Founded in 1873, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) has a unique legacy of leadership as the only freestanding, public college of art and design in the United States, and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree.
The school was founded to prepare artists, designers, and educators for what we would today call the creative and innovation economies. Since those early days, the College has been committed to offering an excellent and fully accessible education to anyone with talent and the will to succeed. With a legacy and an enduring commitment to excellence in teaching, MassArt today is energized by a dedicated faculty of professionals and artists whose work is widely recognized with exhibitions, awards, speaking invitations, and press coverage. And today, true to its history, MassArt continues to foster and educate new generations of artists, designers, and visionaries dedicated to making a difference in their communities and around the world.
Located in the heart of Boston’s cultural district along the Avenue of the Arts - also home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - MassArt is a leader in the cultural life and creative economy of the Greater Boston region, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and beyond. The Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt, the largest free contemporary art space in New England, are themselves a cultural destination, presenting professionally curated exhibitions that enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all.
STUDENT BODY, STUDENT SUCCESS
MassArt enrolls nearly 2,000 students in a comprehensive range of 18 undergraduate and nine graduate academic disciplines, as well as youth and continuing education programs, all taught by world-class faculty. In Fall 2017, the College welcomed the largest incoming class in its history, with 541 students from 30 states/territories and 39 countries. A full 30% of those undergraduate students self-identify as ALANA (African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American). Achieved through an enrollment management strategy that included offering the Common Application for the first time, and optional standardized test (SAT and ACT) scores, the incoming class average GPA held steady at 3.45. MassArt’s freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of 88% and the six-year graduation rate of 72% are among the highest for both public, four-year institutions in Massachusetts and our AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) peer art colleges.
With equity, social justice, and community engagement at the heart of the MassArt mission, the College offers a range of public programs that serve more than 10,000 Greater Boston residents each year.
Programming includes innovative gallery exhibitions, lectures, and events; youth art programs for hundreds of Boston Public Schools and Greater Boston students, ages elementary through high school; community arts partnerships and civic engagement initiatives; and professional development opportunities for educators, artists, designers, and the general public. In recognition of its key role in this work, the MassArt Center for Art and Community Partnerships received a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2015.
ALUMNI OF NOTE
As a national leader in visual art and design education, the College influences contemporary culture through the creative accomplishments of all its community members, particularly its alumni. Among the College's most accomplished alumni are Pace Galleries founder Arne Glimcher, branding expert Brian Collins, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, 2016 Project Runway winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and photographer William Wegman. Other MassArt alumni are committed change agents driven by independence and entrepreneurship, who are using their MassArt education in unexpected ways: Sabrina D’Orsainvil, a civic designer with the City of Boston; Jonathan Friedman, founder of Freight Farms, providing sustainable agriculture solutions; and Toni Elka, founder of Future Chefs, offering culinary training and career paths for inner-city youth.
THE ROLE: Reporting to the President, the Provost and Senior Vice President (“Provost”) collaborates with the following offices:
Admissions, Financial Aid, Professional and Continuing Education, Center for Art and Community Partnerships, and Grad Programs;
Student Affairs to cultivate a student-centered environment, including interaction with students and families;
Administration and Finance regarding budget process and oversight, facilities, and human resources; and
Institutional Advancement and the MassArt
As the chief academic officer of MassArt, the Provost leads and ensures the excellence of academic programs and is responsible for the integrity of the academic mission, the curriculum, and the entire learning experience for each student. The Provost works closely with faculty and is responsible for administering the faculty and staff collective bargaining agreement. The following positions report directly to the Provost:
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Associate Dean of Academic Administration
Director of Academic Operations
Executive Director of Center for Art and Community Partnerships
Dean of Professional and Continuing Education
Dean of Graduate Programs
Associate Dean of the Academic Resource Center
Director of Curatorial Programs
Director of International Education Center (dual report)
PRIORITIES: The next Provost will have considerable influence and a broad portfolio of responsibilities. In support of the MassArt mission, the Provost will command a leadership role overseeing and steering the academic mission while focusing special attention on the following important opportunities and challenges:
Promote social equity and justice, diversity, and inclusive excellence, including taking steps to address issues related to structural bias, racism, and injustice;
Communicate clear academic vision that fosters the educational mission of the College;
Cultivate a sense of community and shared vision, eliminate siloes and unify the MassArt community toward clear and common objectives; and
Create connections between administration and Academic Affairs to facilitate communications between all
ENHANCE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Partner with faculty to assure the high quality of the curriculum, consider curricular development, strengthen the core academic mission, improve existing programs, and explore opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration;
Recruit, retain, and develop the faculty to continue the excellence in teaching, research, and creativity for which MassArt is known; and
Foster the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of exceptional students from diverse backgrounds.
OPTIMIZE RESOURCE ALLOCATION
Contribute to the final stages of the strategic planning process to help shape the future of
MassArt’s academic programs, community engagement, and exhibitions;
With the President and other senior leaders, advocate for the College, establishing strong relationships with members of the MassArt Board, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the state university and community college systems, and leaders in local and state government;
With the President and Vice President for Advancement, cultivate donors to support academic programs and scholarships; and
Collaborate with administrators and consult with faculty to allocate resources thoughtfully and sustain a system for budget accountability and transparency.
Strong candidates for the Provost position would demonstrate excellence in the following ways:
Experience leading a complex organization by building consensus, thinking strategically, focusing on priorities, translating vision into action, and making difficult decisions with wisdom;
Proven commitment to diversity, inclusive excellence, and social justice, including a demonstrable ability to navigate cultural change;
Experience developing leaders and building a high-functioning organization;
Reputation for treating faculty, staff, and students in a fair and equitable manner; and
Planning skills, including the ability to inspire conversation around goals and to guide faculty through
INNOVATIVE ARTIST AND EDUCATOR
Proven advocate for public higher education, including an appreciation of MassArt’s mission;
Passion for art, design, and education, ideally as a practitioner with classroom experience;
Demonstrated conviction of the transformative power of the arts to improve society;
Record of building imaginative, innovative, and interdisciplinary programs that prepare students for their future careers;
Fostering innovation, creativity, and growth, while maintaining academic excellence;
Ability to work across fine arts and design disciplines and across both undergraduate and graduate programs;
Holding a terminal degree in an art or design field; and
Understanding of tactile learning and commitment to lifelong
High emotional intelligence, strong listening skills, and talent for building consensus;
Reputation for operating with transparency and accountability;
Facilitator of constant feedback loop between faculty and administrators;
Accessible and approachable demeanor that facilitates shared governance; and
Ability to effectively articulate the distinctiveness of MassArt’s academic and artistic
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