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Associate Dean, Fine and Performing Arts

Brock University

The Faculty of Humanities seeks to appoint an Associate Dean, Fine & Performing Arts. The three year term will begin on July 1st, 2021, or as soon afterward as is practicable, and is renewable.

With more than 19,000 students, over 1,500 faculty and staff, and a network of more than 100,000 accomplished alumni, Brock University has forged a reputation as a modern and innovative university that excels at providing exceptional experiential learning opportunities and highly rated student and campus life experiences. Brock’s diverse Faculties and Schools offer a wide range of programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. It also features one of Canada’s most diversified co-operative programs and a range of other experiential, service, and creative learning opportunities. Brock is committed to fostering excellence in transdisciplinary research.

The University is located within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve overlooking the city of St. Catharines in the heart of Ontario’s historic Niagara Region, an area known for viticulture, tourism, natural beauty, and its proximity to major Canadian and American cities. Brock’s location plays a key role in its identity, as more than 200 community collaborations allow the University to be a vital partner who helps advance Niagara’s economic and intellectual transformation. For further information about the University, please visit the website at

The Associate Dean, Fine & Performing Arts, will manage many aspects of the department of fine and performing art and will provide general oversight of the programmes and activities in the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts. This includes the working relationship with the building supervisor and the Facilities Management team at the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts, as well as Brock’s on-site security office. They will ensure an optimal relationship with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and promote the academic and creative outcomes (between 50 and 70 events annually) across the School, including representing the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts and attend its many functions, speak or communicate on its behalf when necessary, interact with the media, and generally help build and reinforce established relationships within the University and the community at large. In a broader sense, they will also represent the Faculty of Humanities on committees concerned with the fine and performing arts, including recruitment, retention, academic integrity and orientation.

With the Faculty Financial Manager, the Associate Dean will monitor proposed course offerings in the Departments and Centres located in the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts, taking into account historical enrolment in courses and their viability. They will also work with the Dean and Departments and Centres in the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts to promote articulation agreements and collaborative programmes with other institutions and with other units at Brock. Coordinating the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts presence at Fall Preview Day, Open House, and the Ontario Universities Fair will also be among other duties.

The Associate Dean, Fine & Performing Arts, will share the role of Acting Dean with the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs and Curriculum, when the Dean is unavailable. The Associate Dean, Fine & Performing arts will also have other duties as assigned by the Dean of Humanities or a designate.

The Associate Dean, Fine & Performing Arts will possess academic qualifications that merit appointment as Associate Professor or Professor in one of the Departments located in the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts. They should also have successful administrative experience in an academic and or arts setting. In addition, they should have demonstrated ability to work collegially and effectively with others, including students, faculty members, staff, and senior administration.

Consideration of potential candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the role is successfully filled. Applications should include a letter of introduction, and curriculum vitae, and should be submitted electronically to the Workday system. The names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the candidate) should be forwarded electronically, in confidence, to Carol Merriam, Dean, Faculty of Humanities at

Applications should be submitted electronically through the Brock Careers website at the following link:

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples including those who identify as members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy Please advise: to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

As a result of Brock University’s current remote operational model, interviews at this time will be conducted virtually.

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