Dean of the College of the Arts and Architecture

Dean of the College of the Arts and Architecture

Leadership Profile


The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial, and collaborative academic leader to serve as the inaugural dean of the College of the Arts and Architecture.

The College of the Arts and Architecture is committed to offering outstanding education for visual and performing artists, architects, and urban planners among diverse communities in Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin, and beyond through education, research, and community engagement.

As part of the university’s 2030 Action Plan, UWM has recently undergone a strategic realignment of schools and colleges. As a result, in 2023 the School of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Peck School of the Arts were combined to form what is now the College of the Arts and Architecture.

The College of the Arts and Architecture enrolls nearly 2,400 students across more than 82 degree, certificate, and minor programs. The college has 63 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 129 academic staff, 16 university staff, and a budget of over $21 million. Faculty expertise spans a wide array of disciplines, including Architecture; Art and Design; Dance; Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres; Music; Theatre; and Urban Planning. Additionally, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning is the only accredited architecture program in the state of Wisconsin.

As the only public research and access-mission institution in Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee is transforming the state and region by advancing equity through education and addressing societal issues through research and partnerships. UWM serves 23,000 students on multiple campuses and has the largest population of diverse students of any four-year campus in the state. The university is a leading contributor to Wisconsin’s workforce, providing highly skilled graduates in critical, high-demand areas. UWM has been named a top-tier research institution three times since attaining R1 status in 2016 and earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement classification. The UW System operates under shared governance practices whereby faculty, academic staff, university staff, and students all share in the immediate governance of their campus and actively participate in institutional policy development in collaboration with administrators and each other.

The next dean will articulate a vision and strategy for distinguishing the College of the Arts and Architecture as a leading school of architecture, urban planning, and the arts, charting a path for the college’s future. The dean will inspire excellence in teaching, research, practice, and service. In addition, the dean will foster community within the newly formed college which consists of two existing schools with rich histories and exceptional programs.

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The Search and Screen Committee invites applications to be submitted to the search firm assisting UWM. Review of completed applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should include a letter of application describing their relevant experiences and interest in the position, their complete curriculum vitae, and the names, titles, and phone numbers of at least five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. For optimal consideration applications should be received by March 15, 2024.

Please submit all nominations, applications, and communications to the firm assisting the search:

Porsha Williams, Vice President

Jacob Anderson, Senior Principal

Julia Butler-Mayes, Ph.D., Executive Recruiting Coordinator

Parker Executive Search

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UWM is a state agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. In certain circumstances, the identities of final candidates and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.