The University of Manitoba is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the next Dean, Desautels Faculty of Music and Director, School of Art.

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The School of Art offers studio and seminar-based courses which encourage and engage in interdisciplinary approaches from a diverse set of experiences and perspectives. Our focus is on the transformative potential in art making, thinking, and research, while preparing students for rich and engaged careers that both contribute to and extend contemporary discourses in art, art history, and design.

At the Desautels Faculty of Music, students are part of a thriving music community, working with accomplished professionals and exploring their talents and scholarly work in inspiring, leading-edge facilities. Students are able to explore the true depth and breadth of their talents and scholarly work as they prepare for a successful, fulfilling career in music or the arts.

The Role

 Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), this dual position as Dean, Desautels Faculty of Music and Director, School of Art, is a member of the University’s senior leadership team, and is responsible for the overall academic and administrative leadership of both the Faculty and School. The successful candidate will be an inspiring, transparent leader who will advance a shared vision that furthers UM priorities of Indigenous achievement; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and anti-racism. With a proven record of working collegially and collaboratively, the Dean/Director will demonstrate the ability to empower, support, and champion the scholarship and creative work of all faculty, staff, and students. A hallmark of the ideal candidate will be a willingness to become immersed in Winnipeg’s vibrant cultural community, and to advance the Faculty and School’s connections to the musical, fine arts, educational, and artistic landscape of the City of Winnipeg and Canada more broadly. The Dean/Director will possess a strong academic profile, senior administrative and leadership experience, and understanding of the broad range of artistic practice and education in the School of Art and Desautels Faculty of Music, including knowledge of historical and contemporary art practice, specifically art of the Canadian Plains and Indigenous art practice throughout North America.

The Ideal Candidate

 Recognizing that no one candidate is likely to meet all of the following qualifications in equal measure, they are desirable and will be used in the assessment of candidates for the position:

  • A terminal degree in Fine Arts or Music is required.
  • A record of creative or scholarly achievement consistent with a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
  • A distinguished record of creative works and/or research, scholarship, academic, teaching, administrative, and leadership experience in a unionized environment.
  • Experience with university-based undergraduate and graduate programs in Fine Arts and Music.
  • A demonstrated track record of service to the Fine Arts and Music community and profession;
  • Sound knowledge of Fine Arts and Music education and practice.
  • An understanding of and a proven commitment to Indigenous recruitment, retention, engagement, achievement, and overall success with consideration of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.
  • Demonstrated success in equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism and decolonial practices.
  • Familiarity with, and active work on, curriculum design and review, new academic program development and implementation, and program review and evaluation.
  • An understanding of current and emerging approaches to teaching and learning and a commitment to teaching excellence.
  • A proven track record of transparent leadership and consultation with faculty members and other stakeholders.

To learn more about this opportunity, contact Katherine Frank ( or Abbey MacLeod ( Completed applications can be submitted online at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.