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Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Academic Affairs

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
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Nov 10, 2021

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Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Academic Affairs

Department: College of Fine Arts
Posted: Sep 2, 2021
Apply By: Open until filled


The College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin seeks nominations or applications to the post of Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Academic Affairs. Faculty rank, tenure, and salary commensurate with experience. Earliest start date: January 2022. The position requires relocation to Austin, TX.

The College of Fine Arts is committed to making its programs reflect more closely the demographics and priorities of the world today. As a College, we strive to educate the next generation of creative leaders and endeavor to generate new knowledge of benefit to society. We hold an expansive understanding of creativity as not only being crucial to traditional artistic practices but also to innovation in science, health, business and beyond. We champion and preserve many artistic traditions and repertoires, while also re-imagining them and welcoming new ones. Our position within an R1 institution affords us world-class opportunities to collaborate across disciplines within the College and the broader University.

We seek candidates who will help us fulfill our promise of excellence, innovation, and collaboration and to meet our responsibility as a national leader in arts education.

This faculty administrative position serves as a primary operational advisor to the dean, oversees graduate programs and serves as primary liaison with the Graduate School, and oversees accreditation and assessment of all academic programs within the College. As Associate Dean, the candidate will also contribute to the development and support of new academic programs (degree and non-degree), cultivate collaborative ventures with other units across the university, sustain and manage current interdisciplinary programs, and support the dean and the College in administrative, ceremonial, and other general operational functions as needed. On behalf of the dean, the Associate Dean oversees significant portions of the college's operations, which may include but is not limited to supervising undergraduate programs and student life cycle, graduate scholarships, web strategy, instructional continuity and innovation, and other staffing areas. The successful candidate will be appointed as faculty in one of the College's academic units (Art and Art History; Music; Theatre and Dance; Design and Creative Technologies) and is expected to teach and conduct research or creative activity in that unit.

The College of Fine Arts has a diverse student body of about 1,700 undergraduate, 200 masters and 200 doctoral students and offers BA, BM, BFA, BS, MA, MM, MFA, DMA, and PHD degrees in a variety of practice-based and scholarly disciplines, as well as an Artist's Diploma and K-12 teaching certification. Most, but not all, are in-residence degrees following the standard tuition-funded model of a large, land-grant, public research university. For further information, please visit us at

This faculty administrator will advocate for the arts, our award-winning faculty, and our constituent programs within one of the largest, tier one, public research universities in the country. UT Austin is ideally situated in one of the largest and most populous states in the country; within a growing local community that values the creative arts, technology, and live music; and near Spanish-speaking Central, South, and North America. It has recently been awarded the Seal of Excelencia for Commitment to Latino Students, as a Hispanic Serving Institution. The college encourages applications from candidates belonging to groups that are underrepresented in higher education, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, the differently-abled, and members of the LGBTQIA community.


The ideal candidate will have a terminal degree in their field and extensive administrative experience in a peer-level institution, especially in graduate arts education. They will demonstrate evidence of experience advancing arts education platforms committed to diversity and inclusion; generating a rigorous culture of innovation in research, creative activity, and pedagogy; teaching successfully, especially at the graduate level; and researching or practicing creative activity in a creative discipline at a level of national recognition sufficient for appointment with tenure. The College seeks candidates whose prior academic activity has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and support students from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions

Review of applications has begun, but the position remains open and is accepting new applications until it is filled.

To nominate an individual, please e-mail search committee chair, Tim Creswick, at explaining why they would be a strong candidate and providing contact information, if you have it.

To apply, click “apply now” to submit your application via Interfolio. Application materials must include:
  • Letter of interest that addresses at least your qualifications and ambitions for this leadership position and your diversity-related skills and contributions in teaching, service, and/or research.
  • Curriculum vita that includes at least both your research and administrative/student service activity.

You may direct questions to the search committee chair at, but all applications must be submitted via Interfolio. Background check conducted on successful candidate.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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