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Assistant Dean

Organization: Pratt Institute
Date Posted: 9/25/2020
Date Needed: 1/11/2021
City: Brooklyn
Location: New York
Country: United States
Primary Category: All UFVA Job Listings

Description & Details

The School of Art at Pratt Institute seeks exceptional applicants for the position of Assistant Dean in the School Art. The selected candidate will report to the Dean of the School of Art.

This position will begin in January 2021. 

Working closely with the Dean and Department Chairs, the Assistant Dean will help develop and implement an academic strategic plan for the School of Art, in accordance with the School of Art’s mission, vision, and values, and in alignment with Pratt’s overall mission and strategic plan.  The Assistant Dean is responsible for informing, developing and overseeing the implementation of guidelines and procedures concerning the School of Art’s curriculum, program review, assessment, academic hiring, and peer review, with input on all aspects of related space planning. 

The Assistant Dean acts as a resource for the school’s 8 departments (Fine Arts, Photography, Film/Video, Digital Arts, Art and Design Education, Creative Arts Therapy, Arts and Cultural Management/Design Management, and the Associate Degree Programs) while also serving as a liaison to the first-year Foundation program, the other schools at Pratt, and the community beyond the Pratt campus. 

Pratt School of Art provides a rigorous, student-centered education that emphasizes risk-taking and exploration.  We are a dynamic community of students, faculty, and staff committed to meeting the challenges of the 21st century.  Our programs develop criticality through a mutual, sustained process of critique, articulation, and reflection, and foster an interdisciplinary environment that allows students to broaden their creative thinking and pursuits.  Guided by outstanding faculty, students learn to integrate theory and practice, develop their creative voices, and actively engage with the world.

Located on Pratt’s historic 25-acre campus in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Pratt is an internationally recognized school of architecture, art, design, and information, which draws students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students, and staff, and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.


The responsibilities of the Assistant Dean include:

  • Assist the Dean and Department Chairs in development and implementation of an academic strategic plan for the School of Art
  • Advise the Dean and Department Chairs in the development and revision of all curricular components of the academic programs in the School of Art
  • Serve as a non-voting member on the School of Art’s curriculum committee; advise departmental curriculum committees and act as a liaison to the Institute Curriculum Committee; work in concert with the Provost’s Office and other schools of the Institute in matters of general education and shared programs
  • Assist the Dean and act as a liaison with the Department Chairs and the Provost’s Office regarding all academic program and accreditation reviews and matters pertaining to assessment; develop and maintain assessment and program review guidelines for the School of Art
  • Assist in the process for hiring Department Chairs as well as day-to-day oversight and guidance; offer ongoing support to Department Chairs and intervene as needed on individual academic and personnel issues
  • Assist Dean in managing faculty evaluation and promotion process including appointments, reappointments, promotion and tenure in accord with applicable policies and standards as well as in accordance with the faculty union collective bargaining agreement
  • Work with the Dean and Provost’s Office to support and highlight creative research in the School of Art and increase research opportunities for faculty 
  • Assist Dean in supervision of Dean's administrative staff in the following areas: tenure and promotion; academic program reviews and accreditation; curriculum; faculty and chairs searches
  • Assist in miscellaneous daily operational activities such as conferring with faculty and students; supporting school-wide events and projects; supporting external relationships with alumni, donors, and professional partners; conducting research and preparing data
  • Participate in and assume all other related responsibilities as required


Education: Terminal degree in area of expertise required 

Experience: At least 5 years of college teaching experience; at least 5 years' experience as academic administrator in higher education, including supervisory experience; significant experience with curriculum, planning and assessment as well as academic advisement

Skills: Superior interpersonal, written and oral communication as well as collaboration skills required; proficiency in MS Office and PowerPoint required; proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) preferred; excellent organizational skills 

Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications

Teaching: The option to teach 1 course per academic year in field of expertise

Other: Ability to work with a diverse faculty and student body; Current in creative program or research practice

Application Instructions

You may apply for this job through Pratt Institute's Interfolio webpage at:

Review of applications to begin November 6th and continue until the position is filled. The desired start date for this appointment is January 2021.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, a statement describing how you have worked to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your career and how you would continue to do so at Pratt, and the names and contact information for three professional references.  Finalists for the position will be invited to a Zoom interview and asked to provide links to their research or creative work.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.

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