The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a leading private college of art and design, invites applications for a full-time Dean of Undergraduate Studies to join a team of academic administrators, which includes a Dean of Faculty, Graduate Dean, Associate Undergraduate Dean, Associate Graduate Dean, and Provost. The position of Dean requires an earned terminal degree, relevant administrative experience, and a distinguished academic or artistic record commensurate with a tenured appointment as a Professor of a department in the School.
Reporting directly to the Dean of Faculty, the Undergraduate Dean works with colleagues to develop, articulate, and implement, a compelling vision for undergraduate education at a leading school of art and design situated in a dynamic urban environment. The Dean must possess a comprehensive understanding of the state of contemporary art and design education and the role of the liberal arts in relation to these, a commitment to shared governance, and the capacity to provide strong academic leadership.
The Dean of Undergraduate Studies is a senior academic leader at the School who represents the undergraduate division to both internal and external audiences. In addition to setting the academic vision for undergraduate education, the Dean oversees the practical operation of both studio and academic programs, including the implementation of the undergraduate Academic Spine curriculum.
Primary responsibilities fall within three main areas:
Oversight of undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing, Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Art Education, Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies, and Bachelor of Arts in Art History), curriculum, policies, procedures, exhibitions, and awards. This oversight includes leadership in the development of new initiatives, degree pathways, and academic programming
Oversight of undergraduate assessment, particularly the development and management of comprehensive practices for assessing undergraduate student learning, and coordination with the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs to improve retention and time-to-degree
Institutional planning and governance through leadership of the Undergraduate Cabinet and participation in various faculty Senate committees, as well as the President’s, Dean’s, and Academic Cabinets.
In all areas of responsibility, the Dean works closely and collaboratively with colleagues from across the School, including the Associate Undergraduate Dean, Director of the Academic Spine, Graduate Dean, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Dean of Faculty, and faculty Senate leaders, as well as many others.
Education and Administrative Experience:
An earned terminal degree from an accredited college or university in art, design, architecture, or education (MFA), or in a relevant field within the arts, humanities, or education (PhD) required.
College-level teaching experience required.
Five years of increasingly responsible academic administrative and/or leadership experience (Dean, Associate Dean, Department Chair, Program Coordinator, or comparable roles) in higher education required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated success in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and/or policies.
Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, national, and ethnic backgrounds of college students, particularly those in arts or arts-adjacent courses of study.
Ability to facilitate and support faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum for a diverse and ever-changing student body.
Knowledge of the theories and best practices associated with higher education curricula and instruction, student support services, student learning, and student success.
Knowledge of college accreditation procedures, practices, and standards.
Familiarity with the development, implementation, and assessment of student learning outcomes.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and a willingness to work both collaboratively and individually as necessary to address students’ academic needs and concerns.
Excellent oral and written communication skills that successfully engage a variety of populations in individual and group contexts. Constituencies include faculty, administrators, and students, among others. The ability to prepare concise and compelling presentations to all of these audiences.
Ability to effectively manage priorities in large, complex and diverse operational units.
Ability to use independent judgment in the interpretation and application of rules, regulations.
Ability to be a fair-minded, ethical, and honest leader with a management style that emphasizes building consensus, collaborative problem-solving, and acting in a transparent manner that contributes to effective shared institutional governance.
Conditions of Employment
All offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts verifying the degree stipulated under the minimum qualifications section, employment verification, and any other pertinent documentation. Individual selected is required to pass a background check.
For fullest consideration, submit complete application materials by November 18, 2019. A complete application includes a letter of interest, CV, and titles and contact information for four professional references.
The Art Institute of Chicago, including both the school and the museum, is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. The Art Institute of Chicago does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices
REQUESTS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS
SAIC provides reasonable accommodations during the interview process for candidates with disabilities in adherence with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Should you need an accommodation to participate in an interview, please contact Human Resources at (312) 629-9420.
About The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In addition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing ...designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.