Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts - George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia

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George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030

United States


Detailed Job Description

George Mason University 
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

The George Mason University, College of Visual and Performing Arts is a community of artists actively engaged in the learning, teaching, practice and creation of a wide variety of art forms. 

Here, you will find visual artists, dancers, actors, musicians, composers, animators, playwrights, filmmakers, arts managers, and scholars working in proximity to and collaboration with each other. You will find professional artist-teachers and passionate students perfecting their craft and creating new art on the campuses of one of the nation’s most diverse universities. The college currently serves more than 8,000 students including more than 1,400 majors pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees from B.A. to Ph.D. The annual budget of the college approaches $30 million including state funds; student tuition, fees, and fee for service revenue; and funds from sponsored programs and private fundraising. The college has 70 full-time and 95 part-time faculty members, as well as 83 administrative and support staff. More information about the college may be found at

Reporting to the Provost/Executive Vice President and the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts oversees academic, professional and community programs on three of Mason’s campuses as well as international activities of the college. Academic units include the schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater; programs in Arts Management, Computer Game Design, Film and Video Studies; and the community arts programs of the Potomac Arts Academy. The Dean oversees the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax campus and the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William campus. The Dean also oversees the Confucius Institute. In addition, the Dean engages with various support groups including the Arts at Mason Partnership Board; will serve as an external leader and advocate for the college by creating successful educational partnerships within the university and with external organizations and collaborators; and will strengthen relations with donors, sponsors, alumni, and the community at large. 

The Candidate: 
The College of Visual and Performing Arts seeks inspiring leadership to capitalize on the exciting creative climate provided by an exceptional faculty, graduate and undergraduate student body, all interactively working in state-of-the-art facilities. The incumbent will have a deep and demonstrated understanding of the history and traditions of various art disciplines, as well as broad knowledge and keen insights on contemporary arts and the education of artists and citizens for cultural and societal leadership. As the leading representative of the arts at Mason, the Dean will shape and advance a compelling vision for the future of the visual and performing arts fields and the evolving role of these disciplines within changing local and global contexts. 

The successful candidate: must be a seasoned, confident leader, capable of navigating academic and administrative responsibilities in higher education; must have proven success in fundraising at the university-level or equivalent; must have an understanding of the academic landscape and the special value of artistic and university traditions; must have recognition of the changes occurring in modes of scholarship and teaching; must be able to engage and extend communication with the diverse Washington, D.C., arts and cultural communities to influence constructive change for the college; and should be a seasoned administrator with an MFA, Ph.D., DMA, or terminal degree in the arts or a related field, or have an equivalent combination of experience and education. 

Due to the pace of this process, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Nominations, including self-nominations, and further inquiries may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Tom Prohaska, Dean for the College of Health and Human Services, care of Nomination letters should refer to the proposed candidate’s specific qualifications based on the requirements and duties outlined above, and should be sent via e-mail. Nominations and applications will be reviewed as received. To view the full position advertisement and to apply for position number FA482z, visit AA/EOE 

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Keyword Phrases

  • Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Fine Arts / Applied Arts Deans
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Other
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume