Associate Dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Sep 05, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for a new Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Associate Dean serves as a member of the College of Visual and Performing Arts administrative leadership team reporting to the Dean of the College, and works collaboratively with department chairs and faculty, staff members, and other academic leaders to develop and implement strategic initiatives, curricula, and policies. This is a 12-month faculty appointment with a teaching requirement and reassigned time granted for administrative responsibilities.

The ideal candidate has a high energy leadership style characterized by transparency and collegiality; a solutions-focused, “roll-up-your-sleeves” work ethic; and a strong commitment to the University's and College’s vision, core values, and strategic priorities. S/he has proven success as a strategic leader in an arts-based higher education environment with accomplishments in designing, developing, and implementing excellent, innovative and effective programs. A record of success developing and implementing undergraduate programs is expected, while graduate level experience is preferred but not required.

The ideal candidate is committed to the importance of the role of new technologies in the teaching and practice of the arts; the ability to bridge faculty and administrative roles and interests; experience with faculty development and evaluations that promote teaching effectiveness and professional, creative, and scholarly activity; demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of best practices in the areas of student recruiting and retention; academic advising; and experience in program assessment, student and course assessment, and institutional accreditation.

Associate Dean Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and assist in directing the Office of Student Services, working with the director of that office in handling day-to-day routines. This includes monitoring student advisement, handling student petitions and grade appeals.
  • Assist the Student Services director with the Freshmen and Transfer Orientation programs.
  • Provide oversight for the curriculum, including service as an ex-officio member of the college’s Curriculum Committee, guiding curriculum course and program actions from the departmental level through the CVPA Curriculum Committee to the CVPA Faculty Assembly.
  • Participate in and help to implement strategic planning for the College.
  • Coordinate academic policy development, oversight, and review.
  • Assist CVPA programs with academic quality and learning assessment measures to ensure compliance with university, Arts accreditation, and SACSCOC requirements.
  • Participate in selected personnel processes such as the CVPA Mentor/Protégé Program and sessions designed to assist full-time faculty in preparation for the pre-tenure, tenure, promotion and post-tenure review processes.
  • Assist individual faculty in preparing for pre-tenure, tenure, and promotion.
  • Coordination of orientation for adjunct faculty and the review of adjunct faculty performance.
  • Organize informational sessions on professional development topics of interest to all faculty.
  • Serve as the college’s ombudsperson for student concerns.
  • Develop and coordinate special projects as requested by the Dean.
  • Analyze data and develop reports as requested by the Dean.
  • Establish and maintain effective professional relationships with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Work with department chairs to ensure accurate and timely grade reporting (interim and final). 
  • Serve as college liaison to the College of Education and its professional education programs in the visual and performing arts (music, fine arts, dance, and theatre).
  • Represent CVPA on a variety of college and university-level committees.
  • Conduct CVPA elections at faculty assemblies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean.

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the academic home to approximately 600 undergraduate students majoring in dance, design, fine arts, music and theatre, and approximately 50 graduate students in six graduate programs and one post-baccalaureate certificate program. The College currently has 59 full-time faculty and 50 part-time lecturers, practicing professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Winthrop’s academic programs are nationally accredited by NASAD, NAST, NASD, NASM and CIDA. In addition, Winthrop’s arts education programs (art, music, theatre, and dance) are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

About Winthrop University

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its colleges of Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for Winthrop’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.



Preferred qualifications for the position include:

  • Terminal degree in a discipline within the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  • 3-5 years of progressive academic leadership and administrative experience at or above the level of department chair or equivalent, such as management of academic personnel processes, policies, and procedures, programs for faculty recruitment, retention, and development, and strategic planning.
  • 5-7 years teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively with faculty, students, administrators, staff, and external constituencies.
  • Experience in curricula development.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Superior analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with and knowledge of assessment.
  • Experience with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), or National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).
  • Experience with the standards of The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
  • Effective supervisory skills.


Application Instructions

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Application review will begin on November 1, 2017.  Applications received after this start of review may be considered if an acceptable candidate is not identified.

Complete applications should be submitted electronically and should include:

  • a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position,
  • a current curriculum vitae, and
  • the names, email and phone numbers of five references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications.

References will not be contacted without the candidate’s approval/consent. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Letters of nomination should be submitted electronically to: