Brown University seeks three visionary leaders to serve as tenured department chairs for a unique cluster hire, as part of the newly established Brown Arts Institute (BAI). This is an open-field search for three senior arts scholar-practitioners. We seek to recruit a dynamic configuration of faculty members with complementary scholarly and artistic interests to lead three departments: Literary Arts, Modern Culture and Media, and Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. They will contribute half of their effort (teaching, programming, etc.) to the Brown Arts Institute and will be appointed with tenure in their respective department at the level of associate or full professor.
This is an exciting moment for interdisciplinary teaching in the arts at Brown, which has embarked on an ambitious set of investments in its arts faculty and facilities. Long known for cutting-edge and innovative interdisciplinary practice and scholarship, and a history of visionary and trend-setting programs, the arts at Brown are both studied and practiced, with scholarship that is both critical and creative. Building on the Brown Arts Initiative launched in 2016, the establishment of the Brown Arts Institute in 2021 cements the role of the arts at the heart of Brown's distinctive Open Curriculum by providing original creative collaborations, interdisciplinary programs, and innovative and bold engagement with important artistic, social, and environmental issues at Brown and beyond. At the core of the BAI are the founding goals of supporting arts that are experimental, collaborative,andengaged.
To expand Brown's legacy of enriching tradition by supporting all that is experimental, forward-thinking and cutting-edge in the arts
To facilitate greater opportunity for collaboration across arts departments, among artists, with other academic fields, and with external partners locally, nationally and globally
To enhance opportunities for engaged, activist artists and scholars whose work responds to contemporary issues
We are interested in internationally-recognized candidates with a proven track record in administrative leadership and outstanding artistic and/or scholarly contributions, who will chair a department and collaborate with other arts department chairs to build a comprehensive approach to artistic production, interpretation, and education at Brown. Successful candidates will be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, and have a demonstrated investment in diversity and inclusion.
Applicants should submit the following materials via Interfolio:
Letter of interest describing research, teaching, artistic interests and/or creative practice, as well as relevant administrative experience
Current curriculum vitae
Names of three references whom the search committee may contact later in the process
Letters of interest should explicitly address the candidate's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, but applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled or the search is closed.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Engineering, School of Public Health, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.