Membership Benefits

ICFAD is the professional organization for deans and arts executives in higher education. We help members gain national and international perspectives on current challenges and opportunities. Through ICFAD, members build a dynamic network of colleagues.

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Benefits of ICFAD Membership include, and are not limited to:

  • An Annual ConferenceThe 57th Annual Conference is scheduled for Fall 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. After the two most recent conferences - in Seattle and Austin - 97 percent of survey respondents said, "My participation at this conference will enhance my job performance." The nature of ICFAD's Conference with approximately 250 professionals has been repeatedly referred to as 'an appreciated, intimately sized opportunity for learning from respected mentors and colleagues.'
  • Membership for everyone. Your Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Department Chairs Advancement Officers, International Program Officers, and Directors are welcome to participate as Associate Members.
  • Workshops and Seminars - on topics of an international nature; focused on fundraising for higher education in the arts; enhancing career trajectory; providing leadership development; and more.
  • Interactive member e-discussion
  • Complimentary Job Postings - and ONLY for members
  • Comprehensive data from our annual Executive Data Exchange. Data provides ICFAD members with information about budgets, staffing, programming and salaries from arts institutions of higher education.
  • Searchable on-line Membership Directory
  • Professional resources and trusted advisors in ICFAD's conference sponsors, who stand prepared to enhance and assist with your most important projects.
  • Relationship development and enhancement with other arts deans in higher education. Toolkit enhancement. Sharing of best practices.

ICFAD is for the Creative Leader in You. Here's a short video of member testimonials about the value of membership.

What Others Are Saying

"Time spent engaged with colleagues -- and post-conference, strengthening those relationships -- has allowed me to develop a network of peers I would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere."

"ICFAD Conferences allow me to return home with forward-thinking ideas, based on up-to-date information and professional development offerings about current issues impacting our profession."

"The data in the association's annual Executive Data Exchange summary has proved to be valuable during negotiations. It played a key role in bringing my salary up to par with that of my colleagues. I've heard of members using the data to secure additional development support, too."

"ICFAD's International Symposiums, including visits to international campuses, are life-changing."

"I have received great benefit from my experiences with ICFAD. Through participation in the annual conferences and international symposia, on the Board and on various committees, I have gained insights into the challenges and opportunities of my position, shared my expertise, and renewed and developed long-lasting professional and personal relationships."

"Being able to post position openings on the ICFAD website has led to two of our most successful hires."