The Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Music. The Chair’s initial appointment is three years with a reduced course-load, at the faculty rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure. The successful candidate may be reappointed for a second three-year term as Department Chair. The desired starting date is August 16, 2022, pending final budget approval.
The Department of Music seeks a dynamic, energetic leader with the ability to effectively engage faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies in a collegial and collaborative manner. The candidate will have record of excellence in teaching, academic leadership, faculty development, fundraising, and financial management. Salary and rank commensurate with education and experience.
The Chair represents the department as part of the college’s leadership team and is responsible for faculty and staff recruiting, development, retention, resource attainment, financial management, and stakeholder relationship management and in addition, serves as the department’s executive to the National
Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Working in partnership with the senior administration of the College of Fine Arts, the successful candidate will be expected to embrace and contribute to the mission of the University.
The Chair must be a creative intellectual leader, adept at building and supporting multi-disciplinary partnerships within a diverse community, knowledgeable in higher education issues, collaborative in developing team-focused, data-driven approaches to problem solving, and possess strong interpersonal skills.
• Earned M.M., D.M.A., or Ph.D. in an area (or a combination of areas) of music scholarship and/or performance;
• Record of professional accomplishments and scholarship that meet the qualifications for appointment to the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the college;
• Strong and sustained record of performance, creative, and/or scholarly research accomplishments (applicant may be asked to provide work samples such as a performance video or another form of publication);
• Demonstrated experience in administrative, personnel, and budgetary activities;
• Commitment to further developing the use of technology within the department;
• Evidence of effective community outreach and development, leadership, ability to forge partnerships, and build productive relationships with both campus and external constituencies including alumni.
About the University
• Commitment to helping students obtain a broad-based education;
• Experience in curriculum development, including collaboration and innovative pedagogies;
• Demonstrated ability to manage a complex academic organization and work effectively with colleagues across divisions;
• Experience in recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and staff, as well as team building, supervision, and staff support for professional development;
• Demonstrated commitment to student centered education and optimization of student learning;
• Commitment to global engagement in the arts, and the promotion of traditional as well as contemporary genres
Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral/research-intensive university located in Washington, D.C., and is widely recognized as one of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. This renowned urban research university offers a world-class curriculum that includes undergraduate degrees in 80 subject areas, master's degrees in 75 majors, doctoral degrees in 31 disciplines, and professional certification in 5 fields. The only comprehensive American university with a predominantly African-American constituency, Howard University is committed to preparing its students to not only be respected leaders in the national and global communities, but to also promote social justice and democracy the world over.
About the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts
Established in August 2021, The Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts is a creative academic environment: A space for collaboration among faculty, students and staff with comprehensive contemporary curricula, robust programs, and professional affiliations focused for the education, training, and development of Teachers who are Artists, Artists who are Scholars, and Scholars who are Aesthetic/Cultural Activists.
About the Department of Music
The Howard University Department of Music is a professionally oriented fine arts unit within a historically black private university. The department’s programs have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1941. Its purpose is to provide musical experiences of exceptional quality to students of high artistic and academic potential, with emphasis on the provision of educational and cultural opportunities. The Department of music boasts a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and maintains a strong commitment to excellence in scholarship, teaching, and outreach.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. For full consideration, please email a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references to [email protected] All documents should be in PDF format. Please address application to Prof. Connaitre Miller, Chair of Search Committee.
The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity, and Title IX should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources at (202) 238-5960.