Kennesaw State University is seeking applications and nominations for the twelve-month, tenure track position of Dean of the College of the Arts.  Review of candidate materials will begin on February 8, 2013. It is anticipated that the new dean will assume office no later than July 1st, 2013.

Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive public university with an enrollment of 25,000 students, and is the third-largest university in the University System of Georgia. The University is located in Kennesaw, which is 20 minutes from Atlanta. The University is divided into eight colleges offering 50 Bachelor's degrees, 20 Master’s degree programs, and five doctoral programs. The eight colleges are: Arts; Science and Mathematics; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Humanities and Social Sciences; the University College; and the Graduate College.

The College of the Arts has four divisions: the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, the Department of Dance, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Music. It offers nationally accredited academic programs in music, music education, theatre and performance studies, visual arts, and arts education. The College has close to 60 full time faculty members and an annual budget of approximately $7,000,000.

The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies offers a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies with four concentrations: acting, performance studies, design, and musical theatre. The Department is recognized for its innovative production seasons that feature storytelling, new and classic plays, musicals, and global performances. The Department of Dance, established in 2012, is the largest collegiate dance program in the state of Georgia, and offers a Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance. Future curricular plans include the development of the first Master’s degree in Dance in the state of Georgia. The School of Art and Design offers Bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts, Art Education, Art History as well as a Master’s in Teaching Art. The School of Music, an All-Steinway designated school, offers Bachelor’s degree programs in Music Performance and Music Education, as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music degree with concentrations in Composition, Music Theory, Musicology and Ethnomusicology. The school hopes to begin a Master’s in Music degree with concentrations in Conducting, Music Education and Performance in the very near future. The Bailey Performance Center, through its services and programs, provides a place for the study, performance, and exploration of music and is the primary venue for rehearsal and public performance, as well as serving as a cultural resource for Kennesaw State University and the surrounding communities.

The next Dean of the College of the Arts will provide vibrant and creative leadership in the areas of vision, budget management, internal and external resource development, fundraising, faculty and staff recruitment, professional development, and assessment. The Dean will report to Provost Ken Harmon and serve on the Provost’s Council of Deans.

Preferred qualifications and experience include:

Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately and nominations and expressions of interest will be welcomed until an appointment is made. Applications received by January 30, 2013 will be assured of full consideration. These should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and names of five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Calls to references will occur only later in the search process and only with prior notification of candidates. All submissions should be sent electronically (MS Word format preferred) to:

For further information about the search and general information about Kennesaw State University, see or

The search is being assisted by:
Maya Ranchod Kirkhope, Senior Consultant
Academic Search, Inc. or (703) 380 9195

Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, handicap, national origin, or sexual orientation, as authorized by law. Georgia is an Open Records State. AA/EOE.



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