Dean, College of the Arts

Fullerton, Orange County
May 19, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs

California State University Fullerton

Dean, College of the Arts


California State University Fullerton invites applications and nominations for the Dean of the College of the Arts (COTA). Composed of three departments – Music, Theatre & Dance, and Visual Arts – the College of the Arts has 70 full-time faculty and 90 part-time faculty and a dedicated staff who serve more than 2,500 students. COTA supports a rich mix of programs, as well as hundreds of public performances and public events each year in the community by providing a student-centered, intimate learning environment that encourages individual achievement across the visual and performing arts spectrum. Beyond the classroom, COTA offers its students numerous opportunities for experiential learning, including close relationships with DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, Disney, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, Paramount Studios, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.


As the leader of COTA, the Dean plays a significant role on the senior administrative team of the University, including serving on the University President’s Advisory Board; providing vision and leadership for the College; respecting the varying priorities and needs of its departments; advocating for diversity within the COTA community; and enhancing the collaborative environment that already exists in the College.


Qualifications for the next Dean include: an appropriate terminal degree, and record of scholarly and creative activity, in a discipline represented in the College; the strong communications skills necessary to effectively enhance collaboration with the external community and industry in the region; a student-centered focus; the proven ability to recruit and retain high-quality and diverse faculty; knowledge of best practices in arts management; an understanding of the challenges of leading a complex arts college; demonstrated success in external resource development, including the ability to execute a fundraising plan; and an inspirational, inclusive, and transparent leadership style.


The review of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, materials should be received by July 1, 2014. Prior to submitting application materials, please thoroughly review the position profile, located here.


California State University, Fullerton is being assisted with this search by R. H. Perry & Associates. All communications may be directed in confidence to: Mr. Matthew Kilcoyne, Senior Consultant (202) 253-9846 or Dr. Toni A. Murdock, Senior Consultant (206) 795-7252 or


California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of cultural diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.


Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self disclose.


Located on a beautiful, 236-acre campus 25 miles east of Los Angeles, CSUF is home to approximately 37,000 students and 1,800 faculty members and offers 109 degree programs in eight colleges. One of 23 campuses in the CSU system, CSUF is fourth in the nation in bachelor's degrees awarded to minority students and first in California in bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.