughtleader of the UniversityMaintains and supports best practices for the continualassessment of academic programs and strategic initiatives to ensuretheir continued success and strengthEnsures transparency and openness within school procedures andcommunicationsLeads and oversees the recruitment, retention, development andgrowth, mentorship and continual evaluation of facultyAdvances and supports a culture of diversity, equity andinclusion among our students, as well as within the teachingpractices and hiring of facultyOversees and leverages resources through the strategicmanagement of the school’s budgetBrings visibility and awareness to the School throughmarketing, activating the alumni base, developing strategicpartnerships, and presentations at conferences and eventsIn coordination with the offices of Advancement, the provostand the president, develops an advancement strategy for thecontinued growth and support of the SchoolContinually works towards the University’s student recruitmentgoals, retention and alumni cultivationThe above statements are intended to describe the generalnature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do notpurport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assignedother duties, and the essential functions may change from time totime as necessary.Experience:Significant experience and successful accomplishment as a leaderin design, higher education, or relevant combination required.Demonstrated experience working with teams and externalconstituencies in a leadership capacity preferred. An activecreative practice as a nationally recognized designer, innovator orscholar with documented contributions to one’s field isexpected.The University is particularly interested in reviewingapplications from candidates whose identities and/or professionalwork intersect with or address historically marginalizedcommunities.Exceptional experience may be considered in lieu of a terminaldegree.Competencies, Knowledge, Skills &Abilities:Possession of an insatiable curiosityDevoted mentor, constantly seeking ways to further enableothers to excelExtensive knowledge of multiple design disciplinesInvestment in advancing diversity, equity and inclusionProactive commitment to leadership that inspires others andcultivates an expanding community of respect and collaborationDirect and transparent communication style, capable of buildingtrust and rapport with a broad array of faculty, students, staffand alumniAdministrative prowess including effectively managing one’s owntime and the time of others, as well as capacity for managingresources through detailed budget oversightAdaptability to changing work environments, work priorities andorganizational needs TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin onApril 26 and will continue until the position is filled. For fullconsideration, please have all materials submitted by May 15,2021.To apply please submit your curriculum vitae, contactinformation for three professional references, portfolio ofcreative works or website link and a letter of application thataddresses the responsibilities and requirements described in theleadership profile to [email protected] Pleaseensure the job title of “School of Design Dean Search” is in thesubject line.In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of CampusSecurity Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, The University ofthe Arts publishes its Annual Safety Report at the following linkfor your reference: About The University:University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance humancreativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is themost essential skill for success in today’s society and haseducated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers,designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  Afterbeing granted university status in 1987, University of the Artsbecame the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offeringprograms in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance,theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors,15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program inCreativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers acrossdisciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, LightboxFilm Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-WolfGallery. Learn more aboutUArts.last_img read more