Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies

Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University


Peabody is currently inviting confidential applications and nominations for the position of  Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies. This position requires an experienced leader within higher education or the arts who will provide strategic direction to key areas of the Institute. The position reports to the Dean of Peabody, Fred Bronstein, and is an active and contributing member of the Dean’s Executive Team.

Johns Hopkins University is America’s first research university founded with the goal to encourage research and advance not only the knowledge of its students but human knowledge in general. The University was established in 1876 by Johns Hopkins, Baltimore’s greatest philanthropist who willed his $7 million estate to fund the university and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Johns Hopkins’ 6,500 faculty and 26,000 students’ study, teach, and learn in and across more than 260 programs regularly recognized as being among the nation’s best, including its 9th ranked undergraduate education among national universities according to U.S. News & World Report in 2022. Johns Hopkins is the leading U.S. academic institution in total research and development spending. In fiscal year 2020, the University performed $3.11 billion in medical, science, and engineering research. It has ranked number one in higher education research spending for the 42nd  year in a row according to the National Science Foundation.

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University comprises both the degree-granting Peabody Conservatory and the community-facing Peabody Preparatory, empowering musicians and dancers from diverse backgrounds to create and perform at the highest level. Founded in 1857 and affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University since 1977, Peabody is the oldest conservatory in the nation and has a storied history. Over the years, its landmark buildings have seen artists such as Peter Tchaikovsky, Anton Rubinstein, Igor Stravinsky, Nadia Boulanger, and Leonard Bernstein traversing its hallways. It counts André Watts, Philip Glass, James Morris, Hilary Hahn, Cyrus Chestnut, and Tori Amos among its illustrious alumni. Building on its rich history, Peabody extends the power of the performing arts and robust artistic training throughout the greater Baltimore community and around the world. Current Conservatory faculty includes leading artists such as Marin Alsop, Manuel Barrueco, Thomas Dolby, Richard Goode, Sean Jones, Marina Piccinini, and Pulitzer Prize winning composers Kevin Puts and Du Yun. The Peabody Preparatory, Baltimore’s premier community school for the performing arts, serves approximately 2,000 students of all ages and levels of ability.

Peabody is in the midst of a stimulating period of growth and is leading the way in adapting to the changes in the American and international performing arts landscape. Focused on the five pillars of excellence, interdisciplinary experiences, innovation, community connectivity, and diversity, Peabody has introduced the Breakthrough Curriculum into its rigorous core professional training to prepare flexible and innovative artists for 21st-century careers. As part of one of the world’s great research universities and medical institutions, Peabody is also taking a leading role in the field of performing arts medicine, advancing important initiatives in both arts-in-healthcare and clinical care for performing artists.

The  Senior Associate Dean will have responsibility for bringing together the academic and applied areas of the Institute under one umbrella, including the Conservatory Faculty, Conservatory Academic Affairs, Concert and Ensemble Operations, the Arthur Freidheim Library and Archive, Learning Innovation and the Peabody Preparatory. They will lead the development and implementation of a reinvigorated conservatory model that is financially sustainable and supports an increasingly selective, innovative, and outstanding professional program. The role will entail working on day-to-day issues with faculty and staff, and with the Dean and faculty on larger strategic issues as they relate to the academic and performance programs, faculty, and the overall education of our students.


  • A graduate degree in a relevant field with a level of education and experience appropriate to managing in a conservatory of music and dance and a preparatory of music and dance.
  • At least 10  years of progressively responsible and relevant experience to include 5 years in a university setting working with faculty.
  • A broad understanding of issues and best practice in higher education, particularly as they relate to music, dance and/or the performing or visual arts.
  • A broad understanding of issues and best practice for today’s community music and dance schools and continuing education in music and dance for all ages.
  • An ability to think boldly and creatively about evolving curricular needs in professional artist training.
  • Strong negotiating skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to communicate the vision, mission, and policy.
  • Experience in leading core functions through organizational change
  • Strong managerial, organizational, analytical, financial, project management and documentation skills.
  • Ability to interact with and successfully lead a diverse faculty, staff, and student populations across all organizational levels with a high degree of sensitivity, confidentiality, and professionalism.


The Search

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Although the search will remain open until the position is filled, candidate materials should be received as soon as possible. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described herein, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

Materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University’s consultant, Dr. Jonathan Fortescue of Park Square Executive Search, at Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Jonathan Fortescue, Ph.D., Managing Partner, Park Square Executive Search, LLC, 225 Franklin Street, 17th Floor, Boston, MA 02110. Phone: 617-401-2981.

Johns Hopkins is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.