School/Unit: School of the Arts
Department: Qatar Campus
Purpose of Position:
The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will provide collaborative leadership to guide and administer BFA programs in Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Painting and Printmaking; a BA in Art History; and an MFA in Design Studies. The Associate Dean will support an innovative education and research community in partnership with the Senior Director of Academic Advising and Career Services, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, the Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Registration Services, and a committee of the academic chairs and directors. The Associate Dean will foster a shared contemporary vision and purpose among all academic departments; be an equitable administrator and enthusiastic advocate for VCUQatar and VCUarts; promote excellence in teaching; and oversee and encourage research and creative activity, teaching, service, and public engagement that demonstrates the richness of diversity in the learning experience and will ensure the integration of multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools. The Associate Dean will lead and support institutional collaborations and will align academic offerings and activities with VCU policies and procedures in close partnership with VCUarts. The Associate Dean will develop collaborations across Education City universities and Qatar Foundation Centers to achieve the Qatar Foundation’s mission to “create a center of excellence in education and research that will help transform Qatar into a knowledge-based society”. In addition, the Associate Dean will possess the interpersonal skills and good humor necessary to work with a large and diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of VCUQatar, and participates on university and Qatar Foundation committees. The position oversees the academic departments, admissions, and the library.
Position Responsibilities:Provides vision to the ongoing assessment and development of the University strategic plan;
Promotes excellence in teaching, creativity, research, and community engagement;
Builds an engaged academic community with shared goals among faculty and staff that provides a forum for direct interaction with students in creative/academic contexts, affording opportunities to model scholarship within the programs;
Thoughtfully mentors and evaluates department Chairs and Directors to achieve strategic objectives;
Under the direction of the Dean of VCUQ, and in collaboration with the VCUarts Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Graduate Studies, guides Chairs and Directors to effectively mentor faculty through the promotion process;
Supports curricular initiatives to create an educational community that innovates for the needs of Qatar, the Gulf Region, and the international art, design, and cultural communities;
Ensures local, regional and international engagement in professional initiatives for faculty and students;
Models flexibility and the ability to work in a team environment with the potential to develop new strategies for programming;
Leads and supports academic opportunities that enhance the student experience;
Facilitates and mediates all student academic issues within VCU policies;
Ensures excellence in university academic personnel through oversight of recruitment;
Build and support collaborative relationships with the VCUQ Dean's Office; VCUarts Dean's Office; VCU administrators; Qatar Foundation; and peer universities in Education City; travels to home campus as required by ongoing business needs and to bolster professional communication and relationships, and develop a deeper understanding of home campus culture and best practices;
Maintains parallel academic programs between VCUarts and VCUQatar, with quality and integrity through ongoing assessment and collaboration with the home campus;
In coordination with the Dean of VCUQ, VCUQ academic leadership, and VCUarts leadership, ensures successful accreditation outcomes with all accrediting organizations;
Communicates regularly with VCUarts colleagues and other constituencies of VCUQatar and travels to the home campus as required;
Monitors budgets and institutional funds focused on academic programs and supporting departments;
Creates reports for the university board, accreditation organizations, and other university reporting requirements;
Initiates partnerships with other educational institutions;
Ensures adherence to VCU policies and procedures, and develops requests for exceptions based on requirements of the context;
Participates on university and Education City committees;
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful candidates will have a PhD or terminal degree in design, visual art, or in a related or creative field, with relevant experience in an academic career. Candidates should possess a history of progressive responsibility in post-secondary teaching, undergraduate and graduate administration; experience preparing for accreditation reviews and online reporting processes (WEAVE); an academic career distinguished by a record of peer-reviewed publications, exhibitions, design projects, or comparable research accomplishments; demonstrated experience developing innovative educational initiatives; appropriate experience managing senior academic leadership; demonstrated competence creating a trusting and inclusive culture, experience recruiting, hiring, and retaining faculty and staff, and leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion among all students, faculty and staff; and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build consensus and work collaboratively with colleagues, students and the wider professional community. Academic experience with an international branch campus is highly desirable. Demonstrated experience in working in and fostering a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as part of senior administration at VCUQatar is required.
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