Rowan University — Dean, College of Performing Arts

Rowan University is a public comprehensive state-designated research institution with approximately 16,000 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, with additional campuses in Camden and Stratford. The University comprises seven colleges and five schools: the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the Colleges of Communication and Creative Arts, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science and Mathematics; the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; the School of Health Professions; and the School of Earth and Environment. Rowan is one of two public universities in the country to offer M.D. and D.O. medical degree programs. The institution is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park, which fosters the translation of applied research into commercial products and processes. Rowan has been recognized as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation and is ranked third among public institutions in the North by U.S. News & World Report.

Rowan University invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Performing Arts. A leading public institution, Rowan University combines liberal education with professional preparation from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Rowan provides a collaborative, learning-centered environment that supports highly qualified and diverse faculty, staff, and student research, scholarship, creative activity, and community service. Through intellectual, social and cultural contributions, the University enriches the lives of those in the campus community and surrounding region.

The College of Performing Arts is comprised of the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance and offers undergraduate (BA, BS, BM, and BFA) and graduate programs in Theatre and Music (MA and MM). The College serves approximately 400 majors and provides courses and experiences in the arts for all students at the university. The 43 full-time faculty and staff and approximately 60 adjuncts are leading artists, academics and performers who produce a diverse schedule of performances and exhibitions for the campus and wider Delaware Valley region. Located in Glassboro, New Jersey, the College is ideally situated in the crescent extending from New York City (2 hours) through Philadelphia (half an hour) to Washington, D.C. (2.5 hours). Further information is available at

As the College’s chief academic and administrative officer, the Dean reports directly to the University Provost. The position requires an innovative, dynamic, and imaginative leader strongly committed to the teaching/learning process, the highest standards of scholarly and artistic achievement, and the welfare of students, faculty, and staff. The future dean must have a demonstrated commitment to the centrality of the arts in the campus mission and the ability to integrate the arts with areas such as business, education, engineering, bio-medical sciences and communication in union with the University’s institutional interdisciplinary commitment.

The Dean sets the vision and establishes new opportunities for the College within the University’s strategic plan and directs the growth and development of the College through shared governance. The Dean will be responsible for managing rapid growth in enrollment, cultivating innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, and advancing strategic priorities aligned to the University’s vision and mission. The Dean will lead the ongoing development of the vision and goals of the College, work with leaders, colleagues across the University, and community members to pursue these goals, and effectively communicate the College’s vision and goals to internal and external constituents. Responsibilities include oversight, enhancement, and development of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, fundraising, budget management, allocation of resources, alumni relations, and local, state, national, and international outreach.

Preferred qualifications for the position include:

  • Earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in one of the College’s disciplines or a related field.
  • Outstanding record of teaching, scholarship or creative activity, and service appropriate to appointment to the rank of tenured full professor in one of the departments of the College.
  • Successful fundraising experience with a genuine desire to increase community support for arts and the College’s academic programs.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in academic administration, including budget and personnel management, and evidence of an ability to effectively advocate for the college on the Rowan campus, and the regional, state, national and international communities.
  • A student-centered approach to instruction and mentoring that encourages an atmosphere of comprehensive care and development of students.
  • Experience with strategic planning and program development.
  • Demonstrated and effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the needs of faculty in relation to research activity, growth, arts advocacy, and collaboration.
  • An innovative, creative and entrepreneurial vision for academic development, community partnerships and audience building.
  • Experience in recruiting, retaining and nurturing a diverse faculty and student body.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in an environment devoted to collaboration, collegiality, professional development, diversity, scholarly inquiry, student learning, civic responsibility, and respect for all people.
  • Clear understanding of college and arts accreditation as well as an ability to proactively respond and contribute to the university and college vision and mission.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the deadline of November 1, 2016. The position is a 12-month appointment. The position will be available July 1, 2017. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Letters of nomination are encouraged.

Application Procedure:
Applications must contain a letter of interest that includes a vision statement and clear description of qualifications, a current vita, and names and contact information for three references. All applications must be submitted through our online applicant tracking system:

Inquiries may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Susan Elizabeth Lehrman, Dean of the College of Business at

Rowan University seeks applications and nominations from a broad spectrum of individuals including women, members of diverse ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities.

Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.