Dean, College of the Arts
Kent State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of the Arts. Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Dean of the College of the Arts will provide vision and leadership to elevate the College’s academic and research excellence and advance its reputation.
With approximately 120 full-time faculty, 100 part-time faculty and 2700 students, the College of the Arts is home to the Kent State University Museum and four schools: School of Art; Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, commonly called the School of Fashion; Hugh A. Glauser School of Music; and School of Theatre and Dance. In addition, the College boasts the Kent/Blossom Arts summer programs, including the Kent Blossom Music Festival (in collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra, with which the School of Music has collaborated for 53 years), Porthouse Theatre, and the Kent/Blossom Art Intensives. The College has the strong support of Kent State University’s senior administration, who wish to invest even more in the College at a time when many other universities are scaling back the arts.
The footprint of the College of the Arts at Kent State University is extensive, with facilities in five Kent Campus buildings as well as a presence on multiple regional campuses. U.S. News & World Report ranks fine arts at Kent State 110th in the U.S. The renowned fashion news source, Fashionista, includes Kent State’s School of Fashion among the top 25 fashion schools in the world. (The publication no longer assigns a numerical ranking to each school; however, in 2018, the School of Fashion was ranked #5 in the U.S. and #15 in the world.) Both the Design Technology Program and the Musical Theatre Program are ranked among the top 30 in the U.S. by OnStage Blog.
The Dean will provide bold vision and leadership for the College to advance its national and international reputation and will engage key stakeholders in a robust strategic planning process. The Dean will recruit and retain the best faculty and enhance their career development, increase undergraduate and graduate enrollments, and enhance the cultural and ethnic diversity of faculty, staff and students, ensuring an equitable and inclusive environment for all. The Dean will further enable and promote research productivity and creative practice, foster interdisciplinary opportunities within the College and across the University, and develop the financial resources of the College, especially through fundraising and the creation of revenue-generating programs.
The preferred candidate will hold a terminal degree from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines represented in the College, and should possess credentials appropriate for appointment as a full professor with tenure in one of the four schools.
Located less than an hour away from Cleveland, Ohio, the city of Kent has experienced dramatic revitalization as a result of a $106 million public and private investment. The downtown Kent redevelopment project earned the 2012 Best Project Award from the Ohio Economic Development Association.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Adobe PDF files preferred) a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:
Dr. Jett Pihakis
For fullest consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible and preferably by March 15.
Kent State University is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.
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