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Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts

Position overview

Position title: Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: 2021-22 or later

Application Window

Open date: July 2nd, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Oct 22, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

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Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts oversees all aspects of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of HFA, with responsibility for the academic and outreach leadership and the management of its $73 million operating budget. Reporting directly to the Dean are two Associate Deans, one Associate Dean/Faculty Equity Advisor, 26 department chairs and program directors, 6 research units, center and facility directors, and a staff of three.

In addition to general oversight of all operational matters related to the Division, the Dean is responsible for the recruitment, retention, support, and reviews of HFA faculty, as well as for fundraising efforts in conjunction with divisional and university-level development staff. The Dean works closely with the deans of the other divisions located in the College: the Division of Social Sciences, the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences, as well as the Dean of Undergraduate Education, all of whom serve on the L&S Council of Deans. The Dean also collaborates closely with other leaders at UCSB and in the UC system, including but not limited to the Dean of the Graduate Division, the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Chancellor.

The Dean is responsible for cultivating new and existing partnerships and programs with other academic research institutions, including other UC campuses, and for representing HFA when working with local, state, and national private and governmental organizations.

The Division is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

Given the expectations of the position and to ensure the continued success and forward momentum of HFA, the Dean will be expected to address several key opportunities and challenges, as detailed below:

  • Develop, articulate, and implement a bold and forward-looking vision for the Division
  • Ensure sustained teaching and scholarly excellence across all disciplines, departments, and programs across HFA
  • Foster an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community
  • Build, support, and strengthen the Division’s world class faculty
  • Expand and allocate resources in support of the Division’s mission
  • Advocate and strengthen partnerships on behalf of HFA across campus and beyond

Instructions to Apply

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications consisting of a CV, a cover letter, and a separate diversity statement that describes past activities that promote diversity and inclusion and plans for future contributions, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    At the time of application, applicants must hold a Ph.D. or the highest equivalent terminal degree in a relevant field
    At least 5 years of demonstrated progressive leadership in developing and leading humanities and fine arts education at a research university or the equivalent.

Preferred qualifications

    The University will search nationally for the most qualified candidates for this role. While no one person will embody them all, the successful candidate will have many of the following professional qualifications,
    skills, experience, and personal qualities:

    ● A strong record of distinguished scholarly and professional accomplishment that qualifies for appointment as a tenured professor in an appropriate UCSB academic department;
    ● Demonstrated commitment to programs that increase diversity, equity, and inclusion;
    ● An experienced, deliberative, and energetic academic administrator with a track record of success in a complex research institution and an astute understanding of university finances and the relationships between academic priorities, budgeting, and fundraising;
    ● Demonstrated success in external relations and fundraising;
    ● An interdisciplinary thinker, committed to building innovative institutional frameworks that will leverage and facilitate collaborative activities across disciplinary boundaries;
    ● Working knowledge of grants and a track record in seeking extramural funds;
    ● A proven, demonstrated commitment to shared governance; the capacity to listen thoughtfully, consult broadly with others, build consensus, and develop an overarching vision and strategy for the Division;
    ● Demonstrated ability to understand and react to current complexities, including the political, financial, technological, and global challenges that public universities face today;
    ● Ability to work productively with Labor Relations and represented bargaining units;
    ● Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, and public speaking skills.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA