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Founded on a shared passion and advocacy for the arts and a commitment to excellence in leadership, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) is a multi-national alliance of executive arts administrators representing institutions of higher education.

Your institution is invited to renew its membership for what is sure to be an engaging and worthwhile calendar year of membership, focusing on Deans Helping Deans. To determine whether or not your institution holds a current membership, please see our membership directory, beneath this “Membership” tab.

Associate Membership is held by additional academic arts administrators (associate deans, assistant deans, department chairs, etc.) on behalf of the institution whose unit holds an Institutional Membership. The Associate member receives the full benefits of the organization, including discounted membership conference registration, but would not have voting privileges. There is no limit to the number of Associate members from any unit holding Institutional Membership.

Benefits of membership include, but are not limited to:

  • Discounted registration fee to attend our Annual Conference. 86 percent of survey respondents responded that the 51st Annual Conference of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans met expectations, and also stated "My participation at this conference will enhance my job performance." 93 percent stated that the registration fee was worth the quality of the Conference. Mark your calendar now for our 52nd Annual Conference October 21 – 24 in Atlanta's Midtown District.
  • International Symposiums. The ICFAD triennial international summer symposiums are informative and educational experiences that address global issues in the arts. The programs take advantage of the unique cultural aspects of the selected host sites and involve arts administrators, artists and government leaders of the area. The cultural enrichment that ICFAD's international members bring to the organization can be highlighted through the venues that are selected for the symposium. Plan to join us as we travel to China in 2017.
  • Donor Development events. Members are cordially invited to join colleagues for Spoleto 2015 and other events annually, and encouraged to bring donors or potential donors. These events are great opportunities to express your appreciation, and to cultivate deeper relationships through special experiences with the arts.
  • Top-notch Continuing Education. 100 percent of survey respondents who attended the Development Workshop in 2014 said that the program met or exceeded expectations. Mentoring Initiatives for New Deans (MIND) provides valuable small-group discussions about real world experiences for Deans of fewer than three years with experienced mentors. The Fellows Program inspires enthusiasm for leadership opportunities while providing a venue for those who are considering a transition into administrative roles in arts higher education to learn and practice elements of academic leadership.
  • Two formats for interactive Dean e-discussion. Communications from the Member Forum and our e-list are stored on our website for future reference, at your convenience and as needed.
  • Representation at national Arts Advocacy meetings and events. Your ICFAD Board of Directors and Executive Director are in touch with leaders from Americans for the Arts, as well as other membership-based associations reaching arts administrators in higher education on an on-going basis.
  • Representation at The Working Group on the Arts in Higher Education (WGAHE). Annually, trustees of the Council of Arts Accrediting Associations (CAAA), the Executive Committee of ICFAD, and their Executive Directors meet to discuss accreditation issues facing institutions of higher education. The CAAA Trustees are the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the four arts accrediting associations, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).
  • Complimentary Job Postings. Share opportunities at your institution with our members by e-mail and website posting for 90 days. Receive opportunities at other institutions by e-mail, as they are posted.
  • Communications throughout the year. Letting you know what other institutions are doing for their students, faculty and communities. And sharing with you how the Deans are getting it done!
  • Comprehensive data from our annual Executive Data Exchange. Formerly known as the Salary Survey, the questions and results have expanded to include information about budgets, staffing, programming and salaries from arts institutions of higher education.
  • Relationship building with colleagues. Collaborative efforts in ensuring transferability of fine arts credits from community colleges; developing entrepreneurship and creative industries programs; personnel challenges; striving to achieve innovations in social justice; strengthening university – community partnerships in the arts; and more were some of the issues addressed collaboratively this year.
  • Searchable on-line membership directory. Share the "Find an ICFAD Member" feature with your Administrative Assistant. It's quick and easy. No log-in required.
  • The opportunity to include a photograph of an arts program from your institution on our website. Simply send your favorite horizontal shot to alison@icfad.org.

Please click here to print a membership application and an invoice to complete and return with your payment by check.

Institutional Membership ($450)

Institutional Membership is held by the chief executive arts administrator of the academic unit or a designee on behalf of the institution. This membership receives the full benefits of the organization and holds the voting privileges of the unit.

Recognizing that some institutions organize the arts disciplines into separate schools or colleges, with each reporting directly to the Chief Academic Officer, ICFAD also invites membership from institutions that have other administrative structures. In instances where institutions have more than one institutional representative, each Institutional Representative has one vote.

Click here to complete the Institutional Membership application. In doing so, you will also have the ability to include additional members of your staff as Associate Members.

Associate Membership ($150)

Associate Membership is held by additional academic arts administrators (associate deans, assistant deans, etc.) on behalf of the institution whose unit holds an Institutional Membership. The Associate member receives the full benefits of the organization, including discounted membership conference registration, but would not have voting privileges. There is no limit to the number of Associate members from any unit holding Institutional Membership.

Click here to add Associate members to your existing Institutional Membership.

Affiliate Membership: Non-Profit ($200)

Affiliate Membership is granted to non-profit organizations that are also engaged in arts advocacy activity. We look forward to partnering with you.

Click here to complete the Affiliate: Non-Profit application.

Affiliate Membership: Corporate ($500)

Corporations wishing to market their products or services to the Deans and other members of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans are invited to do so by joining at this level.

Click here to complete the Affiliate: Corporate application.

Distinguished Service

Distinguished Service designation is awarded by the Board to ICFAD members, who have served as deans, associate deans, or assistant deans, and have returned to the faculty, or transitioned to Provost or President position, having provided leadership for ICFAD or having been a long-time member. Distinguished Service recognition shall have the same rights, privileges and obligations as Associate members.

Emeritus Membership

Emeritus membership is awarded by the Board to ICFAD members in good standing who have served as deans and associate deans and have retired from higher education or have returned to the faculty. Emeritus Recognition shall have the same rights, privileges and obligations as Associate members.