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

Nan Ellin, Dean, College of Architecture and Planning
Antwan JeffersonAssociate Dean for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion and Associate Professor, School of Education and Human Development
Committee Members
David Bondelevitch, Associate Professor, Music & Entertainment Industries, College of Arts & Media (CAM)
Michelle Carpenter, Chair & Professor, Visual Arts, CAM
Alice Crogan, Director of Marketing & Communications, CAM
Mitch Dickman, Alumnus & Denver Arts Community Member
Theo Edmonds, Associate Professor, Master of Humanities/ Social Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Deborah Jordy, Executive Director, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
Sean Koto, Visual Arts Section Administrator, CAM
Hamid Nekoui, Student, Film & Television, CAM
Andrew Palamara, Alumnus and Gallery Coordinator, CAM
Beth Pugliano, Senior Instructor of Art History, CAM
Nate Thompson, Interim Co-Dean, CAM

Cecilia Wu, Assistant Professor, Music & Entertainment Industries Studies

Search Timeline


October—November 2022

Intake Listening Sessions

  • WittKieffer search consultants meet with individuals and stakeholder groups

Mid November 2022

Search Committee Meeting 1

  • Provost Nakuma charges committee
  • Process and timeline overview
  • Discussion of opportunity

Late November 2022

Finalization of Leadership Profile

  • Search Committee and Provost review and finalize the leadership profile and ad
Late November 2022—Mid February 2023

Active recruitment period

Mid January 2023

Search Committee Meeting 2

  • Search updates and feedback from the marketplace
  • Equity in searches discussion
  • Preparation for candidate review

Late February 2023

Search Committee Meeting 3

  • Selection of candidates for first-round interviews

Early March 2023

WittKieffer conducts referencing on finalists

March 2023

First-Round Virtual Candidate Interviews

  • First-round virtual interviews and selection of finalist candidates

Late March 2023

Campus Interviews with Finalists

Late March/Early April 2023

Search Committee Meeting 4

  • Discussion of finalists
  • Report out to Provost Nakuma

For Candidates

Find the leadership profile here

Candidates with questions about the position may contact Sarah Palmer ( or Tracy Simon-Selander (


June 30, 2022: College of Arts & Media Update