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Thank you for visiting the College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU:VPA) dean search website. Dean Ann Clarke announced in September 2015 that, after a successful eight-year tenure, she would be stepping down at the end of this academic year. In response the SU:VPA community, with the enthusiastic support of Chancellor Kent Syverud and Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost Elizabeth Liddy, has been deeply engaged in launching a search for a superb dean eager to recognize and pursue the opportunities of this hidden gem of a college, leading SU:VPA into an era of further excellence and greater prominence. It is an exciting time in SU:VPA, filled with heightened awareness about all that this college has accomplished and offers its students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and filled with anticipation about the even brighter future it envisions and expects to achieve.

On behalf of the SU:VPA Dean Search Committee, I invite you to learn about Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Quality of life is high for employees of Syracuse University, in every season, as the city of Syracuse and the region of Central New York offer its residents richly diverse resources and experiences (explore them at Visit Syracuse, Visit Central New York, and ILoveNY).

If you are an excellent candidate or know someone who might be, and of course, if you have any questions, please contact us at


Charles E. Morris III
Chair, SU:VPA Dean Search Committee
Professor and Chair, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
College of Visual and Performing Arts | Syracuse University

Search Committee

In September 2015, Syracuse University Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost Elizabeth D. Liddy announced that the University would initiate a national search for a new dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and selected Charles E. Morris III, professor and chair, SU:VPA's Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, to chair the search.

On November 20 the search committee, charged with identifying and recruiting candidates for the deanship, was announced to the campus community. The committee includes faculty, students, and staff from the college as well as members of the SU:VPA Alumni Advisory Council, a member of the SU Board of Trustees, and the dean of the College of Education.

Dean Search Committee
  • Sang-Mi Borneman, graduate student, music education, Setnor School of Music/School of Education
  • Yvonne E. Buchanan, associate professor, School of Art
  • Markova Casseus, undergraduate senior, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
  • Felix E. Cochren, associate professor, theater design and technology, Department of Drama
  • Lauren Cramer G'94, University Trustee; chair, SU:VPA Advisory Council
  • James W.R. Fathers, professor, industrial and interaction design; director, School of Design; Iris Magidson Endowed Chair of Design Leadership
  • Christopher Fox, assistant dean, information technology, SU:VPA
  • Dennis Gilbert '73, member, SU:VPA Advisory Council
  • Rachel Carey Hall, associate professor, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
  • Heath A. Hanlin, associate professor and chair, Department of Transmedia; program coordinator, computer art and animation
  • Lucinda K. Havenhand, associate professor, environmental and interior design, School of Design; associate dean, research and graduate studies, SU:VPA
  • Laura Heyman, associate professor, Department of Transmedia; program coordinator, art photography
  • Stephanie L. James, director, School of Art; Doris E. Klein Endowed Professor of Art
  • Joanna Masingila, dean and professor, School of Education
  • Charles E. Morris III, professor and chair, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; Dean Search Committee chair
  • Lisa Steele, assistant director, Bandier Program
  • Martha L. Sutter, interim director, Setnor School of Music
  • John F. Warren, associate professor, applied music and performance (conducting); director, choral activities, Setnor School of Music
  • Peter Yenawine '69, member, SU:VPA Advisory Council
  • Ralph Zito, professor and chair, Department of Drama
Korn Ferry Consultants
  • Paul Chou, co-managing director, global education practice
  • Michelle Ting, senior associate, global education practice
Search Committee Staff
  • Joanne Balduzzi, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
  • Arthur Hunt, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies


The search committee expects the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts to begin in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Position Advertisement

Syracuse University, one of the top private universities in the nation, is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Dean of The College of Visual and Performing Arts (“SU:VPA”). This position offers an exceptional opportunity for a charismatic, energetic and visionary leader to partner with members of the faculty, student body, staff, and broader university and international community to teach, promote, and reflect the value of the arts and the significant and integral role they play in today's complex world.

Founded in 1873, The College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU:VPA), is comprised of a distinctive and collaborative mix of creative, academic, and professional missions. SU:VPA is one of thirteen Colleges and Schools at the University, and includes 138 nationally and internationally recognized faculty, 65 staff members, 2200 undergraduates and 161 graduate students across 34 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs in six schools and departments: School of Art, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, School of Design, Department of Drama, Setnor School of Music, and Department of Transmedia. The College of Visual and Performing Arts charts its trajectory to excellence by advancing knowledge and fostering success via diverse creative and professional endeavors, performance, transformative research and scholarship.

The Dean of SU:VPA reports directly to the Provost. The ideal candidate must have an advanced degree or equivalent relevant experience and have a record of achievement appropriate for an appointment at the rank of full professor in SU:VPA. In addition, s/he should have a demonstrated record of administrative accomplishment in fiscal, facilities and personnel management in the arts, academia, or a related field, and experience or suitable preparation for success in fundraising and development. The successful candidate should also possess an entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment for embracing diversity, and a talent for facilitating cross‐disciplinary collaboration.

Syracuse University is a private research university, with 21,492 undergraduate and graduate students combined, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries.  Founded in 1870, it is home to 13 schools and colleges offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.  Students engage the world through extensive partnerships and immersion opportunities, whether in the heart of the Syracuse metropolitan area, at anchor points in world-class U.S. cities such as New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, or through SU Abroad programs in more than 30 countries. These deep connections to the ideas, people, and professions of the world prepare graduates for an increasingly connected and complex global society.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For priority consideration, please apply before Monday, February 15, 2016. Applications should include 1) a detailed curriculum vitae, 2) a letter or statement summarizing the applicant's qualifications and relevant leadership experience, and 3) the applicant’s preferred contact information. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations and applications should be submitted electronically (single PDF files preferred) in confidence, to:

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis.  Syracuse University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, work-related injury or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities. 

Nominate a Candidate

To nominate a candidate for dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, please submit the below information to

Please include:

  • Your name, organization, title, phone, and email
  • Nominee’s name, organization, title, phone, and email
  • Your relationship to the nominee