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Dean of Arts

Pima Community College
Tucson, Arizona
Posted Date
Oct 12, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Music, Administrative, Deans
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Dean of Arts

Pima Community College (PCC), one of the nation’s largest multi-campus community colleges, seeks an innovative, creative, and collaborative academic administrator to serve as Dean of Arts. This leadership role administers a comprehensive Arts program that serves both students and the broader community. Complementing the academic programs in Digital Arts, Fashion Design, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts, the Division oversees the artistic programming at the Center for the Arts and its three performance venues and maintains seven gallery spaces. The Dean reports to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Dolores Durán-Cerda, at Pima Community College.

For complete information, see the Search Profile



Founded in 1966, Pima Community College ( is a two-year college that is built on a foundation of student success, community engagement, and diversity. Serving the greater Tucson, Arizona, metropolitan area through six campuses and more than 100 learning sites, PCC offers learners of all backgrounds and ages a variety of opportunities to meet their educational goals, including university transfer programs, occupational education programs, adult education/HSE preparation, workforce and business development, and continuing education.

     Serving nearly 50,000 credit and noncredit students each year, PCC is committed to providing convenient, affordable, and accessible high-quality education that has the power to transform the lives of students and improve the community. In Fall 2021, the enrollment was 57.8% female, 47.2% Hispanic/Latino, and 55.8% aged 18-24. More than 28% of the students take 12 or more credit hours.

     The College has been recognized nationally for its programs and student services. The institution is a two-time semi-finalist for the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, which recognizes colleges that continue to focus on student success, student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.


PCC’s Division of Arts seeks to empower the community through the arts and transform lives through outstanding arts, education, events, and experiences. The Arts Division serves students and community members at all of the institution’s campuses and centers throughout Pima County through its four departments—Digital Arts, Fashion Design, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. The robust and dynamic curricula offer courses and/or academic pathways in film, animation, game design, game programming, web design, graphic design, garment construction, fashion design, fashion merchandising, instrumental music, vocal music, theatre performance, technical theatre, dance, painting, drawing, sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, art history, and more.

     In addition to its instructional offerings, the Arts Division oversees the artistic programming at the Center for the Arts and its three performance venues (420-seat Proscenium Theater, 200-seat Blackbox Theater, and 90-seat Recital Hall) on PCC’s West Campus. This includes performances from both internal and external entities, including more than 120 events annually.

     The Division of Arts also maintains seven gallery spaces throughout the Pima Community College District, including the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery. This professional art gallery exhibits the work of regional, national, and international contemporary artists, and it also hosts a juried student exhibition annually. The Sculpture on Campus Program, housed on PCC’s East Campus, accepts new outdoor sculptures bi-annually, and it shares the work of contemporary artists in an open access gallery and outdoor museum setting.


As part of the administrative staff of the College and directly reporting to the Provost, the Dean of Arts provides leadership to faculty and staff, sets direction for College-wide programs in the Arts, and provides overall direction of program curricula and operations. In the best interest of students, the Dean maintains the highest standards of integrity in accordance with the mission, values, and core themes of the College.

    The Dean leads, plans, initiates, and reviews all Fine Arts programs across the College. These responsibilities include oversight of the faculty in the division and any programmatic staff. In this role, the Dean helps coordinate and ensure consistency in service provided to students across the College. In addition, this academic administrator oversees the development of the budget and acquisition of adequate resources for the programs.

     The Dean serves as an authority on class schedules, oversees curriculum changes, and serves as the College representative to K-12 schools, business and agency partners, and other institutions of higher education. This administrator works in a highly collaborative environment, consulting with peers and partnering with community entities.

   In addition to recommending faculty and staff selection, the Dean provides professional leadership and supervision in recruiting and developing faculty and staff members in the area of delegated responsibility. The Dean directs the evaluation of instruction and operations for program efficiency, delivery, and performance measures and encourages faculty and staff development through ongoing educational growth and professional involvement and activities.

     PCC has committed to building its Center of Excellence in the Arts, a 21st century facility for arts innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and community engagement. The incoming Dean of Arts will be responsible for leading the continued planning, development, and implementation of PCC’s Center of Excellence in the Arts.

     The Center of Excellence for the Arts will serve as an epicenter for creative inquiry, and it will strive to:

  • Create transformative, life-changing experiences in the arts.
  • Connect with industry partners to meet workforce needs and prepare the next generation of artists for successful careers in an ever-changing landscape.
  • Provide students and faculty with the necessary resources to be national leaders in arts innovation, scholarship, and practice.
  • Serve as a community hub and anchor institution for telling our stories through art, theatre, music, dance, film, design, and more.
  • Exhibit to collaborators, sponsors, and patrons that this space is unique, infused with creativity and a spirit of innovation, and ready to evolve for the future of our community.


