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Job Summary.

The University of Southern Mississippi seeks a visionary leader and accomplished artist and/or scholar to serve as the twelve-month, full-time Director of the School of Performing and Visual Arts beginning July 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. The director will administer a school that encompasses the disciplines of visual art, theatre, and dance. With five staff and twenty-six full-time faculty members, the School offers five undergraduate (Art BA, Art BFA, Theatre BA, Theatre BFA, and Dance BFA) and one graduate degree (Theatre MFA) to more than 300 students. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. One of only 39 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art & design, dance, and music, USM maintains a proud tradition of commitment to the arts and an active schedule of events, including the multi-week Revelry arts festival.

Special Instructions to Applicants.

Submit a letter of application addressing the position duties and responsibilities, a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of leadership and administrative philosophy, evidence of recent creative or scholarly activities (e.g., a portfolio of creative work, sample publications, or links to online galleries or media) and contact information for at least three references to

Duties and Responsibilities.

The Director will foster an inclusive, collegial, and aspirational environment to recruit, engage, and retain faculty, staff, and students of distinction; prioritize efforts to seek internal and external funding and to engage in development activities through work with arts organizations; demonstrate a strong commitment to shared governance and transparency; work collaboratively with faculty and staff to articulate a vision for the School and to strengthen academic programs and cross-disciplinary initiatives; oversee program assessment and School accreditation; be available to faculty, staff, and students most hours of the standard business week; teach courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise that meet School curricular needs; manage budgets and allocate resources; foster positive community and alumni relationships; and provide visionary leadership and effective management.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications.

Minimum qualifications include an earned terminal degree in one of the disciplines represented in the School (visual arts, theatre, or dance); a record of peer-reviewed scholarship and/or creative activity commensurate with appointment as an associate or full professor at The University of Southern Mississippi; evidence of the ability to inspire and work productively with faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds and interests; a commitment to shared governance and transparency; the ability to communicate effectively with the community and other constituents; and an established record as a successful administrator at an accredited four-year university. Preferred candidates will demonstrate the ability to promote the work of the School among internal and external stakeholders, secure internal and external funding, prepare budgets and allocate resources across programs, guide accreditation and assessment plans, and develop effective strategies for the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students.


Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi opened its doors as a small teachers’ college. Today, the University has grown into a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven institution with a proud history and an eye on the future.USM1

With a diverse student body of approximately 14,500 students representing 72 countries and every corner of Mississippi, we celebrate diversity in every sense of the word.

Not only is Southern Miss a haven for the arts, but the University maintains a tradition of success in both academics and athletics. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and Online at Southern Miss.

Hattiesburg Campus

This diverse campus spans 300 acres in the heart of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. More than 180 buildings dot a landscape that has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly environment for students, employees and visitors. This campus is home to the sixth-oldest acceptance-based Honors College in the nation, a vibrant arts community that produces hundreds of events each year, and internationally-recognized researchers whose expertise ranges from polymer science and engineering to sports safety and security.

USM 3Gulf Park Campus

Through its 52-acre beachfront campus in Long Beach, Mississippi, the University serves as the only four-year public institution located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 50 distinct academic fields. The Gulf Park campus is also home to the state’s only bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering and the only film studies pathway offered at a public institution in the state.

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