Dean - College of Arts and Communication - 19345

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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a visionary leader for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Communication to serve as the Chief Academic and Administrative Officer of the College.

This will be a full-time Limited Appointment serving at the pleasure of the Chancellor. To learn more about this type of appointment please see the UW System Administrative Policy 1251: Appointment Terms & Designation of Positions and the Personnel Rules.



The Dean is responsible for the leadership, administration, and operations of the College in support of the College’s mission, which is “to cultivate and inspire creativity, expression, inquiry, integrity and diversity through embodied education in the fine performing and communicative arts and professions.” The Dean will work together with faculty, academic staff, and administrators to further inclusive excellence in regard to academic programming, co-curricular activities, marketing, faculty and academic staff appointments, and community relations. Areas of responsibility in this position include articulating a shared vision and priorities; developing a plan for reaching that vision and achieving goals; supporting student recruitment, retention and graduation; fostering a culture of creativity and innovation; ensuring academic integrity; overseeing faculty and staff selection, retention, promotion and evaluation processes; encouraging and supporting excellence in teaching, research/scholarly activity and service; promoting collegiality and collaborative relationships across Departments, Colleges and Divisions as well as externally; managing the fiscal well-being of the College; and developing relationships with alumni, donor, corporate, and community stakeholders.  This is a full-time, 12-month administrative appointment reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. 



Required Qualifications:

·    A terminal degree in a college-related discipline

·    At least three years of prior experience as a Department Chair or other equivalent administrative experience  

·    A record of progressively more responsible administrative experience that demonstrates a commitment to collaborative leadership and responsible management that fosters trust, respect and successful working relationships with students, faculty, staff and administrators

·    A distinguished record of accomplishment in the areas of teaching, research, and service that would merit appointment as a tenured faculty member in one of the Departments of the College  

·    Evidence of visionary leadership, strategic planning and execution

·    A record of transparent, strategic and effective fiscal management

·    Excellent communication, interpersonal, and conflict-resolution skills

·    Demonstrated commitment to the principles of shared governance

·    Familiarity with the values of liberal education as envisioned in the University’s mission

·    Evidence of commitment to academic excellence, student success, and cultural diversity

·    Demonstrated commitment to servant leadership, personal and professional integrity, and creating a climate of support and advocacy that ensures the success of diverse populations within the College

Preferred Qualifications:

·    Prior experience as an Assistant/Associate Dean, Dean, or other equivalent administrative experience  

·    Evidence of success in fundraising, including grants and philanthropy, public relations, working with advisory/community boards, and communications to external stakeholders

·    Familiarity with the accreditation standards associated with the Departments in the College



Specific job responsibilities for the Dean include:

·    Provide transformative vision, leadership and advocacy for the College

·    Create and implement a strategic plan that leads the College to distinction and is aligned with broader university strategic goals and priorities https://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan 

·    Promote the value of liberal education through College programs and university collaborations

·    Manage the fiscal well-being of the College, including identifying and attracting new resources for the College

·    Oversee the recruitment, appointment, review, professional development and evaluation of faculty and staff

·    Support student recruitment, retention and graduation

·    Work with the UW-Whitewater Foundation to maintain and cultivate relationships with the alumni and friends of the College in order to secure financial resources through development efforts and initiatives

·    Assure ongoing quality and continuous improvement in the College’s academic program array at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and in both traditional and online programs

·    Provide leadership to initiatives that foster and enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging

·    Participate as a member of the University Administration and work collegially and collaboratively with leadership across campus to support the priorities of the campus

·    Provide leadership to the Dean’s Advisory Board, fostering board engagement with the college both internally and externally; promote college interests and activities to the surrounding community as well as regionally, nationally and internationally

·    Other duties as assigned



The College of Arts and Communication employs 93 faculty and academic staff members and has an annual budget of 7.3 million. Students can choose from 15 majors with 24 emphases areas, including 1 fully online undergraduate program, 21 minors, 12 certificate programs, and a fully online graduate program. Faculty and staff provide students with the essential elements of a liberal education; a focused and carefully designed approach to student advising and learning; and a caring and scholarly atmosphere.

UW-Whitewater is accredited by NASM (Music), NAST (Theater), and NASAD (Art/Design). The college is home to state-of-the-art performance venues and studio facilities that serve as immersive experiential learning laboratories, including Young Auditorium, Barnett Theatre, Hicklin Studio Theatre, Light Recital Hall, the Young Auditorium Kachel Center and Dance Studio, Greenhill Center of the Arts, Crossman Art Gallery, Community Engagement Center Art Gallery, UWW-TV Studios, 97.1 WSUW-FM Radio Studios, the Royal Purple student newspaper, Motion Capture Studio, Sculpture foundry, and Media Arts and Game Development Labs.



Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater’s main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater’s campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.



The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.



Well-qualified candidates can expect a salary commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.



University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources. UW-Whitewater is not an e-verify employer, therefore STEM extensions are not options for work authorization.



For full consideration, please submit materials no later than March 15, 2023. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. As a condition of employment, persons will have to submit to a confidential background check and submit official, sealed transcripts. All information obtained will be strictly confidential. The desired start date for the position is August 1, 2023.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Hermie Snorek

Executive Assistant II





Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Cover letter of interest that indicates how the applicant's qualifications relate to the job responsibilities and qualifications
  • A complete and current curriculum vitae
  • A separate list of the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of up to five references should be submitted (the relationship to the candidate should also be included on this list)

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