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California State University, Long Beach
  • Position Number: 3805011
  • Location: Long Beach, CA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Art

California State University, Long Beach
Dean, College of the Arts

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) seeks an inspirational leader for Dean of the College of the Arts (COTA). Reporting directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean leads the College staff and department chairs in managing the College's fiscal resources and personnel; recruiting, evaluating and retaining a well-qualified and diverse faculty and staff; developing effective student recruitment and retention programs in the College; and fund raising to support the College's academic programs, research, performance, and exhibition activities.

COTA ( is California's largest and most comprehensive publicly funded college for the arts, with approximately 7,500 graduate and undergraduate students.

COTA includes the Departments of Dance, Design, Film and Electronic Arts, and Theatre Arts, as well as the School of Art, the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center (CPAC). The College features seven different performance venues seating 2,500 patrons, and multiple exhibition spaces offering more than 9,600 square feet of designated areas for art and design installations and shows. These facilities annually house approximately 500 arts and arts-focused events and welcome more than 150,000 audience members and exhibit visitors to the CSULB campus.

The Dean of COTA should possess the academic, financial, and strategic acumen to offer collaborative and transparent leadership within the University and Long Beach communities. Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate, appropriate terminal degree or professional equivalency in the arts; a record of university teaching, scholarly and creative activity that satisfies eligibility of appointment to the rank of tenured full professor in an academic program in the College; a dynamic educational vision for the arts in a large, urban, public university that includes leadership and support for innovative curriculum development; and demonstrated effectiveness in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion for faculty, staff and students.

For the full list of required and desired qualifications, application materials required, and more information about the position, College, and University, find the profile for the position at

Nominations and applications: Priority consideration will be given to materials received by February 27, 2023.

Academic Search is assisting California State University Long Beach in this search. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications (PDF preferred) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with the senior consultants leading this search, Dr. Cynthia M. Patterson at or Dr. Maria Thompson at; or write to associate consultant Lisa Rosenberg at .

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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