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Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Kutztown University
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
commensurate with experience
Start date
Sep 21, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at Kutztown University (  invites applications for the position of Associate Dean to begin summer 2024 or earlier. CVPA is a vibrant creative community of about 100 faculty serving 1550 students through 14 undergraduate programs and four graduate programs in the disciplines of Art, Music, Cinema, and Communication. The Art and Music programs are accredited by the National Arts accrediting organizations of NASAD and NASM, respectively.  Find out more at
The Associate Dean will serve as a collaborative leader in a positive, collegial environment that places an emphasis on providing students with access to innovative curricula, world-class performances and exhibitions, dynamic teaching, and study abroad opportunities to foster academic excellence and creative expression within an inclusive student-centered environment. Working in conjunction with the dean, department chairs, faculty and staff, the Associate Dean will coordinate or manage curriculum development and implementation, accreditation processes, assessment activities, student success initiatives, and discipline-specific admission and enrollment processes. This is a 12-month full-time management position; this position does not carry faculty or tenure status. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications

The chosen candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the vision, values, purposes and strategic priorities of the University and the College.

  • Terminal degree from an accredited institution in a discipline represented in the college.
  • Collegiate teaching experience in one or more disciplines represented in the college.
  • Two or more years of successful academic leadership experience at the level of department chair or above.
  • Record of excellence in artistic and/or scholarly activity.
  • Demonstrated successful experience with curriculum development and implementation.
  • Experience with, and commitment to, assessment/assurance of learning and accreditation.
  • Experience working with students to achieve academic success.
  • Experience performing quantitative data analysis and applying results in the context of student success, enrollment management, and/or strategic planning.
  • Experience working with diverse populations and designing programs that support diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives.
  • Effective managerial skills characterized by fairness, adaptability, and willingness to innovate.
  •   Preferred Qualifications
    • Five or more years of teaching experience in one or more arts-related disciplines at the undergraduate and/or graduate level at an accredited higher education institution 
    • Prior experience working with arts (NASAD and/or NASM), and/or education accreditation expectations and standards
    • Demonstrated experience with curriculum and/or course delivery innovation, including accelerated, online and/or blended instruction
    • Broad knowledge of visual and performing arts curricula
    • Shared governance experience
    • Experience in a collective bargaining environment
    • Ability to promote and uphold the mission and shared vision of the institution as articulated in the Kutztown University Strategic Plan 2021-2024
    • An understanding of the leadership skills necessary to confront the challenges and possibilities facing higher education in the years to come
      Supplemental Information

    All applications for this position are submitted via our online application system only. Attach the following items in PDF or Word file format to the online application: [1] a cover letter to the Search Committee Chair, that addresses how the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications, [2] a full curriculum vitae, and [3] the contact information for at least three professional references from within higher education, one of which must be the current or most recent supervisor.
    Complete applications received by October 24, 2023 will receive full consideration, and the search will continue until the position is filled. Successful on-campus interview, reference checks, background clearances (PA Criminal, Child Abuse Clearance and FBI Clearance) and demonstration of ability are requisite qualifications for all positions. Official transcripts for all degrees are required prior to appointment.
    Kutztown University enrolls approximately 8,500 students in graduate and undergraduate programs. The University is located adjacent to the borough of Kutztown in a charming rural setting and is within 30 minutes driving time of the diverse metropolitan areas of Allentown/Bethlehem and Reading, and within 60 minutes of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The University is very interested in hiring employees who have extensive experience with diverse populations. Kutztown University is an AA/EOE member of the PA State System of Higher Education and actively solicits applications from women and minority candidates.
    Non-Discrimination Statement
     Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University's Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by e-mail at


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