Texas A&M University (TAMU) seeks an innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader to serve as the inaugural Dean of the School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts (SPVFA or the School). Reporting to the Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chief Academic Officer, the Dean will be charged with continuing to establish and build a vision and mission for the School of Performance, Visualization, and Fine Arts that positions it for expected growth in programming and reputation. This leader will be joining TAMU and SPVFA at a time of increased attention to growth, research, and innovation and will be able to harness the artistic and technical expertise of a talented and engaged faculty, staff, and student body.
Officially established in September 2022, SPVFA was created to be an incubator where artistic and technological research and practice meet, to create innovative lenses through which to understand and solve the world’s pressing problems. The School is meant to be a place where students will gain both the practical, real-world skills and theoretical frameworks needed to become leaders in the highly competitive arts world of the 21st century. The School was established for students who strive to imagine, create, learn, and grow. It’s for those who love to explore new ways of seeing the world and who understand the magic that can happen when beauty and technology merge.
The successful candidate will be an established artistic and academic innovator with the ability to foster groundbreaking work across disciplines. The Dean must be eager to engage, support, and develop faculty, staff, and students and ensure that they have the clarity of mission and resources necessary to do their work effectively. With a focus on clear communication, the Dean will lead by centering collaboration and embracing the different needs within each academic discipline, ensuring all are valued and promoted. At the same time, they must be able to make bold decisions to advance the profile, reputation, and reach of the School on campus, across Texas, nationally, and internationally. To ensure continued growth and sustainability, the leader of SPVFA must be a strong financial manager, with the ability to attract and inspire donors, collaborators, and partners from both the academy and industry. This is an incredible opportunity to lead a school that is poised to be a model of how arts students can be equipped for success in an increasingly interdisciplinary and technology driven future.
Applications and confidential inquiries or nominations may be submitted to Isaacson, Miller, the search firm engaged in the search, at the link here.
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