Dean, Humanities and Fine Arts
DEAN FOR THE HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS Gordon College is recruiting an accomplished individual with college faculty experience and proven leadership acumen to fill the position of Dean for the Humanities and Fine Arts. This leader must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively in the development and management of programs and personnel, have a strong track record in scholarship and a passion for teaching and mentoring, and exhibit a dedication to preparing thoughtful Christian men and women for lives of service and leadership worldwide. Under the direction of the Provost, the Dean oversees the development and management of the academic departments in the Division of the Humanities and the Division of the Fine Arts, in support of the College’s mission. In addition, the Dean will carry an approximate half time teaching load. The courses will be related to their interest and expertise. The ideal candidate will have • A doctorate, or appropriate terminal degree in a discipline within the humanities or fine arts • Evidence of ability and interest in administration with broad interests in leadership development, program development, curriculum, and faculty development • A strong record of teaching and scholarship • Excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills • Basic analytical skills that enable the effective organization of materials, synthesis of data, and fiscal management • A strong commitment to the mission of Gordon College and the ability to express a vision for the Christian liberal arts. As one of the country's top liberal arts colleges with a vibrant Christian community, Gordon is uniquely positioned to lead the conversation at the intersection of faith and cultural engagement. It is crucial that Gordon's academic deans be scholars eager to take part in that dialogue, and who exhibit broad knowledge and deep understanding. Gordon College is known for its courage and innovation in the arts. The Barrington Center for the Arts and the Phillips Music Center house the Division of Fine Arts' first-class programs in communication arts, music, theatre arts, and visual arts. Student interest in these programs is strong, and typically, about 15% of Gordon students major in the fine arts. Faculty are noted scholars, practitioners, and teachers, respected within their fields and on campus. Together, these faculty and students make the arts a vibrant part of Gordon’s community, with annual performances, exhibits, and film screenings a treasured part of the campus culture. In 2013, Gordon hosted a weeklong Celebration of the Arts, a festival that drew together leading Christian voices from across artistic disciplines for performances, discussions, and other events. As a liberal arts college, Gordon integrates the humanities into every student's academic experience (through a core curriculum), and more than 20% of Gordon students major in the four departments in the division: biblical studies and Christian ministries, English language and literature, languages and linguistics, and philosophy. The Humanities faculty are prolific, creative scholars who often cross disciplinary boundaries to produce compelling and innovative work—including, for example, a linguist who connects Homer’s epics to modern jazz music, and a philosopher who worked with a graphic designer to re-imagine the accessibility icon. As our faculty demonstrate, at Gordon, we believe the humanities illuminate not just the past, but the future as well. The review of applicants will begin on February 15 until the position is filled. Applicants need to submit a Curriculum Vita that includes the names and contact information of 3 references, an academic writing sample and a letter of application that addresses the applicant's fit with the Christian mission of Gordon College and with the specific position. Let us inspire the next generation together. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY: Please go to http://www.gordon.edu/teachatgordon. Gordon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes that diversity is necessary to our ability to achieve our goals and educational mission. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.