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Dean, College of Liberal & Fine Arts Position Profile

 

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Dean, College of Liberal & Fine Arts. 

Under the leadership of President Dr. Taylor Eighmy and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy, the campus has developed a bold and ambitious vision for UTSA’s future and its pursuit of excellence as an urban-serving, Hispanic-thriving discovery enterprise (https://www.utsa.edu/strategicplan/). The University seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader and scholar who will build upon the existing strengths of the faculty and the untapped potential of the college to further advance the University’s progress toward these goals.

President Taylor Eighmy

Appointed in 2017, Dr. Taylor Eighmy is the 6th president of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Eighmy serves as a strong advocate for urban-serving public higher education and is passionate about UTSA’s role in developing San Antonio’s knowledge economy. President Eighmy brings a strong track record of advancing top research universities through strategic government collaborations, public-private partnerships, and community engagement. His experiences as an administrative leader, researcher, inventor, and professor have influenced his perspective as a champion of student success, particularly regarding the impact of experiential learning and undergraduate research programs. President Eighmy has recently unveiled a vision to make UTSA San Antonio’s university of the future and an institution that produces graduates who can tackle today’s challenges.

Provost Kimberly Espy

Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy has served as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at UTSA since June of 2018. With nearly 25 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Espy has earned a national reputation for helping institutions achieve transformative results in academic and student success, faculty and staff development, and university-community collaborations. As UTSA’s chief academic officer, she oversees nine academic colleges; the academic support divisions including Graduate & Post-Doctoral Studies, Faculty Success, Undergraduate Studies, Career Engaged Learning, Continuous Improvement & Accreditation, Academic Innovation, Strategic Enrollment, Student Success, Student Affairs, Global Initiatives; the Libraries, UTSA’s Art Collection and our museum, the Institute for Texan Cultures; in addition to other units that advance institutional success, such as Institutional Research & Analysis, Academic Finance & Administration, and Academic Strategic Communications. As a Top 25 Rising Young University (Nature Index, 2019) – with record enrollment, retention and persistence, degrees awarded and R&D impact – UTSA is on the move. 

UTSA College of Liberal & Fine Arts (COLFA)

COLFA is UTSA’s first academic college, and is home to more than 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students, supported by 130 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 147 non-tenure track faculty, and a dedicated cadre of staff. In its exciting new structure centered on humanity—past, present and future—represented in arts, letters, culture and society, each of the COLFA’s nine departments brings unique value for advancing its mission—these include the Departments of: Anthropology, Art & Art History, Communication, English, History, Modern Languages & Literatures, Music, Philosophy & Classics, and Political Science & Geography. With this honed focus and presence on the Main and Downtown campuses, COLFA is well-positioned to further enhance the impact of its programs, research/scholarship/creative activity, and faculty in improving the lives and social mobility of those they serve in the region. COLFA faculty are passionately committed to the College’s community focus and exemplifying the University’s dedication to the San Antonio and South Texas communities by leveraging UTSA’s role as an urban-serving research university and Carnegie classification as a Community Engaged University.

The University of Texas at San Antonio

As the third largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions within The University of Texas System, UTSA is a leading public Hispanic Serving Institution, Research University specializing in health, cybersecurity, fundamental futures, and human-social development, reflected in its urban-serving mission. With over 34,000 students supported by more than 1,400 faculty and 5,600 staff and student employees, both benefits- and non-benefits eligible, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. As one of the first universities designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and committed to learning and discovery, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and is highly focused on student success and meeting the educational needs of many first-generation, transfer, DACA, Veteran, and international students. UTSA prides itself on its diverse student population, and 63% of its students come from San Antonio and South Texas. Nearly half (45%) of UTSA undergraduates will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, transfer students comprise about 40% of UTSA’s total undergraduate population. Further enhancing an already diverse student population is UTSA’s military community, which makes up approximately 13% of total students. This includes active duty military members, veterans, reserves/guard, and their spouses and dependents.

UTSA is comprised of four campuses—

  • Main Campus – The 600-acre Main Campus is the hub of UTSA and home to students nearly every hour of the day and night. It includes the College of Business, College of Engineering, Honors College, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences, University College, and part of the College of Education and Human Development. It is also home to the Student Union, the Convocation Center, more than 350 student organizations, residence halls, and two libraries. The adjoining Park West Campus hosts is home to athletics venues that sit on 125 acres near the Main Campus and features a soccer stadium and a track and field complex.

  • Downtown Campus – The Downtown Campus, located in the heart of San Antonio’s business, social and cultural scenes, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, and the College of Education and Human Development. More than one-third of UTSA’s graduate students take classes at the Downtown Campus. Many of the university’s community outreach programs and extended education offerings are located at this urban campus, which serves as a convenient location for community-wide events.

  • Hemisfair Campus – The Hemisfair Campus is home to UTSA’s academic museum, the Institute of Texan Cultures. The institute produces exhibits, programs and events that examine and celebrate culture in Texas. It also facilitates field trips, teacher training and curriculum development. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the institute hosts exclusive artifacts and educational programs from the Smithsonian Institution for the benefit of the people of Texas. COLFA faculty are engaged with ITC programming, and one important institutional initiative is to better leverage and connect the UTSA faculty, students and ITC to better serve our communities, region and State. 

UTSA advances knowledge through research/scholarship/creative activity, teaching and learning, community engagement, and public service. It serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property—for Texas, the nation and the world. As part of President Taylor Eighmy’s vision to make UTSA San Antonio’s university of the future, the university is defining and executing strategies and tactics to realize National Research University Fund (NRUF) eligibility and classification as an R1 (highest research activity) by the Carnegie Commission. In FY19, UTSA achieved record sponsored research growth – compared to the year prior, UTSA faculty submitted 10% more proposals, realized 20% more awards and $26M more in new awards, and is clearly on track to achieve this milestone. COLFA will be an important driver of continued acceleration in sponsored research growth for UTSA, particularly as a fulcrum for collaboration within the College, across colleges, and with other external partners. The Dean is expected to catalyze, drive, and support such collaborations and attendant research growth to advance reaching these milestones.

UTSA has many points of pride, including being recognized as the #1 Hispanic Serving Institution in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek, and has the #1 cybersecurity program in the nation according to a survey by Ponemon Institute. Hispanic Network Magazine also includes UTSA amongst its “Best of the Best” rankings of U.S. universities. It is among an elite group of U.S. universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. For more information about UTSA, please visit http://www.utsa.edu/.

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States, with a thriving economy based on Energy, Bioscience/Healthcare, Aerospace/Aviation, Military, Financial Services, Information Technology and Cyber, and Tourism. It is recognized worldwide as the home of The Alamo and the Riverwalk. The city is celebrating growth and a rich, forward-looking culture, and is a place of inclusiveness. In 2018, San Antonio celebrated the 300th anniversary of its founding by Spanish missionaries.

San Antonio provides an environment where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with optimal quality of life. It is a city that celebrates its rich heritage yet is progressive in embracing the future with a multitude of cultural offerings such as the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, Witte Museum, Artpace, San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and San Antonio Zoo. As home to the Southwest Research Institute and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, both internationally renowned organizations with which UTSA has created many collaborations and partnerships, and areas such as the beautiful Pearl and Southtown, revitalized and revamped for urban space, as well as their celebrated historical spaces—San Antonio exemplifies the future for vibrant, urban locales. This is a city that fosters entrepreneurial growth, co-working spaces, and accelerators/incubators – environments that encourage building foundations for business, and a business-friendly economy. San Antonio residents benefit from no state income tax and access to scenic pathways across the city to museums and art galleries, history, culture, performing arts, theme parks, family fun, dining and nightlife, festivals and events, shopping, sports, and year-round outdoor lifestyle.

Position Summary

The Dean will serve as the chief academic officer for the College of Liberal & Fine Arts with responsibility for developing a comprehensive, ambitious, and dynamic vision for the College’s future. UTSA is on an upward trajectory in pursuit of academic excellence, student success, research growth, creativity and community service, and the Dean must serve as a passionate advocate for these ideals—working in collaboration with College stakeholders to create a refined vision for the College’s future. In so doing, the Dean will have the unique opportunity to showcase the COLFA as a contributor to UTSA’s Westside Community Partnerships Initiative focused on helping to shape educational, social, economic, and cultural programs and services in alignment with the University’s community outreach mission. Other institutional priorities for COLFA include taking on a central role in the ITC initiative to infuse efforts of our faculty and students in championing the diverse cultural heritage of our communities and the impacts on our futures.  

