The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), a private, nonprofit, four-year, and postgraduate college, seeks a collaborative and strategic-minded Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) to foster scholarship, creativity, and academic and artistic excellence at the College. The VPAA will join an exciting and visionary new President at an organization that is known for its high-quality and innovative academic programs as well as its supportive and engaged learning atmosphere.
The incoming VPAA will lead all academic functions of the college, support existing programs, and innovate to ensure that MCAD educational offerings continue to meet the evolving needs of today’s students in the context of our rapidly-changing world. To do this, the VPAA will work closely with the President, other senior leaders on the Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC), the Academic Cabinet—which comprises the academic leaders and staff of the college—and leaders of the Faculty Senate. The VPAA will join an experienced team that works collaboratively to advance MCAD’s mission.
The recent appointment of a dynamic new President who brings a strong commitment to global perspectives and community impact coupled with MCAD’s location in a lively arts and culturally-focused Twin Cities metropolitan area form a strong platform for growth. Within that context, the VPAA plays a critical role in determining MCAD’s future, particularly in relation to the growth and development of academic programs as well as the organization and deployment of human and fiscal resources. The VPAA will drive the academic vision for MCAD; recruit and support talented faculty who can lead strong academic and artistic programs; play an important role in efforts to renew existing facilities and integrate novel technologies into the classroom; and champion the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Most importantly, the VPAA will do this with an understanding and appreciation of the commitment to educating the next generation of cultural leaders that is central to MCAD’s institutional identity.
MCAD is an equal opportunity employer and educator.
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About Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
Founded in 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit teaching institution located in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. MCAD is an independent, accredited institution with 14 BFA degree programs in Design, Fine Arts, and Media Arts. It also has a BS degree in Entrepreneurial Studies, an MFA program, and online degrees. Dedicated to the creative and professional success of its students, MCAD is an important participant in the Twin Cities’ thriving cultural community. Minnesota enjoys a long history of cultural community, furthered by the generous support of numerous private foundations. Notable cultural institutions include Walker Art Center, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Weisman Art Museum. The Twin Cities host abundant live theater, music venues, galleries, art film festivals, and are home to many celebrated international advertising and design companies. Major sports teams in football, men and women’s basketball, baseball and hockey complement the arts. Bicycling Magazine recently named Minneapolis the most bike friendly city in America. The Twin Cities frequently rates as one of the best places to live in the United States. In June 201...4, CBRE rated Minneapolis as the greenest city in the nation. Ranked as the 14th largest metropolitan area in the nation, the area hosts 19 Fortune 500 Companies and seven of the largest private companies in the country.