DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of
the Arts and Communication. The School includes three departments (Art, Communication Studies, and Music),
and one interdisciplinary program (Interactive Multimedia), has 36 full-time faculty, 12 full-time staff, nearly 600
undergraduate majors, and occupies three academic buildings and the College Art Gallery, which provide excellent
teaching, creative, and performance spaces and technology. A new, state-of-the-art Art and Interactive Multimedia
Building is under construction and will be completed in late 2009.
The School offers nine baccalaureate degree programs: BFA options in Digital Arts, Fine Arts, and Graphic Design;
BA options in Art Education, Art History, Communication Studies (specializations in: Corporate/Organizational
Communication, Public/Mass Communication, Health Communication, and Radio/Television), and Interactive
Multimedia (specializations in: Interactive Computing, Digital Media, and Professional Writing); and BM options in
Music Education and Music Performance. Additionally, a BA program in Music is in development. The School also
has many interdisciplinary connections with an array of other departments and programs across campus. For
further information about the School, please visit: http://www.tcnj.edu/~arts/.
TCNJ is a highly selective, residential public institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to
excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for its 5,900 undergraduate students, who benefit from a 12-
to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of only 20 students. A small number of targeted masters
programs are also offered at TCNJ, none in the School of the Arts and Communication. TCNJ is one of only five
public institutions included on Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges list of the 75 “most competitive” colleges and
universities in the United States, and of those five, TCNJ is the only primarily undergraduate institution included.
TCNJ is also currently rated in the top 10 “Best Value” public colleges in the United States, according to The
Princeton Review, is the No. 1 in the category “Universities-Masters (North): Top Schools” in U.S. News & World
Report, and is considered a “best buy” in higher education by both Barron’s and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Among its
many academic accomplishments, in 2006 TCNJ received a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
TCNJ’s campus encompasses 289 beautiful tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing, NJ, which is located between
Trenton and Princeton in the historic Delaware Valley, and is convenient to Philadelphia, New York, the Jersey
shore, and the Pocono Mountains.
The Dean will report directly to the Provost/Executive Vice President and will have curricular, budgetary,
personnel, and external relations responsibilities. Requirements for the position and personal attributes desired in
the new Dean include:
• A terminal degree, or equivalent experience, in a discipline included within the School,
• A distinguished record as an accomplished teacher-scholar that merits appointment at the rank of professor (tenure-
• A strong record of leadership and increasing administrative experience and responsibility,
• A strong record of success in creative fundraising through a range of approaches,
• Proven fiscal and managerial skills, with a leadership style that is open, consultative, and collaborative,
• Ability to communicate effectively, listen carefully, and build consensus through good will and camaraderie,
• Ability to think strategically about program development, faculty development, enrollment management, and resource
management, with an aspirational vision within the context of an entirely undergraduate arts and communication
• Commitment to promoting experiential learning and student engagement, especially through mentored undergraduate
creative and research projects,
• Commitment to teacher training,
• Commitment to promoting diversity and fostering the academic success of all students,
• Commitment to developing and promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative programs within the School, across the
College, and with external constituencies,
• Commitment to understanding and valuing collaboration with the broader artistic community, and
• A broad perspective on learning outcomes assessment and the role of professional accreditation for influencing
continuous program improvement.
Review of applications/nominations will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications will be held in confidence and should include 1) a letter of interest explaining how the applicant meets
the position criteria, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of names, email and postal addresses, and phone
numbers for three references. Electronic submission is strongly encouraged; please send to:
Search Committee – Dean of the School of Arts and Communication
Office of Academic Affairs
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718
TCNJ is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and
members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.