Employment at Ringling
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ringling College of Art and Design (www.ringling.edu) seeks a Vice President for Academic Affairs to help lead the College’s transformational growth and strategic development as it aspires to become the preeminent art and design college. Located in Sarasota, Florida, Ringling College is recognized as one of the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States, as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. The College offers bachelor’s degrees in 14 disciplines and employs a full-time faculty of 163 distinguished artists and scholars to teach approximately 1,400 students from 46 states and 53 foreign countries.
Reporting directly to Ringling College’s President and working closely with the faculty and Board of Trustees, the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) will serve as Chief Academic Officer for the College. Working in a collaborative fashion, the VPAA will create a vision of the future of visual arts education, and imagine and design a curriculum for that future. By providing the overall leadership, direction, and coordination for the College’s academic programs, the VPAA will lead the design effort and oversee the implementation of that design.
The ideal candidate will possess and project the utmost integrity and highest standards of professional conduct, and must be an individual qualified by accomplishment and experience to exercise the leadership of a talented, collegial, and motivated professional community. Expected qualifications include: prior experience in higher education serving as a faculty member and department chair, preferably in an art and design college or a university art department; a demonstrated ability to advocate faculty and student interests, while also understanding and representing institutional issues and concerns in a broader context; the ability to foster collaboration among departments and encourage new academic program development; a proven, contemporary record of innovative program development and entrepreneurial leadership; possession of a forward-thinking educational outlook that embraces diversity, environmental and social responsibility, and a global perspective in arts education; exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to be an effective and engaged listener; a leadership style characterized by openness, trust, collegiality, and creativity, coupled with decisiveness and a strong commitment to the College’s vision, core values, and strategic priorities; proficient problem solving skills combined with the ability to set realistic expectations; a demonstrated understanding of the creative process with a natural ability to facilitate the highest standards of professional practice and achievement. A bachelor’s degree is required, with a preference for candidates who hold an MFA, MA, or PhD in art or design, or a terminal degree in an appropriate or related field of study.
Screening will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Complete applications should be submitted electronically and should include: a cover letter addressed to the Search Committee that speaks to the stated responsibilities and qualifications; a current resume; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five professional references. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s approval/consent. Nominations, applications, and requests for additional information should be directed via email to Ringling College’s executive search consultants:
Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc.
Attention: Dana Behar
*All communications will be treated confidentially
Ringling College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer