Parsons School of Design, one of the world's leading academic institutions of design and art, seeks a Dean for its School of Fashion (SoF). Reporting to the Executive Dean of Parsons, this individual will possess the vision and ability to articulate and deliver leadership to over 26 full-time faculty and over 175 part-time faculty in the following degree programs: AAS Fashion Marketing and Communications, AAS Fashion Design, BFA Fashion Design, MPS Fashion Management, MFA Fashion Design & Society, and MFA Textiles (see this link for additional information on Parsons' SoF programs, which together enroll almost 1,200 students). The Dean of the School of Fashion also serves as Associate Dean for Parsons, and as such, collaborates with the four other School Deans, the Dean's Office, and the Executive Dean in furthering the success of Parsons school-wide.
The School Dean is primarily responsible for the academic and operational leadership of the SoF and for establishing its strategic direction in alignment with Parsons and The New School. The School Dean works closely with the SoF Leadership Council, the SoF Curriculum Committee, faculty, and staff to advance the curriculum and to ensure the integrity and quality of the degree programs and courses.
Parsons' SoF has significant engagements with external partners, in programs ranging from executive education, to non-degree programs, to corporate-sponsored projects. The School Dean is expected to collaborate with Parsons' Gromek Institute for Fashion Business, Open Campus, and The New School's Office of Corporate Partnerships and Industry Engagement to advance these programs and ensure mission-alignment.
The School Dean will foster and support a strong collaborative and innovative academic work environment and culture within the school and across Parsons, including a culture of engaged research and scholarship, and provide academic leadership through clear, timely and collegial input, support and guidance. The School Dean is responsible for supporting the mentorship of the faculty through the annual review process, and will work with faculty to structure mentoring relationships that provide opportunities for constructive, critical reflection on their work. All full-time and part-time faculty within the SoF report to the School Dean.
The School Dean will be Full-time Faculty but their central responsibility will be to serve as the chief administrator for the School. This is a full-time, 12-month position.
The key duties for this position include (but are not limited to) the following:
Administrative Responsibilities: - Oversee the management and evaluation of SoF faculty - Oversee the development of all SoF programs and courses - Work collaboratively with the School Manager and academic planning staff to lead the administration of the School, including oversight of budget and facilities - Collaborate with offices outside of PArsons within the university to advance corporate sponsorships and philanthropy related to the SoF. - Continue to build the academic community within the School, establishing communication between programs, faculty, students, and staff, and utilizing best practices of academic shared governance to involve all constituents in meaningful participation in decision-making and planning. - Provide academic and strategic leadership, and actively participate in the shared work and mission of the School, Parsons, and the University - Support the academic leadership of the program directors and the academic advancement and promotion of faculty within the School - Contribute to and promote the school's commitment to a climate of equity and inclusion - Initiate and develop special projects, collaborative efforts, public outreach, alumni affairs, development, and fundraising efforts on behalf of the SoF - Provide leadership for the SoF's participation in the annual Parsons Benefit Academic Responsibilities: - Teach at least one course per year – Participate in classroom activities and engage with other teaching at Parsons (e.g., critiques, juries, review panels, thesis supervision, independent study, internship supervision, etc.) – Generate research, scholarship and/or creative practice and share this work within the academic and/or professional communities - Actively participate in relevant program, college, and university committees and task forces
- A graduate degree in a field of study related to the disciplines offered within the School of Fashion - Practice, scholarship and/or research in a field related to the study of fashion, and of national and international significance - Significant academic experience in teaching and curricular and program development - Demonstrated expertise in administrative leadership, including strategic and fiscal planning - Ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff with a high degree of cultural competency - An ability to cultivate and advance innovation in curriculum design and teaching methods - A commitment to work with the academic leadership of other Schools within Parsons to develop cross-platform curricular opportunities as well as collaborative, extra-curricular programs that generate cross-disciplinary interest - A commitment to work with the other colleges within The New School to facilitate ongoing efforts to establish inter-disciplinary study opportunities across the university
Internal Number: 18800
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The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.
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