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[Commlist] position Dean, School of Communication and the Arts - Marist College
Sat Nov 07 13:08:52 GMT 2020
Dean, School of Communication and the Arts
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Dean, School of Communication and the Arts
Marist College seeks an innovative, collegial, and entrepreneurial dean
to lead the School of Communication and the Arts. The dean is the
school’s chief academic and administrative officer overseeing ten
undergraduate programs and two graduate degrees set among our main
campus in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York; our branch
campus in the rich cultural center of Florence, Italy; and online. The
school comprises five departments, 48 full-time faculty, 15 full-time
staff, and about 90 part-time faculty, 1,500 undergraduate students, and
115 graduate students.
As a member of both the Dean’s Council and the President’s Cabinet, the
dean fills an important leadership position at an institution with a
national reputation for teaching excellence and technology innovation.
Reporting to the vice president for academic affairs/dean of faculty,
the dean is responsible to develop and implement programs that bring
students and distinction to Marist; work closely with Admissions and
Enrollment Management; engage with alumni, advisory boards, and other
professionals to promote grants, post-graduate placements, internship
opportunities, and support for academic initiatives; and hire and
evaluate all full-time faculty in the school. The dean exercises
supervisory responsibility for the school’s personnel, planning, fiscal
management, project development, facilities, operations, assessment, and
other administrative functions.
The ideal candidate will have experience in the academic community,
although candidates with distinguished careers in communication or the
arts will be carefully considered. The candidate will be aware of
disruptive trends in higher education and will possess the vision and
skills to array our talented faculty and other resources to meet those
challenges and opportunities. Proven experience in developing support
and cultivating partnerships with internal and external constituencies
is required, as is a record of progressively increasing responsibility
and demonstrated leadership in a senior management role. Further, the
new dean will be dedicated to the assessment of student learning and
will understand of the role of the liberal arts in a comprehensive
institution. A terminal degree in a relevant field or comparable
outstanding achievement in the private sector is required.
Help implement the goals of the College’s Strategic Plan.
Exercise general administrative supervision of all areas of
responsibility, including personnel, facilities, budget, planning, and
Oversee regulations and requirements of the Middle States
Commission on Higher Education, New York State Education Department, and
accrediting bodies relevant to the school; supervise preparation of
materials/proposals to and compliance with these bodies.
Develop and implement new programs that draw students and
distinction to Marist.
Ensure the quality and relevance of all academic programs.
Engage external constituencies to enlarge network of opportunities
for internships, fellowships, graduate school placements, and job
Lead the school in effective outcomes assessment, including
oversight of documentation of faculty activities, program results, and
student learning; tracking of post-graduate placements and other
measures of progress.
Guide faculty through the steps of promotion and tenure, and
execute corresponding personnel policies. Take primary responsibility
for the quality of teaching, scholarship, and service within the school.
Complete formal annual performance evaluations for all full-time
communication and the arts faculty and staff.
Collaborate with department chairs and program directors to
document and communicate plan for the projected personnel needs to the
VPAA/Dean of Faculty; prepare the school budget and annual short- and
long-term projections of the school’s financial needs.
Approve and supervise the allocation, administration, and
monitoring of school funds.
Coordinate the search process for new faculty and/or staff within
Consult with department chairs/program directors to make decisions
regarding the reappointment of all probationary, non-tenure track, and
adjunct faculty in the school.
Facilitate the compensation plan of the College within the school.
Provide leadership in the development of advisory boards related to
the academic programs of the school. Provide guidance to board members
regarding advisement of curriculum, internships and placement, resource
generation and other potential benefits.
Oversee development of grants, contracts, and other external
funding in support the strategic priorities of the College and school.
Supervise the preparation of promotional materials, including
catalog statements and all representation of the school via electronic
Collaborate with the Admissions office and other schools and
coordinate faculty communication with prospective applicants in order to
continually recruit high-quality students.
Review overall enrollment picture for school; communicate data
pertaining to student enrollment, student performance, attrition,
grading, and academic standards regularly to department chairs and
Assist in development of articulated agreements with other colleges
and universities, including community colleges.
Review and decide upon appeals from students regarding decisions or
actions of school faculty.
Support and facilitate implementation of technology in the teaching
and learning process, as stated in the College Strategic Plan.
Foster good working relationships with Student Affairs and all
academic support services.
Teach the equivalent of one three-credit hour course per year
within an area of expertise.
Oversee the Media Center.
Perform other duties as assigned by the VPAA/Dean of Faculty.
About the Department and School
Undergraduate programs include communication, fashion design, fashion
merchandising, art history, studio art, digital media, games and
emerging media, film and television, music, conservation studies, and
interior design. Graduate programs include master’s degrees in
integrated marketing communication and museum studies.
Recent initiatives include:
New certificates at our branch campus in Florence, Italy, including
global marketing communication and global sports communication
World class study sites in Paris and Dublin
Our “Marist in Manhattan” program, featuring semester- and
year-long internships in New York City
Other signature programs include:
A top ranked fashion program
The Center for Sports Communication, offering production of
professional sports media and student interaction with leaders in the field
Collaborative projects with the Marist Institute for Public
Opinion, one of the nation’s premier independent survey research centers
An art program that offers both digital and traditional media and
an art gallery featuring international artists
An outstanding internship program, offering students placement in
top communication, fashion, marketing, advertising, and design firms
The College’s Media Center, responsible for all campus
audio/video/visual instructional technologies
Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence,
Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution
grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop
the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical,
and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.”
Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review
(Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 385 Colleges), U.S. News &
World Report (10th Best Regional University/North, 5th Most Innovative
School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and
others. The College is top-ranked for long-term study abroad (#4 in the
U.S.) by the U.S. State Department’s Open Doors report. Marist educates
more than 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult
and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate
programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. To learn
more, please visit https://www.marist.edu/about
To learn more or to apply, please visit https://www.marist.edu/careers.
Only online applications are accepted.
Marist College is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and
is especially interested in receiving applications from members of
ethnic and racial minority groups, women, individuals with disabilities,
veterans, and persons from other under-represented groups.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
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