Brea M. Heidelberg

Brea M. Heidelberg is an Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director for the Entertainment & Arts Management Program at Drexel University. She serves on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Arts Management. She is also a Board Member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, serving as Vice President and the chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force. Brea’s research and consulting work centers on diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the arts management ecosystem, sociology of the profession of arts management, and human resource management in arts and cultural organizations.

Assessing the Professoriate:
A Content Analysis of Academic Positions in Arts Management

The purpose of this study is to assess current requirements and desired qualifications described in the position descriptions for tenure-track arts management faculty jobs in the United States. This analysis is designed to address the following questions: 1.) What are the most common responsibilities and qualifications found in North American faculty positions in arts management? 2.) Does graduate education in the field prepare students for these jobs as described by their position descriptions? 3.) Do position descriptions in the field of arts management education adhere to the best practices of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)? 4.) Do arts management academic position descriptions reflect a diversity of experiences and pathways to academia?

Positions from three academic and professional online job lists from Fall 2017 to the present are being analyzed based on three factors: degree requirements/ preferences, number of years of prior work experience, and task requirements. Additional analysis will be conducted to determine the top phrases and terms used regarding expertise, working environments, qualifications, and EDI. Results from the initial stages of analysis will be compared to the Association of Arts Administration Educator’s Graduate Standards and the published curricula of Doctorate programs in the field. This work will contribute to ongoing conversations about continued professionalization of the field of arts management and its place in the academy

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