The College of New Jersey — Dean of the School of the Arts and Communication

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), one of the nation’s preeminent public institutions, seeks a visionary academic leader and experienced administrator with a strong record as both a teacher and a scholar-artist for the position of Dean of the School of the Arts and Communication. The new dean will assume office as early as January 2017 or in the summer of 2017.

TCNJ offers academically talented students a demanding living-learning undergraduate education and a rewarding residential experience, small classes, and a prestigious faculty. A strong liberal learning core forms the foundation for a wealth of degree programs offered through TCNJ’s seven schools: The Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. An additional host of nearly 20 centers and institutes fosters interdisciplinary work, engagement with the local community, and global outreach. The curriculum is enriched by an award-winning First-Year Experience, freshman orientation programs, and extensive opportunities for study abroad.

TCNJ enrolls a total of 7,406 students. Its 6,758 undergraduate students are enrolled in 50 liberal arts and professional majors. Approximately 648 graduate students are enrolled in 35 targeted masters-level and certificate programs. The college’s 355 full-time faculty members provide a 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio, and 96 percent of classes have enrollments of 30 students or fewer. Strong curricular and co-curricular programming have helped foster a freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of 94 percent, and a six-year graduation rate of 85 percent—rates that are among the highest in the country. TCNJ’S picturesque Georgian colonial campus is located in suburban Ewing, New Jersey. Ewing is approximately five miles from Trenton, the state capital, 10 miles from Princeton, 45 minutes from Philadelphia, and 90 minutes from New York City.

TCNJ has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. The college is currently ranked as one of the 75 most competitive schools in the nation by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges and is rated annually as the No. 1 public college in the north by U.S. News & World Report. In 2006, TCNJ was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, an honor shared with fewer than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. Long recognized for its outstanding return on investment, TCNJ is considered a “best buy” in higher education by Barron’s, The Princeton Review, Money Magazine, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The School of the Arts and Communication (SAC) provides an outstanding education for more than 700 undergraduate students, offering rigorous, relevant academic programs across art and art history, communication studies, interactive multimedia, journalism and professional writing (relocated to the school in 2016), and music. SAC is a supportive community of scholars and artists, where faculty, staff, and students work together on creative projects and original research—the kind of action-based education that prepares new generations to lead change and solve problems in its fields.

The Dean of the School of the Arts and Communication reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a valued member of the Deans’ Council. The dean oversees a budget of $9.1M, 41 full-time faculty, and a gifted operational staff of six. The dean works closely with department chairs and program directors to strengthen teaching and scholarship in every program. The dean also works in partnership with a dedicated staff member in the Development Office on fundraising initiatives.

The successful candidate will possess the appropriate terminal degree in her or his field, a distinguished record of teaching and creative productivity commensurate with full professor status at TCNJ, and exemplary experience in academic administration reflective of TCNJ’s own high standards.

Detailed information about the position, leadership agenda, and application process are available in the search profile at Applications will be received until the position is filled, but in order to ensure full consideration by the search committee, applicants should have all required materials on file by October 26, 2016. All application materials must be submitted electronically in MS Word or PDF format to

Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner and Ms. Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP are assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact them at to arrange confidential conversations.

To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an equal opportunity employer.