Cal Arts is seeking a new Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
Position Category: Academic
Position Title: Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
School/Department: Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
Reports To: Provost
Time: Full Time
Term of Employment:
Position Starts: 07/01/2017
Information & Responsibilities
Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
Position Open until Filled
Priority Consideration given to applications submitted by January 3, 2017
In recent years Los Angeles has become one of the foremost global centers of dance and dance education. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks applicants and nominations for the position of Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance who welcome the opportunity to engage this dynamic environment. The successful candidate will demonstrate the vision and resourcefulness to ensure that CalArts continues to play a leadership role within the world of dance at large. They will inspire faculty and students to interrogate and shape new forms and ideas in dance and choreography in the Los Angeles region and beyond. In turn they will be inspired by the provocative creative environment of CalArts, where dance is contextualized by both the performing arts and visual arts/film.
The new Dean will combine a distinguished artistic record with the demonstrated leadership and administrative skills needed to mobilize an internationally renowned faculty in guiding the artistic, technical and professional development, critical thinking skills, production and media skills and sustainable career planning for a diverse population of students at the BFA and MFA levels. CalArts welcomes candidates with an inclusive and transparent management style who are able to work within the school to activate and support adventuresome experiments in pedagogy and practice. Candidates who are able to work across the schools at CalArts to forge new and energizing partnerships to further collaborative dialogue with other artists and art forms are especially encouraged.
The Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance is responsible for the development and administration of artistic and academic programs within the school. Working closely with the President and the Provost, the Dean will plan, organize and direct the operations of the school, including serving as the school’s representative on Deans Council, designing curriculum in accordance with accreditation standards, collaborating in the development of programming at the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT) as well as all in-house dance productions, managing and balancing the School’s annual budget, leading strategic planning for the school’s future, and guiding and facilitating the work of the school’s faculty, staff and students. The Dean is an engaged teacher and models creative approaches to problem-solving. The Dean works with the President, Provost and Advancement Office to support fundraising goals for the School and to effectively represent the school at external events. Just as importantly, the Dean works collaboratively with Enrollment Management, Admissions and Marketing to define the unique identity of the school and program and ensure that we annually meet enrollment goals.
The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance has a demonstrated record of achievement in forging international collaborations, formulating new combinations of dance and media, and incubating residencies and partnerships. We look forward to working with the new Dean to further these initiatives.
How to Apply
Please send cover letter, CV, three letters of
recommendation, to: email@example.com, with the subject, Dean of Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
Priority given to applications received by January 3, 2017. Open until position is filled.
Equity & Diversity
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ academic leaders who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions.
CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.