Job Opportunity: Dean, O’More College of Architecture, Art, and Design

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Wanted: Dean, O’More College of Architecture, Art, and Design

Belmont University | Nashville, TN

Belmont University seeks an accomplished architect to become the inaugural dean of the O’More College of Architecture, Art, and Design overseeing programs in:

  • Architecture – a new B. Arch. program scheduled to enroll the first cohort of students in fall 2020 (pending approval of SACSCOC)
  • Art – B.A. programs in Art History and Art, as well as B.F.A. programs in Art Education, Design Communications, Experiential Design, and Studio Art
  • Fashion – BFA programs in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising
  • Interior Design – BFA in Interior Design

The appointment will be as a tenured, professor of architecture and is anticipated to begin on June 1, 2019, or as soon thereafter as possible. This inaugural position will serve both as the Dean of the College and as the Chair of the Department of Architecture and will be a leader in developing Belmont’s new Bachelor of Architecture program. The individual selected for the position will help to shape an innovative, undergraduate, accredited architecture program as well as a thriving art and design unity while establishing a vibrant creative community in the college. This is an opportunity to impact art, design and architecture in Nashville, while influencing the regional and national design/architecture community. The chosen candidate will accomplish these tasks while demonstrating a strong commitment to the vision, values, purpose and strategic priorities of the University and the College. This 12 month appointment reports to the Provost and will be expected to teach at least one course each year while being granted time for administrative responsibilities.

The O’More College of Architecture, Art, and Design is expected to become an emerging power within the Nashville design community with the expectation that the programs in the college will grow to greater national prominence as a premier architecture, art, and design program. Located in the heart of Nashville’s booming economy, the O’More College of Architecture, Art, and Design will be an academic community where beauty and function live together and are allowed to meld and grow. The O’More College will immerse students in creativity while urging students to expand their intellectual and creative talents so that they contribute to our world through purposeful and meaningful design through their professional careers.


  • Terminal degree in Architecture (M. Arch) or equivalent. May have additional degrees in related fields. Architectural Licensure required.
  • Preference given to candidates with
    – experience in developing undergraduate architecture and design curriculum that meets CIDA, NASAD, NAAB, and SACSCOC accreditation standards.
    – experience in design studio and lecture course instruction in architecture at the undergraduate levels.
    – leadership experience at the program or chair level in a college or university setting.


  • Supervise all faculty in the Department of Architecture, and, with the Associate Dean of the College, all faculty in the O’More College of Architecture, Art, and Design.
  • Accountable for program leadership and management and responsible for focusing the energies of the entire faculty of the unit to best align its mission with that of the college and university.
  • Responsible for providing leadership toward the achievement of the highest possible level of excellence in the College’s teaching, research/creative work, leadership, and service.
  • Articulate the goals of the College, both within and outside the College.
  • Maintain a climate that is collegial, respects diversity, treats faculty, staff and learners fairly, and supports creativity and innovation.
  • Represent the College at the university leveles and work closely with the chairs to represent the needs and expectations of the College to students and faculty.

The incoming Dean will direct the daily operation of the architecture program, supervise department faculty, collaborate with the Director, and work with faculty members in the O’More College of Architecture, Art, and Design to develop and implement curriculum for all programs int he college. Specific duties include:

  • Provide an advisor role for program development.
  • Oversee accreditation reviews, reporting and processes.
  • Assist the Office of the Provost and the Office of Human Resources to recruit and hire faculty, staff, and adjunct faculty.
  • Develop appropriate policies, procedures, and processes that align with University policy.
  • Manage and develop the departmental budget.
  • Assist Admissions in helping to recruit students.
  • Lead the advancement of architecture pedagogy.
  • Administer and coordinate all department full-time faculty annual reviews in consultation with the Associate Dean and the department chairs.
  • Assist in various tasks related to graduation, alumni relations, marketing, and communication.
  • Teach at least three (3) hours in architecture following the first year of the appointment.
  • Oversee physical facilities.
  • Work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, and students to advance the goals of the college within the mission and vision of the university.
  • Perform other institutional duties as assigned by the Provost.

For additional information about the position and to complete the online application, candidates are directed to In order to complete the online application process, attach an electronic version of a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Philosophy, a list of five professional references with contact information, and a Response to Belmont’s Mission, Vision, and Values statement, articulating how the candidate’s knowledge, experience, and beliefs have prepared him/her to contribute to a Christian community of learning and service.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a finalist has been selected. References will only be contacted with the consent of the candidate. All materials and nominations will be handled in a confidential manner. Letters of nomination for the position should be sent electronically to

The O’More College of Architecture, Art, and Design at Belmont University will become the tenth academic college of the University. As a newly formed entity, the College is expected to be a vibrant creative community serving undergraduate and graduate students by providing nationally recognized, accredited programs in Architecture, Art, and Design through the departments of Architecture, Art, Fashion, and Interior Design. The College will initially include approximately 250 students across these programs with an expectation of significant growth. With an initial complement of more than a dozen faculty, and the commitment to add several more faculty as programs grow, the College is expected to provide an innovative curriculum delivered by dynamic teachers, who provide a 21st century path for student excellence, artistry, and creativity in an inclusive student-centered, Christian environment.

Belmont University is a comprehensive, co-educational university located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a student-centered Christian university focusing on academic excellence that seeks to attract an active, culturally, and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of faith. Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a “Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 8,000 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to  meet the world’s needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, 19 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon.

Belmont University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse learning community of committed Christians from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Under federal law, the university may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its purposes. Belmont’s Office of Human Resources actively pursues an annual affirmative action plan that outlines the university’s commitment to hiring women, minorities, veterans, and disabled individuals in all positions. The selected candidate for this position will be required to complete a background check satisfactory to the University. Find out more at