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Director, Center for Arts in Medicine

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts, Performing Arts, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Deans
Employment Type
Full Time
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Classification Title:

Program Director

Job Description:

The Center for Arts in Medicine (CAM) in the College of the Arts is committed to advancing research, education, and practice in arts in health, locally, and globally. In response to exponential growth and success, CAM is expanding its leadership team and organizational infrastructure . We now seek a dynamic director to lead our close-knit and rapidly expanding academic community made up of artists and scholars working in and researching the intersections of arts and health. Three overarching tenets ground and guide the work and culture of CAM:
  • The field of arts in health is built on a broad array of histories and practices at the intersections of the arts, culture, and health; therefore, we embrace a broad range of practice in our education, research, and practice.
  • Each and every life has equal value and potential; therefore, we are committed to equity and anti-racism in our teaching, research, and practice.
  • We exist to advance evidence-based practice in arts in health; therefore, we seek the integration of teaching, research, and practice .
We seek a strategic thinker with excellent emotional intelligence, communication skills, and administrative savvy in academic contexts who exemplifies CAM’s tenets and will help propel CAM to new levels of excellence as part of a comprehensive land, sea, and space-grant research university (ranked #5 among U.S. public universities). We seek a leader who will guide CAM as it becomes a tenure and doctoral degree granting unit within the College. We seek a leader with a deep understanding of artistic practice, expertise in the field of social practice, and experience in community-engaged research and practice. We seek a leader with the vision and capacity to build, implement, and maintain strong academic structures and to lead collaborative academic work within a discipline-rich campus environment.

The new director will work in tandem with CAM’s first-ever research director, Dr. Jill Sonke, who will oversee the center’s research activities and advance its research agenda in national and international spheres.

The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.

Responsibilities of the Director:
  • Manage the administrative, budget/fiscal, facilities, academic operations, and degree programs of the center in ways that are in alignment with the strategic plan of the Center for Arts in Medicine, the College of the Arts, and University of Florida
  • Lead the ongoing examination of the center’s artistic, scholarly, and academic programs
  • Provide leadership in the center’s academic activities, strategic initiatives, and external engagement
  • Help develop and maintain an academic, curricular, and pedagogical structure that will continue to shape and articulate the Center for Arts in Medicine’s place at the forefront of the academic disciplines it encompasses
  • Collaborate with the CAM Research Director to achieve and sustain a thriving research portfolio for the Center
  • Collaborate with CAM leadership in the achievement of strategic plan goals
  • Advance the collaboration with UF Health Arts in Medicine to facilitate academic engagement in clinical and community practices
  • Articulate the center’s vision, goals, and accomplishments to its constituencies and promote visibility
  • Lead efforts to secure external funding from the private and public spheres
  • Recruit and retain dynamic, impactful students, faculty, and staff
  • Develop, foster, and maintain an inclusive, diverse, and collegial environment that optimizes the strengths of its students, faculty, and staff

Center for Arts in Medicine: Housed in the College of the Arts, the Center for Arts in Medicine is committed to advancing research, education, and practice in the arts in health, locally and globally. The Center facilitates research, education, and training in the use of the arts to enhance health in healthcare and public health contexts. The Center provides a framework for interdisciplinary collaboration among University of Florida faculty and students, healthcare providers, clinical artists, and our local and global communities. The Center develops and effects interdisciplinary research studies through its two research labs, and educational curricula on all levels. The Center serves as a national model for the arts in health research, education, and training. The Center provides certificate and degree programs, including MA and graduate certificates in Arts in Medicine and Arts in Public Health, and undergraduate certificates across disciplines. For more information, visit Center for Arts in Medicine | College of the Arts | University of Florida ( .

College of the Arts: The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute, and the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.

University of Florida: We are a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top five best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural, and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical, and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources, such as: the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium); the Harn Museum of Art; the Florida Museum of Natural History; the Hippodrome State Theatre; and Dance Alive National Ballet.

Expected Salary:

Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, including a comprehensive and highly competitive leave and benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:
  • A terminal degree (or professional equivalency) and a substantial record of academic research and/or scholarly achievement in an area of practice that falls within the scope of Arts and Healthcare or Arts and Public Health; for tenure-track applicants, a terminal degree in a relevant field (as above) and a record of distinction in research, teaching, and service commensurate with a tenured appointment in the unit most appropriate to the candidate's area of expertise, at the rank of Associate or Full Professor
  • Leadership or administrative experience at an institution of higher education
  • Evidence of success in promoting and engaging an environment that advances access, equity, and inclusion
Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will bring to the position demonstrated skills and a record of success in:
  • Teaching and curriculum development
  • Management of people and budgets
  • Organizational management and communications
  • Effective support of faculty, staff, students, and administrators
  • Recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students
  • Strategic planning and accreditation
  • Community engaged practice
  • Arts advocacy
  • Fundraising
  • Commitment to shared governance
Special Instructions to Applicants:

This is a full-time, twelve-month, faculty position. Rank and tenure status contingent upon candidate qualifications. Tenure home dependent upon candidate’s discipline with tenure upon hire, if appropriate.

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by January 30, 2022. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system. Online applications must include the following:
(1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you meet the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community;
(2) a complete academic, artistic, and administrative curriculum vitae;
(3) names and contact information of three professional references.

The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of reference.

Please direct nominations and inquiries to:
Dr. Kevin Orr

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Health Assessment Required: No

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