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Visual and Performing Arts

Director, School of Arts

(Associate or Full Professor)

Director, School of Arts is a position for an innovative, visionary, and creative leader. The position offers an opportunity to serve as a full-time founding director of an interdisciplinary School of Arts which houses programs in Arts and Technology, Dance Studies, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts/Visual Culture. The Director will be a champion for students and faculty in an ethnically and culturally diverse campus and community.

Minimum requirements for the position include:  The Director will have a terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A, M.F.A., etc.) and experience with administration within a higher education or arts institution. The successful candidate should have a record as an internationally and/or nationally recognized artist, educator or scholar.  Evidence of effective skills related to personnel management and interpersonal communication is essential.

Preferred requirements for the position include:   Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated knowledge of and effectiveness in implementing and supporting intercultural competence and gender awareness with diverse ethnic groups in teaching, research and/or service.  A record demonstrating successful development and advancement of external support for academic and arts programs is highly desired. Preference will be given to candidates whose academic record qualifies them for appointment as Full Professor.

DUTIES:   Currently the Visual and Performing Arts Department is in transition to School of Arts, therefore the Director will have a key role in facilitating its vision and development in collaboration with the faculty.  Responsibilities include:
•    Effectively manage School including oversight of planning and curriculum, budget, and facilities
•    Oversee growth of current and emerging programs and curriculum
•    Work with Program Directors to oversee scheduling and faculty hires
•    Provide leadership with regard to developing internal assessment standards (Retention, Tenure, Promotion - RTP), including discipline accreditation, and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
•    Strengthen and expand liaisons with the community and alumni
•    Pursue additional sources of funding and support for the School, its faculty and its programs
•    Represent the School and engage the larger University, community, industry, and the arts community in local, national and international arenas


Applications must include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statements of leadership philosophy, teaching philosophy and research/creative activity that address the above minimum and desired/preferred qualifications.
  • Include a representative sample of your arts activity and/or reprints of representative publications.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Faculty Application

Questions should be addressed to:

Search Committee Chair, Merryl Goldberg,
Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Submit application and direct any inquiries to:

A review of application will begin on January 14, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. 

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit  for more information.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.