In leading the College during this important period of institutional growth and transition, the new Dean will play a critical role in effectively aligning the departments that now comprise COLFA, articulating and implementing a strategic plan, and guiding the College through the process of creating a refined identity, increasing its academic culture of excellence, and strengthening external partnerships to advance research/scholarship/creative activity and community impact. The Dean will be responsible for the academic, research, creative and outreach leadership of the College, as well as the management of its human and financial resources. The Dean has responsibility for leading the faculty and staff to work cohesively to advance the College as a whole and represents the College on campus and to the outside world, including alumni, donors, and other external stakeholders. The Dean takes the lead in strategic planning and in solidifying and implementing the vision, mission and goals for the College.

As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Research University of learning and discovery, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and is highly focused on student success and meeting the educational needs of many first-generation, transfer, DACA, Veteran, and international students. UTSA prides itself on its diverse student population, with approximately two-thirds from backgrounds under-represented in higher education (with more than half of the student body identifying as Hispanic). Nearly half (45%) of UTSA undergraduates will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, transfer students comprise about 40% of UTSA’s total undergraduate population. Further enhancing an already diverse student population is UTSA’s military community, which makes up approximately 13% of total students. This includes active duty military members, veterans, reserves/guard, and their spouses and dependents.  With its focus on arts, letters, culture and society, COLFA has the opportunity to lead the university in advancing academic excellence through diversity and inclusion, and the Dean is expected to embrace and seize this unparalleled opportunity. The new Dean has a unique opportunity to position the college to lead the charge in digital fluency as UTSA embraces its new designation as an ADOBE® Creative Campus. The Dean must have a deep understanding of the creative community of thinkers that exist within the culture of COLFA departments and how to connect these strengths across disciplines and departments. 

The Dean is expected to lead the College’s efforts in:

  • Building and promoting the College’s refined identity—strengthening existing relationships and identifying new partnership opportunities afforded by its new structure;
  • Coalescing a shared identity, cohesion, and collaboration among the varied units that comprise the College;
  • Advancing strategic and academic planning that inspires the College to envision and support a bold strategy for the future;
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse and excellent faculty and staff committed to positively impacting student performance and increasing their sense of belonging;
  • Leading COLFA in exploring new methods to promote student success and distinction that will further elevate the student experience in meaningful ways;
  • Developing new opportunities for student access to research/scholarship/creative activity and partnership with the faculty;
  • Advancing academic excellence through a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of college work;
  • Strengthening interdisciplinary connections among the units of the College to promote growth in research/scholarship/creative activity and its attendant impact, as well as support unique academic programs;
  • Supporting and growing the University’s research mission, by advancing the faculty’s scholarly activities and external sponsorship growth, and encouraging and advocating for interdisciplinary opportunities that increase impact;
  • Encouraging and facilitating greater external support of primary, applied, community-oriented, translational and inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary research/scholarship/creative activity;
  • Enhancing the quality and reputation of the graduate programs in the College;
  • Enhancing partnerships with community-focused organizations and stakeholders both on- and off-campus;
  • Building and sustaining interdisciplinary academic connections between the COLFA and other colleges within the University, and working with external partners to develop collaborative undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Providing leadership in the area of fundraising and external relations as well as spearheading broader advancement efforts in communications and engagement with external stakeholders;
  • Developing new and existing relationships between the College and the surrounding San Antonio, TX community;
  • Communicating the vision of the College to prospective students, alumni, foundations, industry, and external partners;
  • Participating in campus-wide policy development and decision-making through membership on the University Leadership Council and Academic Council;
  • Persuasively articulating the vision, mission, goals, and programs of the College to the University community, external stakeholders, and the general public;
  • Providing leadership to the faculty in developing, maintaining, and improving high-quality programs of instruction, research, creative activity, outreach, and public service.

Qualifications

UTSA’s next Dean will play an important role in the future growth of the COLFA as well as ensuring the College’s support of UTSA’s goal of attaining R1 university status and its dedication to the advancement of knowledge through research, scholarship and creative activity, teaching and learning, community engagement, and public service. The successful candidate will possess a distinguished record of academic accomplishment and service, superior interpersonal and management skills, and in addition will possess: 

