Job Posting - Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts
Job Posting - Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts

This notice is from the archives of The Notice Board. Information contained in this notice was accurate at the time of publication but may no longer be so.

Linda Embury
embury@uleth.ca
Human Resources
December 4, 2012

 
University of Lethbridge - Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts

A comprehensive university, founded on the principles of liberal education, the University of Lethbridge (U of L) emphasizes inspiring teaching, a personalized and interactive learning environment, and student engagement in learning, creative activities, and research. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, fine arts, health sciences, humanities, management, nursing, sciences and social sciences, and confers degrees at the bachelor, master's and doctoral levels. U of L also enjoys a strong relationship with FNMI peoples, and offers many programs that are relevant and accessible to them. With a vibrant main campus in Lethbridge, Alberta, and campuses in Edmonton and Calgary, the University offers courses to close to 8,500 students.

Named the 2012 Research University of the Year (undergraduate category) by Research Infosource, the U of L is a major contributor to Alberta's knowledge-based economy, and is widely recognized for its research excellence in areas as diverse as behavioural neuroscience, global population and economy, and water sustainability.


U of L's Deans report to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), and are responsible for the academic and administrative leadership of their Faculties. Ideal candidates will be proven leaders, talented administrators, excellent scholars, and individuals with a track record of working collaboratively and collegially with faculty, staff, and students. Equally important will be an aptitude for, and skill set in, reaching out to the broader community, and forming strong and productive partnerships that will help advance the Faculties.


The Faculty of Fine Arts is focused on increasing knowledge, honing conceptual skills, fostering creative expression, and developing technical skills to meet the challenges of shaping the fine arts in a global community. The Faculty of Fine Arts (with close to 80 faculty members) includes four vibrant and growing departments - Art, Music, New Media, and Theatre and Dramatic Arts. The University of Lethbridge also hosts an outstanding Art Gallery (with one of the largest collections in Canada of 19th and 20th century Canadian, American and European art).


The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University is an inclusive and equitable campus, encouraging applications from qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.


Inquiries and / or applications may be sent to Colleen Keenan at lethfinearts@odgersberndtson.ca. The search committee will begin consideration of candidates in early January 2013, with the Dean to take office in the summer of 2013.

CANDIDATE BRIEF

For the position of

Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts


For additional information, please contact:
Colleen Keenan, Partner
colleen.keenan@odgersberndtson.ca

Sarah Adams, Consultant
sarah.adams@odgersberndtson.ca


Please note: In addition to the information contained in this brief, further detail is available via the following links/websites.

About the University of Lethbridge:
http://www.uleth.ca/about

Current strategic priorities for the University:
http://www.uleth.ca/strategic-plan/


About the Faculty of Fine Arts:
http://www.uleth.ca/finearts/

About Lethbridge, Alberta:
http://www.lethbridge.ca/default.aspx
http://www.visitlethbridge.com/

The University

A comprehensive university, founded on the principles of liberal education, the University of Lethbridge (U of L) emphasizes inspiring teaching, a personalized and interactive learning environment, and student engagement in learning, creative activities and teaching. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, fine arts, health sciences, humanities, management, nursing, sciences and social sciences, and confers degrees at the bachelor, master's and doctoral levels.

Named the 2012 Research University of the Year (undergraduate category) by Research Infosource, the U of L is a major contributor to Alberta's knowledge-based economy, and is widely recognized for its research excellence in areas as diverse as behavioural neuroscience, global population and economy, and water sustainability.

Partnerships are of particular importance to the University - the U of L collaborates with other institutions to deliver seamless learning opportunities. In the interest of intellectual pursuit, partnerships are also developed with community groups in order to provide innovative programs in existing and emerging disciplines. This includes unique partnerships with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples to develop programs that are relevant and accessible to them.

The University of Lethbridge serves students on campuses in Edmonton and Calgary. The U of L strives to make university-level education available to all Albertans, including those living outside major urban centres and those who have traditionally not sought university education.

The U of L focuses on meeting the educational needs of its students by emphasizing teaching and research excellence, information literacy, interaction with professors, effective academic advising and wide variety of recreational and extracurricular opportunities. Facilities and services such as the library, the art gallery, theatres, performance space, advanced computer labs and professional sound recording studios, residences and sports and recreational facilities enrich the student experience while respecting environmental sustainability.


