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Associate Dean of Entertainment Design

Columbus College of Art and Design Full-Time  Columbus, Ohio, United States 10 Oct 2022

Job Description

Associate Dean of Entertainment Design


The Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is seeking an Associate Dean of Entertainment Design.

The Associate Dean of Entertainment Design will supervise the Chairs of Animation, Comics & Narrative Practice, Game Art & Design, and Illustration and will work with them and their faculty to strengthen, innovate, and expand CCAD’s academic programs to ensure offerings are best-in-class, interdisciplinary, and prepare students for an increasingly complex, evolving, and diverse workplace and society. The Associate Dean of Entertainment Design will lead the academic and cultural tone of their area and must share a commitment to diverse, equitable, and inclusive art and design pedagogy. The position will begin July 1, 2023.


The candidate will be an accomplished practitioner and/or scholar in a relevant field of expertise (animation, comics, game, illustration, or interdisciplines amongst them), with a strong background in teaching and mentorship. The Associate Dean will maintain faculty status and will teach in addition to administrative responsibilities.


The Associate Dean of Entertainment Design will be a part of a strategic leadership team that collaborates to provide a distinct, challenging, and inclusive learning culture. This team reports to the Dean of Academics and is responsible for developing shared curriculum and efficiencies around introductory, technical, conceptual and professional learning outcomes for all students.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following:


Pedagogical Effectiveness: In alignment with benchmarks set by the Dean of Academics:

  • Establish learning outcomes for shared curriculum in departments reporting to the them and across the institution
  • Implement assessment of learning outcomes for areas of responsibility
  • Develop shared curriculum for departments reporting to the associate dean as well as with the team of associate deans and academic directors for all CCAD students
  • Lead initiatives to create relevant, marketable new academic programs
  • Prepare and participate in triennial Academic Program Review processes for departments reporting to the associate dean, with responsibility to ensure that recommendations from the APR are addressed


Student Recruitment, Engagement & Retention: As requested and needed by Enrollment Management and Student Affairs:

  • Meet with prospective students and parents
  • Participate in on campus recruiting events
  • Engage with new students at orientation events
  • Respond to student input about departments reporting to the associate dean
  • Support Student Affairs and student organizations in retention efforts


Faculty recruitment & mentoring: In alignment with benchmarks established by the Dean of Faculty:

  • Lead faculty recruitment efforts including DEI initiatives
  • Support faculty retention efforts in mentoring, community building, and development and enrichment activities
  • Complete the faculty evaluation process for program chairs; manage or delegate full-time and adjunct faculty evaluations, including classroom observations, in reporting departments


Educational Resources: As directed by the Dean of Academics:

  • Undertake strategic planning related to area-specific resources. Examples include space planning and resource allocation in coordination with the Faculty Director of Academic Operations and in alignment with procedures established by CFO and VPPO
  • Coordinate with the Faculty Director of Academic Operations regarding multidisciplinary classroom needs and course scheduling
  • Coordinate with the Faculty Director of Academic Operations to determine equitable budget planning for programs in the areas of responsibility and throughout the college


External Engagement

  • Establish experiential learning requirements with Corporate & Community Partnerships and Career Services
  • Maintain connections with alumni in the major(s) through events and outreach
  • Represent the college as needed, in particular related to the capital campaign



Directly supervises program chairs in Animation, Comics & Narrative Practice, Game Art & Design, and Illustration, as well as full-time and/or adjunct faculty within the unit not assigned to a program chair. Carries supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the college’s policies and applicable laws as well as CCAD’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.



  • Terminal degree for the field of expertise.
  • Experience teaching in higher education required. Associate Professor rank preferred.
  • Active engagement with relevant contemporary art or design practice in business, education, and/or scholarship with a reputation in engagement via publications and presentations in national and international venues required.
  • Knowledge of best practices in higher education and leadership experience in higher education required. Previous department chair experience preferred.
  • Proven track record of leading in a culturally competent manner, working with diverse groups, and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural perspectives preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and facilitate meetings, as well as experience working collectively to achieve positive results and ability to perform multiple tasks in a calm, effective manner.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to listen to divergent views while building consensus and collegiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to work at the macro strategic level and the micro detail level.



  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk between campus buildings. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.



  • While performing the job duties, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



  • A cover letter that articulates the ways their experience fits the role as well as highlights of their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A CV including names/contact details for three references.


Review of applications will begin on November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants may reach out to Dean of Academics, Dr. Jennifer Schlueter <>, for more information about the position.

CCAD Vaccination & Booster Requirement Notice

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is committed to protecting our students, employees, and our communities from COVID-19. Toward that goal, and in consideration of guidance released by the state of Ohio, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a variety of public health authorities and professional organizations, CCAD is implementing a vaccination & booster requirement policy for its students and employees.

All employees, including on-campus, hybrid, or fully remote status, are required to receive the Covid-19 vaccination and booster shot (if eligible) as determined by CCAD and provide proof of their fully vaccinated/up to date status upon hire.

Reasonable Accommodation: Employees in need of an exemption from this policy requirement due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, must request a Request for Accommodation form from Human Resources to begin the interactive accommodation process. Accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and/or granted where they do not cause CCAD undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

Please direct any questions regarding this notice to Human Resources at

*CCAD reserves the right to modify, supplement, revise, or rescind any part of this notice as it deems necessary or appropriate with notification.


About CCAD:

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, accredited, and nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States. CCAD offers 11 BFA programs in a variety of visual art and design disciplines, a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, and a Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and commerce at the highest level. At the core of CCAD is The CCAD Way, one of Creative Collaboration, Intentional Inclusivity, and Proven Potential. Our Core Values of Respect, Positivity, Inspiration, and Accountability unite us. CCAD’s Presidential Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion works to help CCAD grow with intention into a more inclusive and equitable institution. Learn more at

About Columbus:

As the 14th largest city in the country and the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio, Columbus is collaborative, open, and dynamic. Between incredible arts and entertainment, exciting collegiate and professional sports, and a spectacular downtown riverfront of sprawling greenspace, Columbus has something for everyone. Here, you’ll find all the culture and amenities you’d expect in a major city, with the friendly and approachable attitude of the Midwest. Franklin County, where Columbus is located, is the epicenter of the state’s political, economic, and social presence and is home to 1.3 million residents with a median age of 34. Columbus is a top city for equality and was the recipient of a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign in 2020. And central Ohio is serious about higher education: the Columbus region is home to 52 college and university campuses, with 22,000 annual college graduates. Because CCAD is closely tied to the city’s numerous art and design spaces and ever-expanding districts, you’ll have plenty of places to experience creativity and showcase your own.

EEO Statement:

As an educational and cultural institution, a culture of equity and inclusion is not an add-on at CCAD, rather it is central to how we define creative excellence and the health of our institution. CCAD believes that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. At CCAD, we are determined to foster an environment of inclusion and equity. CCAD is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

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