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Dean, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) seeks an inspiring and dynamic academic leader to serve as the next Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. This is an opportunity to join one of the nation’s leading public land-grant research institutions at a time of significant strategic investment in research, academics, facilities, and community engagement. Learn more at

As one of the few endowed colleges of the arts in the Big Ten, and the only named College at the university, the next Dean will inherit a thriving College, composed of three schools, two centers, and three affiliated units, with over 100 faculty and 36 staff who support academic and creative activities, and an undergraduate and graduate student population of nearly 1,000. The College offers academic and performance opportunities from the undergraduate through the doctoral levels and offers a range of coursework and majors that span artistic disciplines in art, art history, dance, emerging media arts, film, graphic design, music, music education, and theatre. Thanks to a groundbreaking $57 million partnership between the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, the Johnny Carson Foundation, and numerous private industry partners, the College is uniquely positioned to support cutting edge education, research, and creative activity. The scholarly and creative work of faculty, students, and alumni earns national and international recognition; more than $90M of new construction and renovated facilities are in the design process and will be underway; a diverse group of donors are committed to supporting the arts; and the faculty, staff, and student populations are energetic and engaged.

The College’s next Dean will be a passionate, bold, and creative administrator, who will bring an abiding belief in the power of the arts and liberal arts education to bear in the role. The Dean will possess an understanding of the current higher education landscape and, within that context, a vision for what arts education can and should be in the coming decades. The Dean will have the ability to work with colleagues within the College and across the university to develop programs and offerings that are exciting and relevant, and that prepare students for lives of personal and professional fulfillment and success.

The successful candidate will be committed to shared governance and faculty and staff professional development; dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence; have the ability and experience necessary to fundraise broadly; and possess the skills to generate and manage resources adeptly within the context of UNL’s incentive-based budgeting model. The Dean should have the creative and/or scholarly credentials suitable for tenure as a full professor within the College.

UNL has formed a search advisory committee consisting of faculty, staff, student, and alumni representatives to conduct this search. Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, has been retained to assist in the recruitment of the next Dean of the College.

To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be directed to the search firm electronically at by Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

Pamela Pezzoli, Ben Tobin, Brinkley Serkedakis, and Pamela Carty

Isaacson, Miller

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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