  • Provides leadership and direction to instructional and program staff, faculty, and adjunct faculty in developing and sustaining programs within assigned College-wide programs and services.
  • Ensures the assessment of program and service student-learning outcomes in accordance with College policy and practice.
  • Oversees the classes and schedule, including approval, deletion, modification, and the addition of classes, and leads the development of a data-informed and student-centered master schedule to ensure clear pathways for student completion are available and employers’ needs are met.
  • Provides direction for the development, implementation, and review of the curriculum, both new and existing, as well as new initiatives and programs. In conjunction with Workforce, collaborates with businesses and agencies that employ students from the disciplines within the division.
  • Works in partnership with the three state universities to align the transfer curriculum.
  • Seeks continuous improvement of programs and courses through programmatic input and feedback, curricular revision, and assessment to ensure relevance and currency of programs.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of faculty and staff. Mentors, motivates, evaluates, and advocates for faculty and staff within the assigned disciplines. Monitors the performance of assigned faculty
  • and staff.
  • Develops goals and objectives for the programs and services within the area of assignment and work with others in setting goals. Participates in creating and implementing accountability systems to ensure program goals, objectives, policies, and procedures are met, including the generation of revenue through grants and continuing education opportunities.
  • Collaborates in developing policies, practices, processes, and programs for the College.
  • Communicates policies, standards, and expectations to assigned faculty and staff, and holds employees accountable.
  • Oversees the strategic planning regimen and program and service review processes for the Division.
  • Engages in a continuous improvement process for the assigned programs and services. Aligns planning efforts and key performance indicators with student and employer needs.
  • Works with program and service leaders to develop and monitor the budget for the Division.
  • Oversees the development and management of grants for the disciplines and areas of responsibility.
  • Assists in resolving issues involving faculty and staff, grades, grade grievances, student integrity, dishonesty, rigor, and other matters. Intervenes with student, staff, and faculty safety issues.
  • Interprets and applies policies and procedures for mediation and conflict resolution with students, faculty, staff, and external entities.
  • Participates in accreditation reviews and reports as requested. Completes special projects as requested.
  • Actively serves on a variety of internal and external task forces, committees, and work groups.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in art, music, fashion, fine arts, theater, or a closely related field and eight years of related teaching experience, preferably in higher education


  • An equivalent combination of certification, education, and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job, such as those listed above (All potential applicants will be thoughtfully considered for the interim position as it is necessary to fill this essential position. All interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.)

Preferred Requirements

  • Three or more years academic leadership experience in higher education
  • Six plus years of prior supervisory and budget experience
  • Understanding of teaching and learning theory, and its applications in higher education
  • Professional work experience in the arts industry


  • Demonstrated leadership experience in planning, curriculum and instruction, student learning outcomes and assessment, program development, and student retention
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the diverse cultural, socio-economic, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students and the community at large
  • Strong listening skills and mediation experience
  • Management workstyle that is collaborative, and consultative, and inclusive
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Skills in program planning and implementation
  • Experience with budget preparation and fiscal management and development of financial plans and management of resources
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative educational partnerships
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals
  • Ability to organize resources and establish priorities
  • Ability to establish, direct, and enforce policies and regulations pertaining to the areas of assignment
  • Knowledge of due process requirements with respect to student disciplinary procedures
  • Knowledge of FERPA regulations and other federal compliance issues related to students
  • Knowledge of service excellence standards and procedures
  • Knowledge of student recruitment and retention issues
  • Knowledge of student support programs and services
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends and to travel locally, statewide, and nationally

See the Search Profile here for complete information.



Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.


Application packet must include the following: a) Cover letter, limited to two pages, that describes strengths, skills, and knowledge that will benefit this position, b) Current curriculum vitae, c) At least four work-related references with full contact and e-mail information (References will not be contacted without applicant’s consent.)

Submit application packet to (preferably as PDFs) by November 16, 2022, for best consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Submit nominations to with contact and e-mail information on the individual being nominated.


Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is assisting Pima Community College with this search. Request a conversation at

Equal Educational and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

PCC is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. The College values and celebrates our talented, diverse workforce and seeks to attract, hire, and support employees who consistently and actively embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are intentional about social justice, specifically, the active engagement toward equity and inclusion that addresses issues of institutional, structural, and environmental inequity, power, and privilege. See the PCC Diversity website for additional information about our commitment.

     Pima Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment, education, programs, services, or activities. The College encourages all interested individuals to apply.

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