The University of Kentucky (www.uky.edu), the flagship institution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state’s land-grant university, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
This is an exciting time to join the University of Kentucky (UK) as it continues its aggressive efforts to position itself among the top public research universities in the country. Founded in 1865 as a land-grant institution adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. From its early beginnings, with only 190 students and 10 professors, UK’s campus now covers more than 918 acres and is home to 30,000 students and approximately 14,500 employees.
The State’s flagship university consists of 17 academic and professional colleges where students can choose from more than 200 majors and degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The student body is diverse, representing more than 100 countries, every state in the nation and all 120 Kentucky counties. UK students compete successfully for prestigious scholarships and awards, such as the Fulbright, Astronaut, Truman, Goldwater, Marshall, Udall and Gates.
The College of Fine Arts (http://finearts.uky.edu) is comprised of four academic units: the School of Art and Visual Studies, the Department of Arts Administration, the School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance. During the 2015-16 school year 1,332 undergraduates either majored or minored in the College and 246 students enrolled in the College’s graduate programs. The Singletary Center for the Arts, the College’s performing arts facility presents national and international artists and speakers to facilitate the College’s mission of providing artistic and cultural experiences for the education and benefit of students, the University and the Commonwealth. The University of Kentucky Art Museum is Central Kentucky’s premier accredited art museum with a collection of more than 4,500 objects and year-round curated exhibitions and public programs that engage aspects of historical and contemporary art and visual culture, from the local to the global. In addition, admission to the Museum is free.
The Dean is the College’s chief executive and academic leader, reports to the Provost and serves as a member of the Deans’ Council. The successful candidate will have proven leadership and administrative abilities, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research and creative activity, a track record of fundraising, sound fiscal management and strong and effective advocacy for the arts internal and external to the university. The candidate must have the ability to think innovatively and entrepreneurially while building consensus for new initiatives and ideas. The candidate must have an appreciation for the various missions of the College’s disciplines and programs and a commitment to affirmative action and diversity in higher education. While respecting its differing professional, scholarly and creative perspectives, the successful candidate will provide a vision and nourish common goals for the College and strengthen a positive collegial environment. The successful candidate is expected to possess a terminal degree in an arts-related field, as well as a distinguished record of teaching, research, creative activity and service.
To apply, candidates should provide a resume/CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. To view the leadership profile, please visit www.wittkieffer.com. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to University of Kentucky’s consultants Lucy A. Leske, Ann Yates and Melissa Fincher at UKDeanCollegeFineArts@wittkieffer.com.
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors, the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities. Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.