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Dean of the School of Music, Art, and Theatre
North Park University in Chicago, Illinois
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Date Posted 07/10/2020
Executive-Dean-Fine And Applied Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Department: School of Music, Art, and Theatre, SMAT

Reports To: Provost

Position Summary:
North Park University seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader to serve as Dean of the School of Music, Art, and Theatre (SMAT). North Park University invites applications and nominations for this exciting opportunity to continue to raise the profile and further advance three departments within the recently formed SMAT. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of SMAT will lead strategic planning initiatives, collaborate with other university leaders, strengthen the artistic and academic goals of the School, and in collaboration with other units on campus, represent SMAT to potential donors.

About North Park University:
Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park University is located on Chicago's north side and enrolls 3,200 students from around the world. At North Park, excellence implies not only a deep tradition in the liberal arts and Christian faith, but a spirit of reaching out to serve and learn from the dynamic community around us. Rooted in the Christian faith, North Park welcomes students from all faith backgrounds and fosters an understanding of all beliefs. At North Park you'll find a dialogue that nurtures spiritual growth and exploration.

Mission: The mission of North Park University, as the University of the Evangelical Covenant Church, is to prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology.

Vision: Building on our core institutional identity-Christian, city-centered, intercultural-our vision is to create a university of uncommon character and enduring excellence, where faith, learning, and service meet.

School of Music, Art, and Theatre (SMAT):
Mission: The School of Music, Art, and Theatre (SMAT) educates students in the disciplines of music, art, and theatre. The School offers a wide range of liberal arts and professional majors, as well as minors and a certificate program, and two graduate degrees in music. SMAT students have many avenues for creative pursuits on campus that complement their academic programs of study. In addition, students have ample opportunities to partake of Chicago's rich artistic scene that include established partnerships, internships, and other endeavors with various arts organizations. Music and Art also offer programs that lead to teacher licensure. The faculty of the School of Music, Art, and Theatre is committed to maximizing the potential of each student, while educating them in a context where faith and creativity intersect.

Vision: The School of Music, Art, and Theatre seeks to sponsor exceptional programs that offer inventive curricula and diverse creative experiences that empower students to become artists who are global citizens, equipped for a variety of professions in the twenty-first century. The programs also aspire to be rich cultural resources for the University community, and for Chicago and the surrounding region.

The Chicagoland Area:
Chicago is our classroom and all Chicagoans are our teachers. Located on Foster Avenue in Chicago's North Side Albany Park and North Park neighborhoods, the University takes full advantage of the opportunities our urban environment affords. With 2.7 million residents in the city limits-and nearly 10 million people in metropolitan Chicagoland-this is the third largest city and metro in the nation, and a destination for 55 million visitors each year from all over the world. Its world-class cultural and arts community includes iconic venues such as the Art Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Goodman Theatre, and Steppenwolf Theatre (among others), and creates a vibrant location in which to educate students, and to live and work. 

Chicago is an integral part of learning, creative engagement, and service experiences for the North Park University community. NPU is committed to experiential education in our urban environment where the city offers hands-on experiences in nearly every subject and discipline. Because of NPU's Chicago location, the campus community can travel easily by public transportation to internships downtown or in other neighborhoods.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Facilitate, articulate and further strengthen the mission and vision of SMAT and the University.
  • Lead strategic planning initiatives.
  • Strengthen the artistic and academic goals of the School.
  • Encourage service on the part of faculty, staff, and students in the unit.
  • Promote the integration of the University's identity in the curriculum - and in the artistic and service activities of the School.
  • Be committed to and intentionally engaged in a vision for arts education that is informed by an in-depth understanding of national and international developments in the arts.
  • Engage in interdisciplinary collaborations to strengthen the intellectual and spiritual development of the University.
  • In collaboration with other units on campus, represent SMAT to all potential donors.
  • Oversee the following essential responsibilities:
    •  Supervise the SMAT curriculum and the creation of all curricular and non-curricular proposals.
    •  Supervise the presentation of SMAT proposals to Curriculum and Instruction Committee.
    •  Supervise the evaluation of SMAT full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and staff.
    •  Supervise the development of faculty loads.
    •  Supervise the development of contracts for part-time faculty.
    •  Manage the SMAT budget.
    •  Represent SMAT to outside constituencies.
    •  Supervise the development and management of class schedules.
    •  Oversee the character and quality of all SMAT facilities.
    •  Create search committees and supervises all SMAT searches (except for the Dean).
    •  Prepare annual reports of SMAT activities.
    •  Oversee the development of the annual SMAT performance/exhibition schedule.
    •  Advise the provost on all matters relating to SMAT.
    •  Supervise all admission activities and communicate with admissions staff on all matters relating to SMAT.
    •  Represent SMAT at Commencements.
    •  Supervise, in conjunction with Admissions and Financial Aid, the awarding of all SMAT scholarships.
    •  Consider grade appeals and authorizes the change of grades.
    •  Attend to SMAT student concerns.
    •  Supervise SMAT publicity and publications.
Essential Qualifications
  • Demonstrate a strong vision in alignment with the distinctives of the University, investment in equity, and commitment to promoting diversity in creative endeavors as evidenced by prior successful and innovative measures.
  • Be a Christian in faith and action.
  • Possess a terminal degree in Music (Ph.D, D.M., or DMA), Art (MFA or Ph.D), or Theatre (MFA or Ph.D) or in Arts Administration with significant education/training in an interdisciplinary or related field.
  • Demonstrate experience and effectiveness as a leader.
  • Advocate and equally support all three programs - music, art, and theatre.
  • Demonstrate competence as a musical, art, and/or theatre practitioner.
  • Provide evidence of effective teaching and service to academia and to the profession, as well as scholarship and/or artistic activity commensurate with appointment as Associate Professor or Professor.
  • Articulate an appropriate personal philosophy of education.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and team skills, as well as creative problem solving.
  • Possess computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Application Process
All correspondence relating to the Dean of SMAT should be directed in confidence to:

North Park University
Attn: Dr. Rebecca Ryan
Associate Professor of Music
3225 West Foster Ave., #21
Chicago, IL 60625

The full and complete application should contain the following information:
1. A cover letter outlining your experience and interest in the SMAT Dean position.
2. A complete CV outlining your career. 
3. The names of five professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers. References will not be contacted without permission.

Review of applications will begin November 30th and the position will remain open until filled. 

NOTE: Nothing in this job description restricts the supervisor's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time
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