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Associate Dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts

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Posting Details


Position Title Associate Dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts
Posting Number F00153
Posting date 09/20/2017
Closing date
Job Type Full Time Tenure Track
Internal Job Category Tenure Track
Position Purpose

Belmont University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts are seeking applications for a new Associate Dean position to begin August 1, 2018. The Associate Dean will serve as a member of the College of Visual and Performing Arts leadership team and report to the Dean of the College. CVPA includes the Department of Art, Department of Theatre and Dance, and the School of Music. Each area is accredited by the National Arts accrediting organizations of NASAD, NAST and NASM. Teacher certification programs in Arts disciples are accredited through CAEP.

The Associate Dean will serve as a collaborative leader in a positive, collegial environment with college department chairs, directors, staff, and academic leaders from across campus. The Associate Dean will work to develop and implement academic curricula, procedures, and processes pertaining to curriculum development and revision; accreditation reporting and planning; assessment/assurance-of-learning activities; student advising practices/academic affairs; and faculty development in the College. The chosen candidate will accomplish these tasks while demonstrating a strong commitment to the vision, values, purpose and strategic priorities of the University and the College. This 12 month, tenure-track faculty appointment will teach in the college and be granted time for administrative responsibilities. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in an Art, Theatre, or Music discipline.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Belmont University is a vibrant creative community serving undergraduate and graduate students by providing nationally recognized, accredited programs in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance. The College includes approximately 900 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students in six graduate music programs. The faculty consist of 70 full-time and 100 part-time artist/faculty who combine innovative curriculum, world-class performances, dynamic teaching, and study abroad opportunities to provide a 21st century path for student excellence, artistry, and creativity in an inclusive student-centered, Christian environment. Find out more at

Job Functions

Job Function

Enhance the current academic curriculum and lead the development of innovative new curricula and educational opportunities in the arts within the college and the liberal arts educational framework (BELL Core) of the university.

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Coordinate all assessment processes in CVPA and lead the development of meaningful, consistent assessment throughout the college.

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Plan, support, and guide college accreditation activities for all disciplines in the college (NASAD, NAST, and NASM), as well as represent CVPA in university accreditation (SACSCOC) activities.

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Provide support and solutions for student academic related issues

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Coordinate internal faculty development and training for Adjunct Faculty (Lecturers and Part-Time Faculty) within the college.

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Cultivate and sustain relationships with Chairs and Directors in the college, along with the Registrar and other academic leaders across campus.

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Work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, and students to advance the goals of the college within the mission and vision of the university.

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Teach three courses annually in a college related discipline or signature BELL Core courses.

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The above statements describe the job’s essential responsibilities and requirements. They are not an exhaustive list of the duties that may be assigned to job incumbents.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Belmont University seeks to attract and retain highly qualified faculty and staff that share the University’s values and will contribute to its mission and vision to be a leader among teaching universities bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service.

• Knowledge of current trends and innovations across the spectrum of the visual and performing arts.

• Knowledge of institutional (SACSCOC), arts (NASAD, NAST, and NASM), and arts education (CAEP) accreditation expectations and standards, programs with significant practical experience with assurance-of-learning and continuous improvement.

• General and broad knowledge of performing and visual arts curricula as demonstrated by noteworthy collegiate teaching experience in one or more of the disciplines.

Skills and Abilities
• Ability to work in a collaborative leadership model with the Dean and other college leaders.

• Ability to supervise staff and manage projects/tasks.

• Ability to guide and manage program development in collaboration with the college and, as needed, across campus.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

• Ability to interact effectively with multiple and diverse constituencies (from students and faculty to community arts and education leaders and university donors).

• Effective managerial skills characterized by fairness, adaptability, and willingness to innovate.

• Ability to foster effective professional development of faculty.

• Ability to provide innovative leadership to artist-faculty and sustain focus on vision.

• Ability to work collaboratively in course design and to teach interdisciplinary and topical courses.


• Evidence of successful academic leadership experience at the level of chair or above.

• Record of excellence in teaching and artistic or scholarly activity.

• Experience working in a fast-paced environment and the ability to respond to high-pressure situations. Ability to thrive in an environment of hard work.

• Three or more years of administrative educational experience is preferred.


Earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution in a visual or performing arts discipline related to those offered in the college.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

This position requires the individual to lift at least 50 lbs. and have a full range of motion to assist students with equipment and projects.

Typical faculty position with sedentary work. Occasionally requires standing, lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying and climbing, reaching both high and low. Frequently requires walking and balancing. Constantly requires sitting, repetitious finger and wrist movement, speaking clearly, hearing conversations, hearing (with acuity), seeing near and far with depth perception and color vision.

Belmont University is dedicated to the health and well-being of all of its students, faculty and staff. In an endeavor to provide the healthiest possible environment, Belmont is a tobacco free campus.

Additional Information

Belmont University is a student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.
Belmont’s vision is to be a leader among teaching universities, bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service.

Our mission, vision and values statements may be found at

Prepare a one-page essay of about 300-400 words that describes how your Christian faith informs and influences your personal and professional life, how it plays a role in your interest in joining Belmont University, and how it will help you contribute to Belmont University given our mission, vision, and values statements.

Attach an electronic version of your CV, cover letter, response to Belmont’s Mission, Vision, and Value, and teaching philosophy in order to complete the online application process.

Review of applications will begin October 25 and continue until the position is filled.

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check satisfactory to the University.

Belmont University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

References will only be contacted with the consent of the candidate. All materials and nominations will be handled in a confidential manner.

Letters of nomination for the position should be sent electronically to

Special instructions to applicants

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How did you first hear about this employment opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/C.V.
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Response to Mission, Vision and Values
Optional Documents
  1. List of Professional References
  2. Other Document 1