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Chair, Department of Music

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Chair, Department of Music
College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop University

Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for Chair of the Department of Music within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The ideal candidate currently holds the rank of associate or full professor with a record of effective administrative leadership, excellent teaching, productive scholarship, and meaningful professional stewardship. The chair serves as a member of the college administrative leadership team reporting to the dean, and works collaboratively with 18 full-time department faculty, plus staff members and department chairs of Design, Theatre and Dance, and Fine Arts, to develop and implement strategic initiatives, curricula, and policies. This is a 10.5-month tenure-track faculty appointment beginning August 2019 with a teaching requirement and reassigned time granted for administrative responsibilities.

The ideal candidate has the following qualities and experiences: an obvious passion for music and commitment to excellence within the discipline; defining and implementing a strategic vision for music programs at Winthrop with the goal of enhancing its strengths and keeping it competitive with respect to today's challenging academic climate; commitment to creating a culture of collaboration; the importance of the role of new technologies in the teaching and practice of music; the ability to bridge faculty and administrative roles and interests; experience with faculty development promoting teaching effectiveness and professional, creative, and scholarly activity; academic advising experience; and experience in program assessment, student and course assessment, and NASM accreditation.

Winthrop offers both undergraduate and graduate music degree programs, as well as extensive opportunities for performance in one of our many and varied ensembles. Additionally, we produce over 100 performances annually. Undergraduate degree programs include Bachelor of Music in Performance (wind instruments, percussion, strings, piano, organ, voice, and guitar); Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental, Choral); Bachelor of Music in Composition; and Bachelor of Arts in Music (Performance, Music Technology). Graduate programs include Master of Music in Conducting; Master of Music in Performance; and Master of Music Education. The Music programs are accredited nationally by the National Association of Schools of Music (held since 1940), the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). The department runs the Academy of Music each year, providing quality musical instruction to the communities surrounding York County, SC and to serve as a professional training lab to foster a lifelong appreciation of music by offering traditional, private weekly lessons to pre-college students.

Winthrop Music facilities include the Conservatory of Music; Music Library; the 200-seat Frances May Barnes Recital Hall; and the historic 3,000 seat Byrnes Auditorium, built under the Works Project Administration in 1939 and currently under renovation. Within Byrnes auditorium is the four-manual David Bancroft Johnson Memorial Organ, an Aeolian-Skinner, finished and signed by G. Donald Harrison in 1955. In the initial planning stages is the SMaR+T building (Studios for Making, Research + Technology in the Arts), which will include a music rehearsal hall, audio and image recording and editing facilities, and a screening theater.

Position Responsibilities

-Serve as the senior academic and administrative officer for the department
-Provide strategic and operational direction for the department
-Manage departmental activities and programs
-Recruit, mentor, and evaluate faculty members, adjunct instructors, and administrative support personnel
-Promote the program to internal and external audiences, potential students, potential donors, professional partners, and future employers
-Develop course schedules for the department
-Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in areas of expertise
-Engage in scholarly activity and professional stewardship
-Serve on the College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean's Council
-Oversee curriculum development and program assessment
-Other duties as assigned by the Dean


-Terminal degree in a discipline within the Department of Music
-Evidence of relevant administrative experience
-A record of teaching, scholarship, and professional engagement commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor
-5-7 years teaching experience at the post-secondary level
-Experience working collaboratively and effectively with faculty, students, administrators, staff, and external constituencies
-Experience in curricula development and program assessment
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Excellent interpersonal skills
-Experience with and knowledge of assessment
-Experience with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
-Excellent Leadership capabilities and supervisory skills

Application Instructions

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Application review will begin on September 10, 2018. Applications received after this start of review may be considered if an acceptable candidate is not identified. Start date is August 1, 2019.

Complete applications should be submitted electronically at apply.interfolio.com/50814  and should include:

-a cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position
-a current curriculum vitae
-a one-page statement describing the candidate's teaching and administrative philosophy
-the names, email and phone numbers of three references familiar with the candidate's qualifications
-transcript and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts acceptable at this stage)

References will not be contacted without the candidate's prior consent. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Questions about the position and nominations should be directed to Daniel Gordon, chair of the search committee: [email protected]

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Winthrop University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is the academic home to over 600 undergraduate students majoring in dance, design, studio arts, music, and theatre, and approximately 35 graduate students in six graduate programs and one post-baccalaureate certificate program. The College currently employs over 50 full-time faculty as well as part-time lecturers, all practicing professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Winthrop is one of only seventeen universities in the United States and the only public or private institution in South Carolina with all five of its undergraduate and graduate arts programs nationally accredited (NASAD, NAST, NASD, NASM and CIDA). In addition, Winthrop's arts education programs in art, music, theatre, and dance are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For the 25th consecutive year, CVPA has welcomed gifted and talented students in grades 6-8 for an artistic summer filled with music, dance, design, drama and photography to participate in ST-ARTS, guiding students through the process of conceptualizing and creating art. The S.C. State Department of Education has cited Winthrop's summer arts program as a model, and ST-ARTS was a 1993 nominee for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for excellence in arts education. Since its inception in 1989, the program has served more than 8,500 middle-school students. Winthrop has partnered for over 30 years with the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project, which provides leadership to achieve quality, comprehensive arts education (dance, music, media arts and design, theatre, visual arts and creative writing) for all students in South Carolina.The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Department of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University. Learn more about ABC project at www.abcprojectsc.com.

About Winthrop University
Founded in 1886 and located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Winthrop University offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. Having recently received national accolades for its diverse student body which closely mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity in the state and for its success in graduating students of color, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level through its degree-granting colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for the University's continuing development and shape Winthrop's continuing success.

Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the most recent U.S. News & World Report's ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region's economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts and business community. Winthrop's beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop's 18 Division I men's and women's sports.


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Posted: 10/22/2018
Application Due: 12/21/2018
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