Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 10, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Title Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts Position Number 004071 Department College of Fine and Applied Arts - 265000 Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualifications for this position are as follows:
1. Earned terminal degree, including PhD, MFA or MID, in a field represented in the College of Fine and Applied Arts;
2. Progressive administrative experience at the level of dean, associate dean, department chair or similar position;
3. Distinguished record of scholarship/creative activity and teaching, and eligibility for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor;
4. Evidence of creating and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff;
5. Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and the ability to interact effectively, decisively, and transparently with academic leadership, faculty, students, staff, donors, and other stakeholders important to the college in order to build partnerships inside and outside of the college;
6. Dynamic team-building and leadership skills with evidence of deep appreciation of, and support for, shared governance;
7. Demonstrated experience with recruiting, retaining and supporting talented faculty and staff from underrepresented populations;
8. Commitment to supporting disciplinary and interdisciplinary environments and curricula that lead to successful student recruitment, retention and graduation;
9. Exceptional skills, experience, and evidence of success in strategic planning, fiscal planning, and resource management; and
10. Successful experience in or demonstrated capacity for fundraising.

License/Certification Required


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The College of Fine and Applied Arts is a dynamic and innovative group of seven academic departments, bringing together a variety of perspectives, experiences and real-world education to provide unique opportunities for student success. Its departments include Applied Design, Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, and Theatre and Dance. The college is thriving and supports over 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students, 219 full and part-time faculty and 30 staff. We are also proud of our nearly 15,000 alumni from across the college. The Dean, who serves as the academic leader of the college, will:

  • Provide outstanding leadership to realize the vision and achieve the academic goals of the college;
  • Support integrated strategic planning and institutional effectiveness initiatives;
  • Oversee strategic directions, personnel, curricula, and budgets for the college;
  • Advance and support diversity, equity, and inclusion across the college;
  • Promote a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners;
  • Preside at meetings involving the faculty of the college and appoint ad hoc committees to study special problems affecting the college;
  • Prepare periodic reports and keep the provost and executive vice chancellor fully informed of the state of affairs and needs within the college;
  • Engage departmental chairs and the council of the college in frequent appraisals of objectives, procedures, strengths, weaknesses of curricular programs;
  • Collaborate with faculty in a climate of shared governance;
  • Coordinate the assignment of classroom space and facilities among departments and plan for capital improvements; and
  • Collaborate with other members of the Academic Affairs team to achieve university objectives.

More information is provided in the Job Opportunity Profile .

Suggested Salary Range Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of professional position within a university.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete application consists of the following:
1. A letter of interest that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement(Provide under Required Document: Cover Letter / Letter of Interest);

2. A statement describing your leadership philosophy(Provide under Required Document: Statement of Leadership Philosophy);

3. A statement that specifically addresses your commitment to inclusion and diversity and the ways your previous professional experience demonstrates your effectiveness in promoting a climate of success for a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students(Provide under Required Document: Diversity Statement);

4. Updated CV(Provide under Required Document: Curriculum Vitae);

5. The names of at least three references with their job titles, institutions,
and contact information(Please note: We will seek your approval before we get in touch with your references at a later stage of the search process); and

6. Unofficial copies of all transcripts(Official copies will be required of the successful candidate)

If you have any questions, please direct them to the Search Chairs: Marie Huff at or Michael McKenzie at

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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