Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs
Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs. The University seeks a proven and dynamic leader who will work with the University’s talented faculty and staff to provide leadership for the Office of Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, and Academic Support Programs. The Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.
The institution opened its doors in 1965, and has since developed a justly deserved international reputation for training talented artists from high school through graduate school for careers in the performing, visual, and moving image arts. Students are admitted by competitive auditions and come from throughout North Carolina, the United States and more than 20 foreign countries. UNCSA is divided into five separate Schools that operate as arts conservatories, in addition to two divisions - the High School Academic Program and the undergraduate Division of Liberal Arts. Each one of the five schools is dedicated to a specific aspect of the performing or moving image arts, and each one is charged with providing students with an educational experience designed to develop talent, vision and professional excellence. UNCSA is one of seventeen campuses of the University of North Carolina system, and the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Total institutional enrollment for fall 2016 is 1,303.
The mission of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is to provide gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives, and it serves and enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina and the nation.
UNCSA is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a progressive Southern city with a vibrant downtown renaissance and the recipient of many “Best Place to Live” honors. As home to the first Arts Council in the US, Winston Salem paved the way for public-private support of the arts and created the model for Arts Councils nationwide. And the city’s numerous galleries, performing arts groups, theaters, collectives and collections continue to attract and appeal to arts lovers worldwide.
The Position of Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs
The Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs serves as the second senior academic officer of the University, and acts for the Provost in their absence. Under the direction of the Provost, the Vice Provost and Dean oversees the academic affairs of the university, working with the other deans, faculty, administration, and staff to ensure a learner-focused environment that is committed to the success of every student. The Office of Academic Affairs coordinates with several other offices meet this objective and serves the deans and faculty in the development of academic and artistic curricula.
The Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs provides guidance, interpretation, and administration of faculty personnel policies, procedures, and guidelines at UNCSA. The Vice Provost and Dean assists the Provost by providing a first-level review of faculty appointments, reappointments, job changes, and salary actions.
Specific responsibilities of the Vice Provost and Dean include:
- Oversees the day-to-day operations of Academic Affairs
- Leads campus-wide student success initiatives;
- Provides leadership for certificate and degree program development
- Represents the Provost on faculty committees such as the Educational Policies Committee, the Faculty Rank Committee, the Faculty Development Committee, and the Faculty Welfare Committee
- Works with the Offices of Faculty Affairs and the Teaching and Learning Center to provide faculty development opportunities and manage the annual new faculty orientation and faculty enrichment day activities
- Represents UNCSA at various meetings and conferences hosted by UNC General Administration, including but not limited to gatherings of the UNC Chief Research Officers, Student Success Initiatives, and Institutional Effectiveness programs
- Oversees the following offices and programs:
- Community & Summer Programs
- Faculty Affairs
- Faculty Development
- Graduate Programs
- Institutional Effectiveness
- Learning Resources and Disability Resources
- Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
- Writing Center
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following qualifications:
- A proven dynamic and creative leader who inspires trust and respect.
- Administrative experience at the level of Dean or Department Director/Chair, including oversight of personnel and budgetary matters
- A demonstrable record of innovative and facilitative leadership experience in administering academic programs
- Passion and dedication to education, a demonstrated appreciation for the arts, and an understanding of the training of artists
- Experience as a faculty member, with a deep understanding of the development of pedagogy and curricula
- Strong listening and communication skills with an open and approachable management style.
- Evidence of a responsive, yet decisive approach to planning and problem-solving informed by campus-wide perspectives.
- An earned terminal degree.