University of Colorado Denver — Associate Dean (Staff) for Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation

University of Colorado | CU Denver
College of Arts & Media (CAM), Dean’s Office
Associate Dean (Staff) for Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation
Requisition #19890

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

In recognition of the need for action to combat persisting inequities within higher education and tap into the power of transdisciplinary research and collaboration as the means for addressing the grand challenges that face the creative industries in the 21st century, the College of Arts & Media is implementing a national hiring strategy to attract diverse applicants.  This strategy aims to:

  • attract a diversity of scholarly and creative work, pedagogical practices and methodologies, insights and worldviews to the applicant pool
  • attract candidates who mirror and engage with the intersectionalities in our community
  • attract a more inclusive breadth of qualified candidates to the applicant pool
  • foster greater equity across the institution

College of Arts & Media seeks diverse candidates whose work has encompassed success in research, creative activity, teaching, and/or service that falls at the intersection of the creative industries (visual arts, film and television, music business, recording arts, and contemporary music performance) and Critical Race Theory, Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Queer Theory, and/or LGBTQAI+ Studies.

As the first college in Colorado devoted exclusively to arts and entertainment, the College of Arts & Media understands the influence of modern trends on traditional art forms.  We combine the latest technology with traditional methods, and we encourage our students to incorporate their discoveries of art’s emerging dimensions with our comprehensive instruction on its classical forms. The college enrolls 1,300 majors, has 120+ faculty and 25 professional support staff. Within the three distinct departments, Music & Entertainment Industries Studies (MEIS), Film & Television and Visual Arts. The MEIS Department primarily focuses on commercial music styles. Students are given the option to choose from four distinct emphasis areas of study: Performance, Singer/ Songwriter, Music Business, and Recording Arts. The Department of Film & Television offers students the opportunity to become knowledgeable about working in both Film & Television while delving into their special areas of interest. Degree emphasis areas in Visual Arts include Art History, Digital Animation, Digital Design, Art Practices, Illustration, and Photography. The College of Arts & Media operates two gallery spaces (the Emmanuel Gallery on the Auraria Campus, and the Next Stage Gallery in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts), that serve all faculty and students across the disciplines offered by CAM.

To learn more about the College of Arts & Media and the University of Colorado Denver, please visit:

Nature of Work:
CU Denver and the College of Arts & Media will benefit from transdisciplinary creative work & research with a focus on humanizing the future of work, Healing Arts Entrepreneurship, and advancing P3 (public, private partnerships—extending the work, experience and expertise of the new Chancellor of CU Denver, Michele Marks), and Healing Arts Entrepreneurship. The successful hire for this position will visibility support and lead CAM’s efforts to advance the Chancellor’s initial priorities:

  • Entrepreneurial and Design-Thinking
  • Online and Hybrid Pedagogies
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Initiatives
  • Transdisciplinary Research and Creative Projects
  • Globalization and Placemaking

The Associate Dean for Innovation, Transdisciplinary Research and Creative Projects for the College of Arts & Media is responsible for serving as the Chief Innovation, Research, and Collaboration Officer for the college. This position will advance the position of the college departments with national associations, lead the development and implementation of a college research mission, define emerging fields that intersect with arts and design, identify and attract external funding, advance efforts to increase participation in health professions, advance participation and collaboration with the Comcast Media & Technology Center (CMTC) and serve as a college leader on strategic initiatives. In addition, this position will direct essential day-to-day work mentoring and supporting a cadre of undergraduates who won competitive “Dean’s Innovation Awards.”

Economic development is a prime example of the power of the creative industries. The successful candidate will incorporate place healing through the creative industries and healthcare industries advance social needs—but also be an exemplar on how the economy can move forward and new jobs may be created through entertainment, creative work, and design–then mediated through the digital technologies. The successful candidate will show evidence of envisioning and supporting faculty and students to attract external funding to operationalize this role to an institutional asset that will advance the College of Arts & Media and enhance the linkages between CU Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus.

