Dean, College of the Arts
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) seeks an inspirational leader for Dean of the College of the Arts (COTA). The Dean will lead the staff, faculty and department chairs in fulfilling the College mission to provide a dynamic, contemporary learning environment that honors tradition, embraces diversity, inspires innovation, and strives for excellence. The faculty of artists, educators, performers, and scholars is committed to challenging students intellectually, creatively, and professionally, while encouraging them to find their individual artistic voices.
COTA is California’s largest and most comprehensive publicly funded school for the arts, with approximately 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students. (The College is one of eight CSULB Colleges that together enroll 31,455 undergraduate and 5,400 graduate students; see www.csulb.edu.) It includes the Departments of Dance, Design, Film and Electronic Arts, and Theatre Arts, as well as the School of Art, the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center (CPAC). The College features seven different performance venues and multiple exhibition spaces for art and design installations and shows. These facilities annually house approximately 500 arts and arts-focused events and welcome more than 150,000 audience members and exhibit visitors to the CSULB campus.
The Dean will manage the College’s fiscal resources and personnel; recruit and retaining a well-qualified and diverse faculty and staff; develop effective student recruitment and retention programs in the College; and raise funds to support the College’s academic programs, research, performance, and exhibition activities. The successful candidate will possess the academic, financial, and strategic acumen to offer collaborative and transparent leadership within the University and Long Beach communities. Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate, appropriate terminal degree or professional equivalency in the arts; a record of university teaching, scholarly and creative activity that satisfies eligibility of appointment to the rank of tenured full professor in an academic program in the College; a strong commitment to excellence in innovation in student learning, including demonstrated success and/or expertise in educating a diverse student population; and demonstrated success in external fundraising and other fundraising and development activities. For more requirements and for desired qualifications, as well as more information about the position, College, and University, find the Dean search at https://academicsearch.org/open-searches-public/.
Nominations and applications: The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to materials received by February 21, 2020. To apply a candidate should submit 1) a letter of intent addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements; 2) a current CV/resume; and 3) contact information for at least five professional references, including email addresses and a brief note of the candidate’s working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate and at a later stage in the search.
Academic Search is assisting California State University Long Beach in this search. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications (PDF preferred) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to: CSULBDEAN@academicsearch.org.
Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with the senior consultant leading this search: Cynthia M. Patterson at Cynthia.Patterson@academicsearch.org or (561) 901-9272.
CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veterans’ status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.