Fellows Program 2018

ICFAD’s Career Development Committee is pleased to present The Fellows Program, a professional development program to promote a healthy and continuous pipeline of talented arts administrators who are prepared to move into leadership positions in our institutions.

A Fellows Education Program, "Strategies for Developing Leaders," is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, 2018 as part of the 55th Annual Conference of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, in Seattle. In addition to participating in the Fellows Educational Program, Fellows will be assigned a mentor from ICFAD membership with whom they meet throughout the Conference.

The Fellows Program will take place on the campus of Cornish College of the Arts.
1000 Lenora Street

When we transfer at 3:00, we will move to the Cornish Playhouse.
201 Mercer Street

The Fellows Program is proudly sponsored by

Goals of the Fellows Program

  • inspire enthusiasm for leadership opportunities in the arts in higher education;
  • encourage under-represented groups to pursue options in leadership positions;
  • provide a venue for those who are considering transitioning or have transitioned into administrative roles in arts higher education to learn elements of academic leadership; and
  • prepare Fellows to take full advantage of the ICFAD conference, adding tools to their leadership toolbox

Current Target Audience

Associate/Assistant Deans, Chairs, Program Directors and faculty who desire to learn more about the tasks of administration. Participants have demonstrated an interest in pursuing leadership in the arts, and are in or moving into a position of administrative responsibility. Examples of applicable administrative roles include but are not limited to: department chairs, program directors, division or area heads, faculty administrative interns, etc.

The Program Agenda / Wednesday, October 3, 2018

8:00 a.m.                              Board buses for travel to Cornish College of the Arts

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                   Continental Breakfast and Meet Your Mentors

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.                   Welcome/Introductions of Participants/Introduction of Panelists

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.                 Principles of Fiscal Management

This session is designed to give participants an overview of fiscal management principles that can be applied to any number of budget models.                                            

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.               Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      Conflict Resolution and Personnel Management

Where there are people there is conflict. This session gives some tools to help aspiring deans think about ways to manage conflict and work to build a more cohesive team of faculty and staff colleagues.   

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.                 Lunch with Mentors

                                                Enjoy one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.                   Introduction to Strategic Enrollment Management

                                                (Plenary session including Fellows and Mentors)

Deans as well as other academic leaders at all levels are increasingly involved in enrollment management decisions, and are increasingly concerned about enrollment impacts on budgets and other resources. This session is designed to introduce participants to the concept of strategic enrollment management, which includes the use of data and best practices for decision-making.

3:00 p.m.                              Board buses for travel to The Cornish Playhouse at 201 Mercer Street
                                              Product Demonstration – Wenger Corporation

4:00 p.m.                               Board buses to Hotel

Please click here for a printable agenda.


John R. Crawford-Spinelli, Dean
College of the Arts
Kent State University
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Jay W. Goff, Vice President for Enrollment and Retention Management
Saint Louis University
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George E Sparks, Dean
College of Visual and Performing Arts
James Madison University
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Raymond Tymas-Jones, President
Cornish College of the Arts

Nancy Uscher, Dean
College of Fine Arts
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Congratulations to those who have been nominated to be Fellows participating in this year’s program, and thank you to their Mentors

Please check back soon to see the list of participants.