Texas Tech University — Director of the School of Music and Professor

Texas Tech University
J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
School of Music

Position Announcement
Director of the School of Music and Professor

Position Number: T96745-00
Appointment: Tenurable, beginning fall 2018
Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin November 1
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The School of Music, within the Texas Tech University J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, seeks applications and nominations for an aspirational leader as Director of the School of Music at the rank of tenured, full professor. The ideal candidate will imaginatively lead a thriving environment that exemplifies the highest standards of an agile, creative, and scholarly community. The successful candidate will begin service in this full-time position at the beginning of the 2018 fall semester.

The successful candidate will:

  1. be a visionary leader who understands the role and possibilities of a 21st-century music program.
  2. demonstrate a commitment to musical excellence, scholarly rigor, shared governance, collegiality, a willingness to engage faculty in strategic planning and decision-making/
  3. promote a dynamic teaching environment.
  4. recruit, retain, and manage a diverse, inclusive and supportive faculty cohort and student body.
  5. foster interdisciplinary collaboration among disparate university colleges.
  6. demonstrate success in community outreach with local and civic arts organizations.
  7. represent the School of Music internationally, nationally, and regionally.
  8. engage in significant fundraising in collaboration with the Dean and Institutional Advancement, and provide leadership for a well-established Friends of Music and other support organizations.
  9. oversee the School of Music budget.
  10. collaborate with university and arts leaders/donors to guide the school to a new state-of-the-art facility.

Preferred Qualifications: 
Candidates who are nationally and/or internationally recognized with demonstrated leadership and administrative experience, a record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment and/or comparable achievements in music; significant organizational leadership and fiscal responsibility; an established record of advancing diversity; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor.

Texas Tech University: Texas Tech University is a public national research university with an enrollment of over 36,000. As a Carnegie-classified doctoral granting university with high research productivity, one of 99 U.S. institutions with this designation, Texas Tech offers over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 100 masters and 50 doctoral degree programs. Created by the Texas legislature in 1923, the university is located in Lubbock, a city of 236,000. The University is the only campus in Texas that is home to a research university, law school, and medical school.

The School of Music, with a full-time faculty of 56, enrolls 500+ majors and offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Music (performance, composition, theory, teacher certification), Bachelor of Arts, Master of Music (performance, conducting, composition, string pedagogy, piano pedagogy, theory, musicology), Master of Music Education (including a summer completion program), Doctor of Musical Arts (performance, conducting, composition, piano pedagogy), and Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts—Music with emphases in Music Education, Arts Administration, Music Theory, Musicology. The School of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music and is a unit of the College of Visual & Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.depts.ttu.edu/music.

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts comprises the School of Art, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre & Dance, accredited by NASAD, NASM, NAST, and NASD, respectively. TTU is the only public university in the state accredited in all four arts areas, and boasts many acclaimed alumni, including Susan Graham, Terry Cook, Ann Sanders, G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, Jennifer Smith, Scott Dadich, Susanne Klotz and D.J. Stout. With more than 120 faculty members and approximately 1,100 students, the College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the terminal M.F.A., D.M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.  Our unique Ph.D. program in Fine Arts provides interdisciplinary education in the visual & performing arts combined with philosophical aesthetics. For more information, visit www.vpa.ttu.edu.

Texas Tech University, established in 1923, is a Carnegie Highest Research Activity university and the largest comprehensive institution of higher education in the western two-thirds of the state (a region larger than 46 of the nation’s 50 states). The university’s 1,839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus, which serves approximately 36,000 students, is the only one in Texas that is home to a major university, law school and medical school. Lubbock, the hub of the South Plains, has a multicultural area population of almost 300,000 and offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and housing costs below the national average. The city supports a symphony orchestra; several museums; the Louise Helen Underwood Center for the Arts; numerous galleries; and a variety of music, dance, and theatre performances. Lubbock’s airport offers direct flights to Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Denver, and Las Vegas.

Apply online at http://www.texastech.edu/careers/

Please provide the following with your application:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of five references with contact information

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:
As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

Contact: Mark Charney, Professor and Director of Theatre and Dance, Chair of Director of Music Search Committee, 806-834-1683.

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