The Faculty of Fine Arts

The Centre for the Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts houses art, music, theatre and dramatic arts. This progressive centre provides innovative new media and teaching spaces that are tailored to students' unique talents. The Art Gallery, Recital Hall and performance theatres welcome audiences, so students are able to gain practical experience in an exciting venue.

A new Community Arts Centre will be opening in downtown Lethbridge early in 2013; it will also house the University's Conservatory of Music and will give the U of L a wonderful presence in the heart of the city.

Departments, Programs and Degrees

Art: The Department of Art offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art Studio and in Art History and Museum Studies. Taught by active, contemporary artists and scholars, the programs offer intensive instruction in art study and provide the opportunity for students to engage in critical, theoretical and historical dialogue related to material practice and art history.

Music: The Music Department is committed to the development of its students as fully rounded musicians. Students are provided with thorough training on their chosen instrument alongside carefully integrated courses in music theory, history, literature and ear training. Students also have the opportunity to participate in performing ensembles, including wind orchestra, jazz and percussion ensembles, opera workshop, and choirs. Additionally, the B.Mus in Digital Audio Arts (DAA) is the only degree program of its kind in western Canada, with a combination of academic courses and hands-on experiences in first-class studios and labs. Facilities include: Studio One, a world class recording studio; a 5.1 surround-sound Audio Research Lab; three film composition suites; and, a 36 workstation instructional computer lab.

New Media: As the world shifts from an era of rigid, centralized analog media - print, television, film and telephones - to the malleable and de-centralized processes of indie authorship and remediation, the process of artistic media production and critique continues to evolve and change in step with the rapid technological advancements. The University of Lethbridge's Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) New Media degree enables students to develop a comprehensive understanding of New Media theory, while developing advanced technological skills that will prepare them for professional production. Graduates of the program currently work at top levels of the New Media industries, while others are award-winning artists.

Theatre and Dramatic Arts: The Faculty of Fine Arts offers undergraduate education in drama and theatre, with faculty, staff and facilities that rival many graduate programs. Approximately 200 students are currently pursuing a drama degree in Performance, Technical Theatre & Design, or Theatre Studies. Drama programs are a balance between theoretical and practical experience, within the many facets of the discipline. The Department produces eight shows each year, evenly split between the mainstage season and the largely student-driven TheatreXtra season - which range from classical to contemporary and experimental. These, along with other programs within the Department, provide students with opportunities that are unrivalled within western Canada.

Priorities, Challenges, and Opportunities

The Faculty of Fine Arts is challenged with continuing to raise its profile and presence, both within the University and more widely in southern Alberta. An outward-facing, visible, community-engaged Dean will be critical in bringing Fine Arts out of the University and into the broader community. The Faculty is seeking an articulate, persuasive and passionate Dean who can convey - both within the U of L and to the wider community - the remarkable work that is being done in Fine Arts.

Within the Faculty, there is a need for strong vision and a compelling narrative into which all departments can fit. The four departments themselves are strong and vibrant, but collectively they feel they are able to achieve even more, with a clearly-articulated vision for their future. It will be a priority for the new Dean to work collaboratively with all faculty and staff to define and articulate a vision.

Working to continually differentiate the Faculty of Fine Arts, and continually enhance the quality of teaching and research, will be on ongoing focus for the Dean, as will developing strategies for faculty and student recruitment.

He/she will also be challenged by the tightening fiscal situation in Alberta, and the pressures facing universities in general. The new Dean will need to be innovative and creative in seeking new sources of funding, and new partnerships to raise the profile of the Faculty, and ensure its continued excellence.

The Role

Reporting to Vice-President Academic and Provost, the Dean is an important member of the U of L's senior leadership team, and the academic and administrative leader of the Faculty. With a collegial and collaborative approach, there is enormous opportunity for the new Dean to take the Faculty forward in exciting directions.

The Dean is responsible for building the Faculty, and for continuing to move the Fine Arts forward in terms of reputation, quality of the student experience, distinction, differentiation, and influence.

