Dean, College of Architecture, Visual Arts + Design (CAVAD)

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Position Title
Dean, College of Architecture, Visual Arts + Design (CAVAD)

Position Summary

California Baptist University ( CBU ) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, College of Architecture, Visual Arts + Design ( CAVAD ).

Founded in 1950, California Baptist University is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, California. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission ( WSCUC ), CBU offers more than 100 majors, more than 30 graduate degree programs and seven doctoral degrees. Affiliated with California Southern Baptist Convention, CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. For more information about the university, visit this page

CAVAD is an established multi-faceted design college dedicated to the integration of Christian thought and practice, cutting-edge design pedagogy, and reflective professional practice. As one of the largest Christian art and design colleges in the United States, CAVAD embraces the entire spectrum of art and design-oriented disciplines where students experience an interdisciplinary approach to learning that offers unique and unlimited opportunities for collaboration, inspiration, and most importantly, a deep and well-rounded education rooted in the Christian worldview. With strong growth in student numbers and program offerings, CAVAD consists of 9 academic programs, 23 faculty, 3 support staff, and approximately 600 students. For further information about the college, please see

Position Description. The Dean of the College of Architecture, Visual Arts + Design is the chief academic officer and the administrative head of the school. The Dean holds academic rank and is charged with the administration, academic leadership, and supervision of the operation of the school through its instructional programs, research, publications, and service activities. This administrator must be a visionary who has the demonstrated ability and entrepreneurial mindset to execute a strategic plan.

The Dean reports directly to the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves on the Provost’s Council.

Pay Range

The compensation for this appointment will range from $150,000-$170,000 annually and reflects what California Baptist University reasonably expects to pay for this faculty appointment. Actual compensation may vary based on the qualifications and experience of the applicant, as well as market conditions. In addition to wages, CBU offers a robust suite of employee benefits.


Required qualifications include 1) A demonstrated mature Christian faith aligned with CBU’s foundation as a Christian institution committed to the Great Commission, 2) demonstrated experience and knowledge of integrating Christian faith with the theory and practice of art, design, or creativity, 3) an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in a field related to the work of CAVAD, 4) progressive administrative experience in higher education, 5) knowledge of accreditation bodies, 6) an outstanding record of leadership and service to the community, and 7) an outstanding record of academic activities including university teaching, research, retention, fiscal management, strategic planning, and enthusiasm and the ability to contribute to substantial development and fundraising efforts.
The successful candidate is expected to assume duties July 1, 2024.

Teaching Responsibilities

Nondiscrimination Statement

State and Federal law permit California Baptist University to discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its purpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to either State or Federal law.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a Christian?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you attend church regularly?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. If no, please explain (required):

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with the fundamental doctrines and practices of the California Southern Baptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message dated June 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)
    • Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)
    • No (I am in conflict or not familiar)
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Christian Experience Essay
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letter of Reference 1
  5. Letter of Reference 2
  6. Letter of Reference 3
Optional Documents
  1. Resume

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