Dean of Graduate Studies
Institution: Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Category: Executive - Dean - Education
Posted: 06/05/2019
Application Due: 00/00/0000
Type: Fulltime

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Dean of Graduate Studies

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Non Unit Professional

Hiring Range

Commensurate with experience


Graduate Programs

Job Description / Statement of Duties

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) seeks an enterprising, creative, and collaborative higher education administrator for Dean of Graduate Studies. This is an exciting opportunity to continue the development of outstanding graduate programs for a highly respected, long-standing art and design school. MassArt has a 145-year legacy of leadership as the nation’s first and only free-standing public college of art and design, as well as the first art school in the United States to grant a degree. For over 40 years, the College has offered quality graduate programs and expanding programs is integral to the next phase of MassArt’s development.The next Dean will have the opportunity to evolve and shape an important and integral area for the future of this institution, working closely with a committed faculty and administration. As a key member of the Provost’s team, the Dean of Graduate Studies will provide institution-wide leadership for all aspects of graduate studies and will advocate for all issues of graduate programming and planning.

Located in Boston’s district of arts and culture along Huntington, the Avenue of the Arts, MassArt enrolls nearly 2,000 students (approximately 1,800 undergraduates, 130 graduate students, and the remainder in certificate or continuing education programs) and offers a comprehensive range of degrees in 22 disciplines, as well as continuing education and youth programs. MassArt’s undergraduate enrollment has grown by 50 percent in the last decade. Students choose MassArt for its academic excellence, resources and facilities, dynamic urban campus, affordable tuition, and close connections with renowned faculty. The College excels in the education of professional artists, designers, and art educators and contributes to the cultural and intellectual life and creative economy of the Greater Boston region, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and beyond.

A search committee of MassArt administrators, faculty, and students has been formed to conduct the search and make recommendations to the Provost. All applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed in confidence as indicated at the end of this document.


Lead the development and implementation of new program offerings, building on the new strategic plan to realize MassArt’s mission and values.

Grow enrollment in graduate programs partnering with the Office of Admissions and the Strategic Enrollment Management Group while ensuring that the graduate student body is diverse and highly qualified.

Review and assess the effectiveness and academic integrity of current graduate programs and help craft a 5-year plan for the OGS.

Lead the program review process to maintain the highest standards of excellence.

Work with faculty to develop, implement, and enforce academic policies governing graduate studies by serving as chair of the Graduate Education Council.

Promote efforts to enhancing diversity in graduate programs through the people and content, and ensure that affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions.

Required Minimum Qualifications

A terminal degree.

Administrative leadership experience in higher education including financial and budget management.

Evidence of building inclusive communities.

Experience with assessment practices and program evaluations.

Experience in the development of new degree programs.

Other Considerations

Fundraising experience.

Open communication style, ability to listen well, and learn from others.

Administrative leadership in multiple disciplines.

Professional accomplishment in a design or arts discipline.

Understanding and appreciation of excellence in the disciplines represented in the graduate programs at MassArt.

Teaching experience at the graduate level.

Excellent communication skills.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Serious consideration will be given to applications received by 02/15/2019 with an expected start date of 07/01/2019.

MassArt has engaged Isaacson Miller to manage this search.

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.​

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