More specifically, the Dean:

Leadership

- Provides proactive, visionary leadership to the Faculty, and fosters a positive environment for students, faculty, and staff.
- Leads academic planning processes for the Faculty, initiating discussion and defining priorities through collegial decision-making processes.
- Represents and advocates for the Faculty both internally within the University, and externally; this includes actively promoting external collaborations and raising the profile of Fine Arts within southern Alberta.

Academic Leadership

- Continues the promotion of excellence, integrity, and creativity in teaching and research.
- Develops relationships with federal and provincial granting agencies, as well as other funding sources including potential new partners.
- Facilitates interdisciplinary research and graduate initiatives involving areas of expertise within and beyond the Faculty.
- Mentors academic staff in enhancing their teaching and learning capabilities, and oversees program evaluation.
- Works with faculty and staff to build strategic recruitment and retention plans for students, and promotes graduate education initiatives.

Student, Faculty, and Staff Relations

- Promotes a positive and supportive environment for students' life-long academic and experiential learning.
- Plans and prioritizes needs for the Faculty and establishes strategies to enhance its ability to compete in recruitment of high-calibre faculty and staff.
- Makes recommendations for initial appointment, serves on the Faculty committee responsible for re-appointment, tenure and promotion of faculty members, oversees professional development of staff, and works toward increasing student, faculty, and staff representation from under-represented groups.

Management and Administration

- Leads the effective management of the operating budget, ensuring appropriate academic, physical, and fiscal support.
- Oversees administrative faculty and staff, encouraging a sense of collegiality, in their administrative activities - from scheduling courses to program construction and course load management.

Relations Within and Outside the University

- Builds effective relationships, promotes and advocates for the Faculty to a broad spectrum of constituents, including other University of Lethbridge Deans and the University's senior administration.
- Leads fund-raising activities for the Faculty, and provides direction and encouragement to all members of Fine Arts to "bring the Faculty out" to the broader Lethbridge and southern Alberta community.
- Advocates externally for the Faculty of Fine Arts - with government, funding agencies, and partners - ensuring that it is differentiated amongst its competitors, and well-recognized for its unique strengths and values.

Candidate Qualifications

The University of Lethbridge is seeking an experienced, visionary leader who will enhance the Faculty's commitment to excellence and innovation in education, research, and service. While the search committee recognizes that no one individual will possess all of these qualifications in equal measure, the following are seen to be particularly important.

Essential Qualifications

- A strong record of scholarly achievement (with a terminal degree in his/her discipline), and a significant profile within the Fine Arts community.
- A strong teaching record, and a demonstrated appreciation of the role of excellent teaching.
- The ability to promote and support Fine Arts in general, and the knowledge to speak articulately and persuasively about the range of disciplines found within the Faculty.
- A strong external orientation, and the skills and desire to be an active advocate for Fine Arts in the wider community.

Experience/Skills

- Leadership experience, preferably within a university, including experience in developing and rallying teams around a compelling vision, involvement in strategic planning and implementation, and a record of successfully managing human, financial, and physical infrastructure resources.
- Experience working with industry, governments, community groups, and the public at large.
- Strong organizational and administrative skills, including the ability to effectively delegate and empower leaders within the Faculty.
- Experience seeking and securing external sources of funds, a deep commitment to advancement in all its forms (working with alumni, the local community, and other partners), and a track record of having been an effective, outward-looking advocate for a Faculty or Department.
- An appreciation for issues around faculty recruitment and retention in an increasingly competitive environment.
- A demonstrated passion for Fine Arts education, and the ability to respond to the needs of an active and diverse student population.

Interpersonal and Personal Characteristics

- The ability to be persuasive in dealing with diverse constituents, both internally and externally, and to create a sense of common purpose that transcends individual interests.
- Excellent communication, listening, and relationship-building skills - including an ability to balance collegiality and the seeking of consensus with difficult decision-making.
- A commitment to equity and diversity in hiring, student recruitment, and educational programming.

Application Information

The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University is an inclusive and equitable campus, encouraging applications from qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.
Applications and inquiries may be sent to Colleen Keenan or Sarah Adams at lethfinearts@odgersberndtson.ca

Consideration of candidates will begin in January 2013, with the new Dean taking office in the summer of 2013.

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Thank you for considering this important opportunity. This document is intended to provide the reader with information and is not a contractual document. Some of the material therefore may be subject to change. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.







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