Dean, Alabama School of the Arts


The University of Mobile seeks a Dean for its renowned Alabama School of the Arts (ASOTA). This position offers an exciting opportunity to join the academic leadership team of a leading Christ-centered academic community providing comprehensive liberal arts and professional programs. The start date is negotiable, but ideally the Dean will begin by July 2023. To be considered, candidates must exemplify a sound Christian faith and exhibit a commitment to UM’s mission and core values.

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Our core values are:  Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted, Distinctively-Driven.  The University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and our 880-acre wooded campus is located ten miles north of Mobile, Alabama. Additional information may be found on the University website:

With more than 150 undergraduate and graduate students, the Alabama School of the Arts is the premier arts school of the Southeast. It houses UM’s Departments of Music, Theatre, and Worship Leadership & Technology, offering a total of 19 undergraduate degree programs, four masters-level degree programs, and UM’s Doctor of Musical Arts program. Class sizes are small, and all students work directly with the School’s accomplished and dedicated faculty. ASOTA enjoys a long-standing reputation of academic and performance excellence in the Mobile area and beyond. Additional information may be found on the University website:

Reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the Alabama School of the Arts is a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, working collaboratively with Deans in the areas of healthcare, business, education, Christian studies, the arts and sciences to assure and increase the effectiveness of the academic programs.

Among the requirements for the ASOTA Dean are an earned terminal degree from an accredited institution; leadership and administrative experience in higher education at the chair level (or equivalent) or higher; a record of teaching and scholarship appropriate for the appointment to tenured professor in a discipline within the Alabama School of the Arts; and experience in modeling strategies to support and empower students, faculty, and staff. The ideal candidate should have accreditation experience (SACSCOC and NASM), academic strategic planning and budgeting, and community relationship building.

Applications and expressions of interest may be submitted electronically to Dr. Pamela Buchanan Miller, Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Mobile, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, AL 36613-2842 by March 20, 2023. Electronic submissions are preferred and may be sent to Application materials must include a completed University of Mobile Employment Application (, a current curriculum vita with references listed, and unofficial or official transcripts reflecting relevant coursework and credentials.

The University of Mobile does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and university-administered program.