Dean for the College of Arts & Media

About the Search

The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) seeks an innovative, strategic, and equity-minded leader to serve as the dean of the College of Arts and Media (CAM). This is an exciting opportunity for the dean to engage the CAM community in reimagining its future while elevating and celebrating its strengths. The college is poised for growth and the community will welcome a visionary, collaborative, and tech-forward leader to foster an environment where creativity and innovation can thrive.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Constancio Nakuma, the dean will join the university at a time of great momentum and change as CU Denver has prioritized reaching its fullest potential as a public urban research university by 2030. The incoming dean will be expected to lead, inspire and unify the College of Arts and Media around a distinctive vision that highlights and deepens the college's partnerships with and impact in the local Denver arts community and in the region. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong familiarity with the evolving national arts and media industry landscape and workforce needs, and possess the ability to envision and seize the transformative educational opportunities they present to higher education at large and to the College of Arts and Media specifically for strengthening existing programs and developing new and innovative programs. The dean will be seasoned in successfully leading organizational change in a complex academic environment and will demonstrate a commitment to promoting student success and faculty excellence in teaching, and scholarship.

Search Committee Membership

Paul Teske, PhD, Dean, School of Public Affairs
Committee Members
Jeremy Brown, Senior Instructor and Program Director, Digital Animation Center, Visual Arts, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
Cynthia Cazanas-Garin, Assistant Professor, Film and Television, CAM
Renee Davis, Alumna, Community Member
Carol Golemboski, Professor, Visual Arts, CAM
Erin Hackel, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, MEIS, CAM
Dan Hodges, Associate Professor, MEIS, CAM
Cinthya Ippoliti, University Librarian and Director, Auraria Library
Karen Ludington, Assistant Dean for Business & Operations, CAM
Emily Owens, Alumna and CAM Advisor, CAM
Tatiana Torres, Student, CAM representative on Student Government Association
Joyce Tsai, Director, Clyfford Still Museum
Yang Wang, Assistant Professor of Art History, Visual Arts, CAM
Jacob Welch, MSU Theatre and Dance
Teri Wilson, Director of People Operations/HR, CAM

Search Timeline

September, 2023Search Committee Meeting 1
Provost Nakuma charges search committee, gives overview of process and timeline
Early October Search Committee Meeting 2
Search updates and feedback from the marketplace
Preparation for candidate review
Mid-October Search Committee Meeting 3
Selection of candidates for interviews
Preparation for first-round virtual interviews
Late OctoberFirst-Round Virtual Candidate Interviews
and selection of finalist candidates

Provost Virtual Conversations
Provost conducts virtual meetings with selected candidates
Early NovemberWittKieffer conducts referencing on finalists
NovemberSecond-Round/Campus Interviews with Finalists
November 27Search Committee Meeting 4
Discussion of finalists/report out to Provost
On or before July 1, 2024Official Start Date

For Candidates

Find the leadership profile here

Candidates with questions about the position may contact Sarah Palmer, Bree Liddell and Robin Mamlet at


May 9, 2023: Search Update

April 3, 2023: Search Update

January 23, 2023: Search Update

June 30, 2022: College of Arts & Media Update

Chancellor’s Office

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Suite 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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