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University of the Arts seeks two Deans

Dean, School of Art

Dean, School of Film

The University of the Arts is accepting applications and nominations for two crucial dean roles—Dean, School of Art and Dean, School of Film. Deans serve as the chief academic, creative and administrative officer of their respective schools, and join the council of deans comprised of the heads of the university’s six schools in art, dance, design, film, music and theater; the division of graduate and professional studies; and the director of Critical Studies, the university’s general education unit. This interdisciplinary context for the study and advancement of creativity is a critical part of the fabric of UArts and the success of our students. Located in the heart of Philadelphia – a thriving and proudly independent arts community, the University is inclusive of diverse ideas, perspectives and people.

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years. After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation and now offers 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery.

With an enrollment of nearly 200, the School of Art currently comprises undergraduate study in Fine Arts; Photography; Craft + Material Studies; and Creative Writing. Related graduate programs include a Master of Arts in Teaching in Visual Arts (a five year, BFA + MAT track and standalone MAT program) and an MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking. The 60 plus faculty and staff of the School of Art comprise working artists from Philadelphia and the region, committed to preparing tomorrow’s artists to lead creative lives. For a more detailed description of the position, please see: School of Art Position Profile

The School of Film, enrolling approximately 250 students, currently comprises undergraduate BFA study in Animation (2D, 3D and stop-motion/experimental), Game Art, Film (narrative, documentary, experimental), Film and Animation (a hybrid major that allows students to explore both disciplines), Film Design (focused on the creative areas of art direction, and production, costume, set, lighting and sound design), and Screenwriting. For more information on the role: School of Film Position Profile

We particularly encourage applications from those who identify as members of groups which have been historically underrepresented within higher education institutions.

Please send all nominations, inquiries, and applications, in confidence, to:

Susan VanGilder, Managing Director

Holly Jackson, Managing Associate

Storbeck Search



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