Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Organization: VCUarts
Category: Administrative
Type: Full-time

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Mar 6, 2019

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts)


Full-time, tenure-eligible position beginning July 1, 2019

For full consideration, applications are due by March 31, 2019. Review of applications begins on April 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Opportunity:

VCUarts ( invites applications and expressions of interest for the position of Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. This position will be responsible for establishing and leading faculty development activities within VCUarts that are aligned with the School’s new strategic plan and VCU’s Quest 2025 ( The Associate Dean will be dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching in a multicultural and inclusive environment. We welcome highly-collaborative candidates who possess lived experience that informs worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability. Candidates across a range of disciplines from fine art and design to scholars and performers, who demonstrate the cultural competency to promote and nurture a progressive faculty community are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be an experienced faculty member and/or administrator with the demonstrated ability to manage faculty governance, maintain and adhere to updated policies that impact communication with the faculty on a routine basis, and work as an advocate for the faculty, locally, nationally and internationally. The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs will identify areas in which change is needed to meet the transformational goals of the School and will develop and continuously improve operational systems and services to ensure the School supports faculty holding a range of appointments, e.g. tenure-track, non-tenure track, tenured, adjunct, joint/hybrid appointments, affiliate faculty, and faculty affiliated with the University’s iCubed program. The Associate Dean will build strong and effective relationships throughout the faculty community and enhance a culture of strong intellectual discourse, inquiry and professional responsibility. The successful candidate will have a significant record of scholarly accomplishments and/or artistic endeavors and an administrative career driven by a commitment to innovative approaches to education and learning.

Reporting directly to the Dean of the School of the Arts, the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs will serve as a member of the School’s Leadership Team and will develop purposeful and deliberate partnerships with each member of the team to create a sense of unity and common purpose and to promote shared goals within the School and the University.


VCUarts, located in Richmond, Virginia, offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in design, fine and performing arts, art history, and art education, with a unique emphasis on creative immersion. Far more than receiving simply an education or preparation for a career; students leave VCUarts with the practical, professional and personal skills needed to make a life in the arts, no matter how they define it. That’s why VCUarts’ programs emphasize both doing and knowing: why the majority of its faculty are working artists, performer, designers, and scholars; and why they encourage students to take advantage of the many academic and intellectual opportunities that come with being part of a research university. Today, VCUarts graduates can be found throughout the academic and professional fields and have been recognized with everything from Emmys to MacArthur Fellowships.

VCUarts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Virginia Department of Education, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education.

VCUarts is ranked as the #1 public university arts and design graduate school in the country by US News and World Report. The school is comprised of sixteen programs, includes more than 3,000 students, and has become known as a pillar of artistic creation and expression. Its emerging artists explore their potential and strive for high standards set by faculty members acknowledged for their inspiration and achievement.

Major Expectations of the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs:

The Associate Dean will lead by bringing about strategic change and encouraging a sense of mutual ownership of the faculty affairs goals identified in the School’s strategic plan. The Associate Dean’s responsibilities are interrelated with all other administrative offices within the School of the Arts and on campus and require facilitated coordination among and between those entities.

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs at Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted.

Application materials should be to the attention of [Search Committee Chair]. The following documents should be included:


The Letter of Interest should be submitted as one PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs. The CV + list of references should be submitted as one PDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs.


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