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Texas Tech University
  • Position Number: 2303568
  • Location: Lubbock, TX
  • Position Type: Deans - Fine and Applied Arts

Academic Dean of the Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts
Visual and Perform Arts

Position Description
Principal administrative officer of a college/library in the Texas Tech University System. The chief responsibility is the development, supervision, and operation of the academic programs of the college or school in accordance with established guidelines, governmental regulations, and the mission of Texas Tech. The dean and staff serve as consultants on all academic matters, such as course changes, choice of major, and degree requirements.

Major/Essential Functions
The Dean reports to the Provost and works closely with the President and other senior officers to implement the University Strategic Plan. The next Dean must have the integrity, perseverance, and vision required to address the vital issues facing the College while continuing to support the unique strengths and culture that create an exceptional learning environment.

The Dean should be an active and visible leader, become personally vested in the life of the College, and promote high expectations and accountability across the College. The Dean should have a passion for the arts and a deep understanding of the power and influence of the arts.

The specific priorities and responsibilities of the Dean include:
  • Leading and implementing the colleges strategic plan and developing a collective vision all stakeholders can enthusiastically support and embrace;
  • Leading fundraising initiatives and promoting donor development to meet current and future needs of the College;
  • Promoting a culturally competent and welcoming environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrating a strong commitment to, and experience with, recruiting, supporting, and retaining a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students;
  • Providing leadership and innovation in teaching, research, creative activity, curriculum development, and service including fostering relationships across campus;
  • Articulating and celebrating the successes and contributions of the College to Lubbock, the state, the nation, and the world;
  • Effectively working with faculty and staff in an environment of shared governance;
  • Exhibiting decision-making rooted in transparency, collaboration, and empowerment;
  • Engaging with alumni and community partners and becoming an active and visible leader across campus and in the community;
  • Being a visible and willing participant in the lives of the students, including promoting a positive educational experience, attending student performances and events, and being engaged with the training and career development of the students;
  • Building key relationships in the artistic professions and industries for which students are being trained;
  • Managing graduate and undergraduate enrollment, including recruiting, retention, and graduation rates;
  • Effectively managing the colleges human, financial, and physical resources;
  • Leading the College in a manner that supports the Universitys R1 status, while articulating in a supportive way the expectations this status brings for faculty and their research and creative activities;
  • Being supportive of all three schools in the College in a fair and equitable manner.

Required Qualifications
Appropriate terminal degree for the position; in addition, progressively responsible managerial experience.

Preferred Qualifications
The College is seeking a dynamic leader who brings passion and an understanding of the convergent disciplines and activities that fuel the Colleges success and visibility. Candidates should have significant experience and demonstrable skills in leading and managing progressive change in a large, complex environment.

Specifically, candidates must demonstrate evidence of the following qualifications:
  • Earned terminal degree and a distinguished record of professional accomplishment consistent with the rank of a tenured professor in one of the three schools of the College;
  • Experience and achievement as a senior-level administrator, preferably in higher education or an equivalent organization that serves complex and diverse constituencies, including a proven ability to provide visionary leadership and promote excellence in teaching, research, creative activity, and service;
  • An ability to raise financial resources and build the financial infrastructure of the College, including externally sponsored research;
  • Exceptionally strong and timely communication skills (verbal, written, listening, interpersonal), including the ability to clearly articulate the Colleges vision, goals, and accomplishments in a way that will forge productive links and support from University administration and external constituencies;
  • Skills and experience in strategic planning, academic program development, fiscal planning, and resource and financial management;
  • A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse populations, including success in developing and managing diverse teams and championing diversity, equity, and inclusion at all operating levels of the College;
  • An ability to enhance a climate of collegiality among the schools within the College;
  • Proven track record working with community partners.

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As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university does not discriminate on the basis of an applicants race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran. Texas Tech welcomes consideration of dual career and professional couple accommodations.

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