  • A demonstrated commitment to the broad conceptualization and interrelation of the disciplines that comprise COLFA and how, when coupled with an equal commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion, can positively impact communities;
  • An earned doctorate/terminal degree in a discipline represented in COLFA from an accredited university and administrative and/or leadership experience in a research university;
  • An outstanding record of scholarly achievement and international reputation commensurate with appointment as full professor in one of the departments in the College;
  • Experience as an innovative, decisive leader and diplomat with strong organizational and consensus-building skills, integrity, and the ability to inspire and lead faculty with diverse interests and scholarly approaches;
  • A record of success and ability in recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty; a history of inspiring faculty to excel in teaching, research/scholarship/creative activities and rewarding excellence in these areas;
  • A history of providing students with a high-quality educational experience and aggressively addressing issues related to student success;
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing research/scholarship/creative activity, growing its impact and increasing external sponsorship (including foundations and donors), and building creative interdisciplinary teams that advance cutting edge academic innovation;
  • Experience in building multidisciplinary programs and fostering external partnerships to create an outwardly looking educational environment for faculty and students;
  • Enthusiasm for “building”; for developing and advancing a strategic plan to further the College and University’s national competitiveness;
  • Proven people skills and the ability to serve as a highly effective listener and communicator with both academic and non-academic audiences, with bold enthusiasm to address challenges.

Qualities and Characteristics

The successful candidate will possess a distinguished record of leadership and academic service; a dynamic vision for the future of the College; and a demonstrated passion for the College and University’s shared mission. In addition, this individual must value collaboration, diversity and inclusion, transparency, and entrepreneurship, and will be a dynamic and energetic leader who embraces the mission of the College and its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research/scholarship/creative activity. The successful candidate will also possess: 

  • A demonstrated ability to lead, including management of human and financial resources; the ability to work with faculty to develop a vision and plans for the future in an environment of shared governance; and the ability to function well as part of the campus leadership team;
  • The ability to think strategically and bring together diverse groups of interests to coalesce in a unified vision;
  • An enterprising mindset that will capitalize on San Antonio’s unique urban environment that promotes engagement and partnership opportunities with community stakeholders;
  • The ability to communicate effectively to build and enhance relationships with the staff, community, and various constituent groups;
  • A willingness to actively and enthusiastically partner with an engaged undergraduate and graduate student body;
  • A deep commitment to academic excellence, demonstrated ability for creative leadership and management, and the energy and vigor to translate ideas into action;
  • An innovative, transdisciplinary and entrepreneurial approach to the Dean position in order to serve as a catalyst for new and compelling academic, creative and research initiatives in the College with the potential to expand on existing College strengths;
  • A commitment to fostering and sustaining a culturally diverse academic environment; a demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a wide variety of people of diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic, gender, sexuality, and individual differences;
  • Recognition of the assets that diverse urban populations bring to the table, sensitivity to the educational needs of our students to enable these assets to be nurtured and supported, and sharing of the University’s commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution and a model for student success;
  • Excitement to serve as an engaging advocate on behalf of COLFA at the local, national, and international level; the next Dean will be tasked with further developing the College’s external relationships to not only increase donations, but stimulate productive partnerships with external constituencies;
  • A deep resonance with UTSA’s commitment to excellence and diversity, to the personal and educational enrichment of its faculty, staff and students, and a passion for the College’s role in ensuring student graduation and post-graduate job success; and
  • Integrity and high ethical standards.

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

Email: apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. 

College for Liberal and Fine Arts Dean Search Advisory Committee

Chair

Lisa Montoya

Vice Provost 

Global Initiatives

Members

Myron Anderson

  VP for Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence

Mark Blizard

Associate Professor

Department of Architecture

Anna Boyer-Chadwick

Academic Advisor II

Staff Senate Representative - Advising Arts and Humanities

Nicole Cherry

 Assistant Professor

Department of Music

Stacey Davis

Associate Professor

Department of Music

Alejandra Elenes

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Jose Escobedo

Student Body Vice President

Student Government Association Representative

Jill Fleuriet

Acting Dean

Honors College/Department of Anthropology

Jerry Gonzalez

Associate Professor/Dir., Mexico Center

Department of History

Annie Herrera

Assistant Dean

College of Liberal/Fine Arts

Shamshad Kahn

Assistant Professor

Department of  Communication

Sarah Lasley

Assistant Professor

Department of Art and Art History

Joycelyn Moody

Professor/Denman Distinguished Chair

Department of English

Sharon Navarro

Professor

Department of Political Science and Geography

Chris Packham

Professor

Faculty Senate Representative - Department of Physics and Astronomy

Nathan Richardson

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

John Phillip Santos

Sr. Distinguished Lecturer

Honors College

Stephen Skinner

Director of Development & Special Projects

University Development

Serife Tekin

Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy and Classics

Rey Villanueva

PhD student/Teaching Learning Consultant

Teaching and Learning Services

Naomy Ybarra

Sr. Administrative Associate

Department of Music

Consultant

Alberto Pimentel

Managing Partner

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, Inc.