Pacific Northwest College of Art announces Academic Dean search

Pacific Northwest College of Art announces Academic Dean search

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Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is accepting applications for the position of Academic Dean. The Dean oversees the undergraduate and graduate programs and looks after the welfare of faculty and students. The successful candidate will bring an experienced interest in innovative pedagogies and student achievement in the areas of studio practice, critical inquiry, research, and professional practice. The Dean will advance these areas in collaboration with the faculty, department chairs, provost, and senior administration.


The candidate’s fit within PNCA’s collaborative culture is essential. The Academic Dean must possess a compelling communication style, a ready sense of humor, and a natural inclination towards openness and transparency.


PNCA’s mission is to Prepare Students for a Life of Creative Practice. The Dean will play an important role in PNCA’s growth from a regional to a national and international “college of influence” and will participate in expanding the College’s global web of professional relationships.


Responsibilities and Qualifications


The Academic Dean position includes the following responsibilities: ensure success and continuous improvement of the BFA and MFA programs by supervising and evaluating the curriculum and faculty; achieve institutional initiatives, such as curriculum development, policy implementation, and tracking student learning outcomes; participate in College planning committees; oversee faculty hiring; work with the Provost to meet accreditation requirements; supervise the BFA and MFA department chairs; plan the course schedule and faculty assignments; create initiatives to promote faculty and staff excellence.


Minimum qualifications include a terminal degree in one of the following: visual arts, design, performing arts, arts education, art history, cultural critique; three years as department chair or associate dean; demonstrated success with college-level teaching and advising; demonstrated ability to manage change within complex environments; experience with institutional evaluation/assessment; ability to contribute to institutional long-range planning; and the ability to forge productive relationships with the creative community. 


Preferred qualifications include three or more years of experience as a dean in a small school undergoing growth; demonstrated success in raising an institution’s profile; an understanding of creative entrepreneurial strategies; experience in securing student/faculty professional development opportunities; and experience working with international students.




To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, recent creative/scholarly work, names and contact information for five professional references, preferably by December 5, 2011, to:


Academic Dean Search
Office of the Provost
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson Street
Portland, OR 97209


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Preliminary interviews will be scheduled mid-December and a shortlist of candidates will be invited to visit the campus in late January/early February. The new Dean will join PNCA in early July 2012.


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About PNCA


Located on an award-winning campus in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District, PNCA is one of a handful of West Coast institutions accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Founded in 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art is an independent visual arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. PNCA strives to prepare students for sustained creative achievement throughout their lives, to strengthen their ability to interpret the conditions and events shaping the world, and to prepare them to engage that world and its cultures with understanding and integrity.


In 2007, PNCA established Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE) to support innovative advanced programs, exhibitions, symposia, outreach activities, and artists-in-residence. Through FIVE, PNCA is able to seek and secure collaborations between students, international artists, and the region’s art, design, and business communities. Since 2006, PNCA has more than doubled its undergraduate enrollment and has added five Graduate Studies programs. Enrollment is currently around 600 students; the strategic goal is to reach 1,000 students through the addition of new BFA and MFA programs. The College is expanding its facilities through the renovation of an historic 130,000 sq. ft. building a short distance from its main campus building.