Dean of the College of the Arts and Media

  • Confidential
  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, USA
  • Sep 22, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description

Central Michigan University (CMU) invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the College of the Arts and Media (CAM). The dean of the College of the Arts and Media is responsible for all operations of the College and provides leadership regarding graduate and undergraduate education and national caliber research and creative works both on- and off-campus. The dean reports to the executive vice president/provost and is a member of the Council of Deans, Academic Senate, and Academic Planning Council.

The dean works closely with the other academic college deans, and the senior vice provosts, as well as other administrative leaders, department chairs, and program coordinators.  The academic units that comprise the College include the Departments of Art and Design, Communication, Journalism, and Theater & Dance and the Schools of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts and Music. In addition, the College houses significant interdisciplinary programs in Integrative Public Relations; Musical Theatre; Marching Band; and Multimedia Design. Additionally, the dean and other CMU leaders are responsible for encouraging and supporting the growth and development of faculty, staff, and students to advance CMU’s culture of excellence.

The successful candidate should possess a terminal degree in any of the disciplines offered within the College, including academic achievements appropriate for appointment as a tenured full professor in a unit within the College. In addition, the dean should have:

  • Previous leadership experience as a school director, department chair, or experience in a similar administrative position.
  • Demonstrated experience in budgeting and financial planning.
  • Evidence of innovative program development.
  • Evidence of effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance.
  • A successful record of securing external funding, including both alumni fundraising and corporate and foundation support.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and support for academic technologies relevant to college operations.
  • Demonstrated interest in promoting and fostering distance and online education programs.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships at the university level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advocacy for the disciplines represented within the College.
  • An understanding of and commitment to public higher education, its faculty, and its students.
  • Experience working in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Experience with research, assessment, and accreditation.


How to Apply


Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC. is assisting Central Michigan University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For a full application package, please include a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher & Associates. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.


Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Susanne Griffin, Vice President & Managing Director



Ann Bailey, Senior Executive Search Consultant



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