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Associate Dean of the College of Art

Belmont University
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Watkins College of Art at Belmont University in Nashville, TN is seeking applications for an Associate Dean and tenure-track Associate Professor or Professor beginning August 1st, 2022.

The Watkins College of Art at Belmont University is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and recognizes the importance of a comprehensive art education by offering programs relevant to a range of traditional artistic disciplines and encouraging creativity, practice, and scholarship. Programs of study include Art History, Art Education, Design Communications, Experiential Design, Illustration, Photography and Studio Art, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.

The Associate Dean of the College of Art is a member of the teaching faculty. In addition to teaching in their area of expertise (generally three courses per year), the Associate Dean will report to the Dean and be responsible for coordination of diverse functions of the college with Program Directors, including responsibilities from the following

-Coordinating with Program Directors to schedule courses
-Organizing institutional assessment of college academic programs through the university’s Office of Assessment and Institutional Research
-Supporting faculty teaching through oversight of facility needs (studios, labs, classrooms) with appropriate university offices
-Representing the college on various committees and task forces
-Managing honorarium requests from faculty
-Other general duties related to the administration of the college as needed and directed by the Dean

Additional responsibilities include collegial participation in collaborative settings, academic advising, student mentoring, scholarly and/or creative activity, and college and university service. Assignment of responsibilities will be made to emphasize the successful candidate’s areas of administrative interest and expertise. As all Belmont undergraduates complete an innovative general education program with significant interdisciplinary components,  

Belmont University is particularly seeking applicants who can demonstrate the interest and ability to work collaboratively in course design and to teach interdisciplinary and topical courses in this program.  For additional information about the position and to complete the online application, candidates are directed to An electronic version of a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Philosophy,  and a Response to Belmont’s Mission, Vision, Values, and “Five Ways of Being” must be attached to complete the online application. 

During the application process, applicants will be asked to attach a response to Belmont University’s Mission, Vision, Values, and “Five Ways of Being” articulating how the candidate’s knowledge, experience, and beliefs have prepared them to contribute to a Christ-centered, student-focused university of learning, service and give a brief statement of teaching philosophy.

Located two miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee, Belmont University consists of nearly 8,800 students who come from every state and 33 countries. Consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for innovation and commitment to undergraduate teaching, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christ-centered and student-focused community of learning and service. As a campus that aims to Let Hope Abound, the University is committed to producing graduates who are Hope Inspiring, Character Forming, Future Shaping, Community Engaging and Bridge Building people. With more than 115 areas of undergraduate study, 41 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon. Belmont University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse learning community of committed Christians from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Consistent with applicable civil rights law, the University seeks employees of Christian faith who are committed to the mission of the University. Belmont’s Office of Human Resources will conduct ongoing evaluations of the means by which candidates for employment are sought, to the end that the pool of candidates will include qualified women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

The selected candidate for this position will be required to complete a background check satisfactory to the University.  

Belmont University seeks to attract and retain highly qualified faculty and staff that share the University's values and will contribute to its mission and vision to be a leader among teaching universities bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christ-centered community of learning and service. 

  • Earned terminal degree appropriate to a discipline in the college or a related field (such disciplines include fine arts, graphic design, illustration, photography, art history, and art education)
  • Ability to develop and support implementation of policies, procedures, and guidelines aligned with the mission, vision, and values of the college and university; ability to pursue teaching in alignment with the same 
  • Capacity to contribute to college programs by teaching part of the curriculum, as appropriate to experience and expertise
  • Minimum of three years of university administrative experience as a program director/department chair, professional staff member or administrative team member, in addition to experience teaching at the college level
  • Experience in organizational leadership and higher education administration through significant service/committee work or administrative assignments
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, and students 
  • Experience in innovative teaching and administration in higher education
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Evidence of working with diverse groups, including students, faculty, and staff

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience overseeing a Master of Fine Arts program
  • Capacity to contribute to university general education program by teaching part of the BELL Core curriculum (e.g. First Year Seminar)
  • Firm grasp of the emerging challenges and opportunities in higher education 
  • Experience teaching within a liberal-arts and/or faith-based university
  • Experience with NASAD accreditation
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: curriculum, assessment, accreditation, enrollment management, service-learning, academic/vocational advising programs, diversity initiatives, ePortfolio initiatives

MFA, PhD, or progress toward a terminal degree is required;

Two to three years of academic teaching experience beyond the TA is strongly preferred.

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