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Dean of the School of Media, Culture & Design

Woodbury University
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Mar 28, 2022

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Administrative, Deans
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Full Time
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Woodbury University invites applications for the Dean of the School of Media, Culture, & Design. The Dean of the School of Media, Culture, & Design serves as the academic and administrative leader of the School of Media, Culture, & Design (MCD) at Woodbury University. The Dean works with the faculty, administrative staff, and students in ensuring the MCD programs meet high standards of academic excellence. The School of Media, Culture & Design offers bachelor’s degrees and is in the process of establishing a master’s degree program. MCD has eight academic departments: Animation and Visual Effects, Media Studies, Design Foundation, Fashion Design, Filmmaking, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, and Psychology. Candidates should have experience working in communities of varying beliefs and backgrounds and have a demonstrated track-record in fostering diverse and inclusive educational environments. The Dean reports directly to the Sr. VP of Academic Affairs and serves as a key member in the President’s Cabinet.

Mission | The School of Media, Culture, & Design brings together multiple avenues of inquiry that produce the critical skills and knowledge needed for students to excel in their chosen disciplines. We prepare students to live in the global community as innovative problem-solvers and to work in its wide variety of cultural industries as fully creative, critically aware, and socially responsible individuals.

Vision | The School of Media, Culture & Design seeks to provide profound educational experiences through inspiring faculty, curricula, and facilities that will prepare the next generation of creative professionals, bridge our disciplines, allow students to collaborate to solve problems from multiple perspectives, and ultimately transform themselves and society.


Academic Leadership

  • Works with the faculty of the School of Media, Culture, & Design in establishing the vision, mission, and strategic directions for the programs and units housed in the school.
  • Supports the interaction of MCD faculty and students with the other WU schools to provide interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary opportunities.
  • Ensures the operations and performance of MCD comply with the standards of the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).
  • Ensures the activities of MCD support the teaching, research, and service missions of the school and the university.
  • Advocates for the needs of MCD programs including curriculum, facilities, faculty, and students.
  • Provides leadership in developing and implementing the strategic and enrollment initiatives of MCD.


  • Supervises associate deans, chairs, faculty, and staff in the School of Media, Culture, & Design.
  • Ensures appropriate search processes are completed prior to recommending specific candidates for full-time faculty positions to the Sr. VP of Academic Affairs.
  • Provides input into the full-time faculty evaluation process operated by the Woodbury University Faculty Association.
  • Ensures the establishment and implementation of an MCD-based performance-evaluation process for all classifications of adjunct faculty members.



  • Coordinates input into the annual WU budget-development process, identifying and compiling the requests and needs for personnel, operations, equipment, and capital improvements to support the needs of MCD programs, students, faculty, and staff.
  • Oversees the budget of MCD programs and activities.

Academic Policy

  • Ensures the establishment and periodic revision of the MCD School Policy Handbook consistent with the policy on “School Policy Handbooks” established by the Faculty Senate in Spring 2009.
  • Ensures compliance with the guidelines, process, and procedures established in the MCD Policy Handbook.
  • Participates in the development of university-wide academic policy through the Deans’ Council and President’s Cabinet.

Curriculum and Program Development                            

  • Ensures that the development of new programs and courses plus the revision of existing programs and courses are consistent with the strategic directions of the university.
  • Works with faculty to ensure that program review processes assess the ability of the MCD academic programs to meet their specified mission and goals.

University Leadership                                                                                     

  • Participates in university-level leadership as a member of the President’s Cabinet and as a member of the Deans’ Council.
  • Provides leadership in developing and implementing the strategic initiatives of Woodbury University.
  • Working with the President’s Office, supports the fundraising and development functions of Woodbury University by developing strong connections to national disciplinary organizations, local and national industry and governmental organizations, and individuals who may serve as potential donors.
  • Avoids conflicts of interest in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or give the appearance of compromising, the allocation of professional time, energy, or judgment in administration of the duties of the dean.

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in an academic field related to the programs housed in MCD.
  • Demonstrated success administering academic programs as a department head or equivalent.
  • A record of teaching, research, and service that meets the qualifications of a senior faculty rank.
  • Demonstrated success planning and managing budgets.
  • Proven experience in new and existing student enrollment strategies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance.
  • Effective communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic administrative experience above the level of department chair.
  • Demonstrated successful experience with programs accredited by NASAD.
  • Demonstrated success with grants and contracts.
  • Successful fundraising.
  • Demonstrated success in new program development.
  • Demonstrated record of support for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary activities.

Physical Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation. The qualifications listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Close vision, hearing/listening, and clear speech. 
  • Manual hand/fingers dexterity.
  • Combination of sedentary work, kneeling, stooping, bending, sitting, squatting, standing, etc.
  • Works with/around and has verbal and face-to-face contact with others.


This position qualifies for university sponsored employee benefit plans and programs (e.g., group health insurance, life insurance, tax deferred annuity plan, annual vacation, sick, and paid holidays), subject to the eligibility requirements and conditions of each plan and program. 


About Woodbury University

Woodbury University, where engagement, innovation and transformation empower people to accomplish extraordinary things. Established in 1884 as a small, private, nonprofit institution, Woodbury University today is located at the heart of the Southern California creative economy, where it is a major draw for students locally and globally who wish to gain access to a rich ecosystem of expertise and resources. Please follow the link to learn more about Woodbury University:


APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled. Submissions must include:

  • Letter of interest that explains how the candidate meets the qualifications specified
  • Current resume/CV which lists educational and employment history
  • Contact information of at least three (3) references
  • Diversity Statement (1 page maximum)
  • Portfolio of publications, research and/or professional work (10 pages, maximum)

All application materials must be submitted through the Woodbury University Job Board. Email applications and submissions on third party platforms will not be considered.


Woodbury University is dedicated to celebrating diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  Woodbury University is an EEO/AA institution committed to multicultural diversity in its peoples and programs. All employment decisions for all job classifications will be made on the basis of such factors as education, character, ability, skill and training, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political orientation, disability, veteran status, marital status, parental status, genetic information, membership or non-membership in any lawful organization, or any other protected status.

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