Academic Department Head (Music & Dance)

Job description

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Job_Type: Full Time
Job_Number: 01860
Closing: Continuous
Location: Main Campus
Division: ACA

General Summary

The School of Music & Dance in the College of Arts Sciences at Eastern Michigan University seeks applications for the position of Director of the School of Music & Dance. The position is a twelve-month, tenured faculty appointment which begins July 1, 2019, at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

About EMU
Founded in 1849 as a teacher's college, EMU is a major learning and research institution with a distinct mix of comprehensive academic resources and strong community initiatives. We offer more than 250 undergraduate majors, minors and certificates, and more than 150 graduate programs to our approximately 20,000 students. Our ideal location exposes students to hundreds of world-class artistic performances in both Detroit and Ann Arbor.

The Eastern Michigan University School of Music & Dance seeks a visionary leader to serve as Director. The comprehensive School of Music & Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and offers the Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music Performance, Bachelor of Music Therapy, Bachelor of Arts Major, Master of Music in Composition, Master of Music in Music Education, Master of Music in Performance, Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, Dance Major (BA) in addition to minors in music, musical theatre and dance.

The School of Music & Dance is a highly active program with approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate students. The unit has 26 full-time faculty and 40 adjunct faculty members. The faculty and students of the School of Music & Dance produce more than 250 performances and presentations annually and promote a vibrant culture of research and scholarship. The School of Music & Dance is working toward an All-Steinway School distinction.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Prepare and monitor departmental budget for personnel services, supplies, maintenance and equipment and other grants and contracts.

Ensure alignment of departmental goals with college and university goals.

Provide departmental leadership in the development of new initiatives and programs and revision of existing ones.

Evaluate faculty performance for tenure, promotion and supplemental salary adjustment recommendations to the Dean of the College.

Plan, develop and schedule departmental course offerings.

Support students and faculty regarding such matters as curricular requirements, transfer of courses, availability of classes and academic problems and/or grievances.

Recruit and interview prospective faculty.

Advise and assist College Deans in program and policy development. Administer and manage department resources.

Participate in local, national and professional associations to continue personal academic development and promote the University.

Establish and maintain public relations activities with governmental, educational, civic and community agencies.

Cultivate alumni and other donor connections to and financial support for departmental projects and programs.

Approve departmental listings in graduate and undergraduate catalogs.

Consult with department faculty at periodic staff meetings.

Administer collective bargaining master agreements.

Teach a department course or equivalent during one or more semesters. Perform related Departmental duties as required.


Terminal degree in music or dance; outstanding record of teaching, scholarship or creative activity and service appropriate for appointment to the rank of associate professor with tenure at Eastern Michigan University; experience and demonstrated success in higher education administration, including budget and personnel management; a demonstrated commitment to artistic excellence, research, shared governance, collegiality and a willingness to engage faculty and staff in strategic planning, consensus building, and decision-making. Significant interest in and experience with development will be necessary for the EMU School of Music & Dance to thrive into the future. Candidates must demonstrate experience with, or a commitment to, diversity and inclusion.

Supplemental Information

Application materials should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, leadership philosophy statement, research statement, and contact information for three references.

Review of the documents will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Letters of reference should be emailed directly to Brandon Johnson, chair, School of Music & Dance Director Search Committee at [email protected]

Our Community~ Ypsilanti, Michigan
Eastern is located in the heart of Ypsilanti, a progressive city of 22,000 residents and a lively shopping, dining, arts and entertainment scene. The city center is divided into two districts: "Downtown" and "Depot Town", each with beautifully preserved historic areas and a unique, vibrant culture.

While longtime residents preserve Ypsilanti's rich heritage, an increasing number of young families are putting down roots and establishing new traditions. A local art incubator is a home to writers, musicians, painters, graphic designers, and other artists. Innovative solar power and sustainable gardening venues add to the richness of life downtown, which includes the city's two farmers' markets.

Ann Arbor, our neighboring community, offers another lively downtown with world-class museums, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Beyond these downtown districts are more than 23,000 acres of public park and recreation areas within Washtenaw County.

Eastern Michigan University offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance; a TIAA-CREF retirement plan with employer contributions; an outstanding vacation and time off policy; a tuition waiver program and much more.

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Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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