This is a staff position with an anticipated duration that will be linked to job performance, budgetary considerations, and staffing needs of the College of Arts & Media.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Enhance the CAM Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force through advancing research and creative work that supports the needs for societal recognition of racism and other forms of systemic oppression.
  • Boost external funding for faculty and student research and direct and administer college-wide support for faculty and student research, creative activity, and scholarly work.
  • Provide research expertise across the college and liaise with the University’s Office of Research, Office of Grants & Contracts, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), Experiential Learning Center, Office of Digital Education, Center for Faculty Development & Advancement, and Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning.
  • Work individually with faculty and students—while providing optimal advising to pre-tenured faculty in shaping, executing, and tracking their portfolios in research and creative work.
  • Provide professional support for proposal development and budget design, to include transdisciplinary projects and external collaborators.
  • Review internal and external funding submissions, connect faculty with internal and external resources, and provide technical support as needed for sponsored research proposals.
  • Oversee faculty, student, and staff development grant processes, including but not limited to:  updating guidelines and protocols to advance professional standards; overseeing the application, review and approval review processes; and providing faculty with feedback.
  • Identify and promote opportunities for college faculty, students and staff participation in activities related to research and creative scholarship in local, regional, national, and international arenas.
  • Develop technical assistance workshops for faculty and students in proposal writing and budget development.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs to support all operations of the Comcast Media and Technology Center (CMTC) in helping to represent the college in the operations, design, and creative activities of the center; facilitates faculty and student representation and participation in activities associated with CMTC; liaises between CAM and CMTC in recruiting a new student design innovation corps, and participating faculty; and serves as co-principal investigator for arts- and design-based sponsored research.
  • Work closely with Business Development Officer of the Comcast Center on all CMTC grant submissions. 
  • All other tasks/projects as requested and/or assigned.

Seek and secure external funding sources to allow the College of Arts & Media to: 

  • Leverage human, technological, and creative resources to enhance wellness and improve physical and mental health.
  • Partner with the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) to provide the first linkages between the AMC and the CAM.
  • Explore career pathways and “future of work” that will benefit CAM graduates through a broadened education that may include aligning the creative industries with the healing arts, place healing, and the healthcare industries.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates may be responsible for any travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary & Benefits:
The hiring range for this position has been established at $110,000 to $120,000. The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Minimum Qualifications: (Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to the requirements and duties of this position from an accredited institution
  •  A distinguished record, as represented in your application package, of attracting and administering $500K+ in national and regional grants to amplify and advance the power of arts, culture and the creative industries through innovation, transdisciplinary research and creative projects
  • Seven (7) years of experience bridging the work between at least two of the following areas: of the Arts, Engineering/Engineering Technology, and/or Medicine/Public Health
  • Three (3) years of successful leadership experience (leadership, research, public health) that will translate into building partnerships with the School of Public Health and other entities on the Anschutz Medical Campus

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing and able to successfully pass a criminal and sex offender background check
  • As an officer position, must be willing and able to pass a credit check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher-education or working with higher-education or institutions/nonprofits affiliated with higher education and the medical arts
  • A terminal degree in an area of the arts and/or an advanced degree in public health.
  • Experience mentoring faculty, students, and/or staff in research and creative work.
  • Experience reviewing and providing guidance with internal and external funding/grant submissions .
  • Evidence working at the intersection of the arts and social justice

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • An understanding of the exceptional opportunities for arts and media students to thrive in the 21st Century creative economy
  • Experience in developing and sustaining programs between arts/media and public health
  • Ability to provide intellectual and effective leadership in the development of research initiatives
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively across diverse populations within the college, campus structure, and external constituents
  • Skilled in a variety of effective leadership techniques
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously while maintaining attention to detail
  • Artistic curiosity
  • Collaborative work style
  • Ability to maintain a climate that is collegial, that respects and values diversity, that treats faculty, staff and learners fairly and that is open to creativity and innovation

Diversity and Equity:

Please contact for information on disability accommodations.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 

  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 
  2. A current CV/resume 
  3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) 
  4. Provide detailed answers to all pre-screening questions 

Questions should be directed to: Teri Wilson (

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover Letter, 
  • Resume/CV, 
  • List of References

Application Materials Instructions: Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by January 27, 2021. Those who do not apply by January 27, 2021 may or may not be considered.

Job Category: Executive
Primary Location: Denver
Department: U0001 — DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS – 30119 – CAM-Dean’s Office
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jan 13, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing
Posting Contact Name: Teri Wilson