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Director, Center for Arts in Medicine

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 10, 2022

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Job Description:

The Center for Arts in Medicine (CAM) in the College of the Arts is committed to advancing research, education, and practice in arts in health, locally and globally. We seek a dynamic multi-track Director and Associate/Full Professor to lead our close-knit and rapidly expanding academic community made up of artists and scholars working in and researching the intersections of arts and health.

Three overarching tenets ground and guide the work and culture of CAM:
  • The field of arts in health is built on a broad array of histories and practices at the intersections of the arts, culture, and health; therefore, we embrace a broad range of practice in our education, research, and practice
  • Each and every life has equal value and potential; therefore, we are committed to equity and anti-racism in our teaching, research, and practice
  • We exist to advance evidence-based practice in arts in health; therefore, we seek the integration of teaching, research, and practice
Our new director will join us in manifesting CAM’s tenets and help propel us to new levels of excellence as part of a comprehensive land, sea, and space-grant research university (ranked #5 among U.S. public universities).

We seek a strong academic administrator: a strategic thinker with significant leadership experience, excellent communication skills, and administrative acumen. This individual will serve as a vital collaborator on the College’s executive leadership team and with CAM’s research and teaching-focused faculty and staff. The successful candidate should have the capacity to build programs and curricula and also cultivate a realistic, positive, and professional working culture. Well-qualified candidates will understand the origins of our field and appreciate the potential of emerging aspects of the work, in particular, community engaged practices.

Responsibilities of the Director
  • Develop, foster, and maintain an inclusive, diverse, and collegial environment that optimizes the strengths of our students, faculty, and staff and attracts new people to join us
  • Help develop and strengthen an academic, curricular, and pedagogical structure that will continue to shape and articulate the Center for Arts in Medicine’s place at the forefront of the academic disciplines it encompasses
  • Guide the Center for Arts in Medicine as it becomes a doctoral degree and tenure granting unit within the College
  • Collaborate with the Center faculty to achieve and sustain a thriving research portfolio
  • Manage the administrative, budget/fiscal, facilities, academic and research operations, and degree programs of the Center in ways that are in alignment with the strategic plan of the Center for Arts in Medicine, the College of the Arts, and University of Florida
  • Lead efforts in external engagement and fundraising as components of program building
  • Lead the ongoing examination of the Center’s artistic, scholarly, and academic programs
  • Advance the collaboration with UF Health Arts in Medicine to facilitate academic engagement in clinical and community practices
  • Articulate the Center’s vision, goals, and accomplishments to its constituencies and promote visibility
The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students, faculty, and staff to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who will collaborate effectively with the forces of change. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will facilitate an arts education that will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Center for Arts in Medicine: Housed in the College of the Arts, the Center for Arts in Medicine is committed to advancing research, education, and practice in the arts in health, locally and globally. The Center facilitates research, education, and training in the use of the arts to enhance health in healthcare and public health contexts. The Center provides a framework for interdisciplinary collaboration among University of Florida faculty and students, healthcare providers, clinical artists, and our local and global communities. The Center develops and effects interdisciplinary research studies through its two research labs, and educational curricula on all levels. The Center serves as a national model for the arts in health research, education, and training. The Center provides certificate and degree programs, including MA and graduate certificates in Arts in Medicine and Arts in Public Health, and undergraduate certificates across disciplines. For more information, visit Center for Arts in Medicine | College of the Arts | University of Florida ( .

College of the Arts: The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute, and the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.

The University of Florida: UF is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top five best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural, and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical, and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources, such as: the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium); the Harn Museum of Art; the Florida Museum of Natural History; the Hippodrome State Theatre; and Dance Alive National Ballet.

Expected Salary:

Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, including a comprehensive and highly competitive leave and benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Evidence of success in promoting and engaging an environment that advances access, equity, and inclusion
  • Significant experience in academic leadership at an institution of higher education
  • A terminal degree (or professional equivalency) and a substantial record of academic research and/or scholarly achievement in an area of practice that falls within the scope of, or is adjacent to, the Center’s existing and emerging work; examples of such areas include the arts, medicine, health and public health, humanities, community practice, and human centered design
  • For tenure-track applicants, a terminal degree in a relevant field (as above) and a record of distinction in research, teaching, and service commensurate with a tenured appointment in the unit most appropriate to the candidate’s area of expertise, at the rank of Associate or Full Professor
Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated skills and a record of success in:
  • Managing and developing people
  • Building and implementing academic programs, including curriculum and assessment
  • Raising funds, stewarding finances, and allocating resources
  • Communicating with internal and external audiences
  • Engaging collaboratively with others, including work with communities
  • Navigating and leveraging the networks and structures of a large, public university
Special Instructions to Applicants:

This is a full-time, twelve-month faculty position. Rank and tenure status contingent upon candidate qualifications. Tenure home dependent upon candidate's discipline with tenure upon hire, if appropriate. The expected hire date is July 1, 2023.

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by November 20, 2022. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee or hiring authority.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida's online application system. Online applications must include the following:
(1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you meet the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community;
(2) a complete academic, administrative, and artistic curriculum vitae;
(3) names and contact information of three professional references.

The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of reference. Please direct nominations and inquiries to Osubi Craig, search committee chair.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392- 2477 or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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