Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts

Dallas, Dallas County
May 29, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU) seeks inspiring leadership to capitalize on exciting current momentum as the University enters its second century. The Meadows School of the Arts at SMU has achieved prominence as one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States by offering innovatively crafted curricula and experiences that provide distinctive opportunities in all areas of its academic programs. To help students develop and refine their education, abilities, and craft, the school offers a forward-thinking arts and communication curriculum with an array of undergraduate and graduate programs in advertising, art, art history (including Ph.D.), arts entrepreneurship and arts management, public relations and communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music, and theatre. The Meadows Museum, of great importance to the Meadows School, houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain – including masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest painters: El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró, and Picasso – and includes the Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Collection. The museum also has an ongoing partnership with the Prado Museum in Madrid, the only partnership in the Prado’s history with another museum. In alignment with SMU’s overall motto, “World Changers Shaped Here,” the Meadows School of the Arts prepares students for the demands of professional careers and a changing market by teaching students entrepreneurial skills as well as expertise in their disciplines. All Meadows students are challenged to “Start a Movement”- to explore the connection between art, communication, and entrepreneurship in ways that enable them to make sustainable, transformative impact on their local communities and on global society. SMU is a nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools. The University’s 11,000 students, 42% of whom are enrolled in graduate studies, benefit from small classes (11:1 student/faculty ratio at SMU and 7:1 at Meadows), leadership opportunities, international study, and innovative programs. SMU is located in the beautiful residential Park Cities area (with additional campuses in Plano, Texas, and in Taos, New Mexico) and is only five miles north of downtown Dallas. SMU’s current endowment has a market value of $1.3 billion. In connection with its centennial celebration, the University embarked upon a $750 million campaign. The goal was exceeded in 2013, and a new $1 billion goal has been established. The next Dean of the Meadows School will have a significant role in the closing years of this successful campaign. SMU faculty, students, and staff enjoy all the intellectual, cultural, athletic, and recreational opportunities that the 9th largest city in the country provides. Dallas is part of a top-five media market, home to a growing number of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, and hosts the nation’s largest arts district in its downtown: a decided advantage for the Meadows School and its students. The cultural and intellectual partnership SMU shares with Dallas continues to flourish, and Dallas citizens form a devoted audience for the more than 400 music, dance, and theatre performances, opera productions, and art exhibitions that the Meadows School of the Arts presents each year. As strategic partners with business, political, and non-profit organizations around the world, the communication arts divisions of Meadows are at the forefront of the constantly expanding global conversation. Faculty and students in all Meadows academic areas utilize the Metroplex as an extension of the classroom, and the number of community partnerships and projects increases each year. Successful candidates must be tenurable in a Meadows School of the Arts division; be well-known scholars and/or artists in their field, and/or have significant accomplishments equivalent to academic accomplishments that lend academic credibility; have leadership experience, preferably in an academic setting; show promise or have experience in fundraising at the University level or its equivalent; have an understanding of the academic landscape and recognize the changes occurring in modes of scholarship and teaching; and be able to collaborate with the arts community of Dallas. Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by August 22, 2014. Application materials (to include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references – who will not be contacted without permission) must be electronically submitted to: Assisting the University in this search are Ann Die Hasselmo ( and Lauren Johnson ( Further information about Southern Methodist University is available at and on the Academic Search, Inc. website at SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The University welcomes a diverse candidate pool.