University of Texas at Austin — Director of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music

The College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, appointment effective in the 2022-2023 academic year.

We seek a nationally/internationally recognized artist-scholar who is active in research or artistic practice and is qualified to hold the rank of full professor with tenure. The Director is the primary academic, administrative, and external affairs officer of the Butler School of Music and reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. The Director will be responsible for leading the School in all aspects of teaching, research, artistic vision, and service and will guide the School’s efforts to:

  • build a shared vision for the Butler School by providing bold, inclusive, and collaborative leadership;
  • recruit, retain, and support a diverse faculty, staff, and student body in ways that promote an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment;
  • expand its curricular and programmatic offerings to better reflect the increasing diversity of scholarship and performance in the field;
  • plan strategic advances in the quality, reputation, diversity, and affordability of undergraduate, graduate, and non-majors’ programs; and will
  • administer the School’s approximately $15 million budget;
  • actively participate in a collaborative administrative team in the College;
  • provide exemplary support for the well-being and professional advancement of all employees;
  • foster positive relationships between the School and its various local, regional, and national constituencies, and forge new relationships with underrepresented groups;
  • advocate for the Butler School and the music professions within the university and beyond.

We encourage applications from candidates belonging to groups that are underrepresented in higher education leadership, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA community.

The ideal candidate will hold a terminal degree in a relevant music discipline and must demonstrate evidence of:

  • professional and/or academic accomplishments as a performer, scholar, or teacher commensurate with the rank of full professor with tenure;
  • a distinguished record of music administrative leadership in higher education;
  • an optimistic view of the future of music in society and the ability to forge partnerships and build consensus toward advancing the goal of diversifying the music community in higher education;
  • a record of working productively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities, and demonstrated success in increasing diversity, equity, access and inclusion in music;
  • effective advocacy for the role of the arts in contemporary society;
  • administrative skills that overcome obstacles and accomplish strategic goals in a complex environment;
  • respect for shared governance along with an ability for decision making;
  • an eagerness to foster and nurture partnerships within the College of Fine Arts and the university;
  • an approachable and engaging manner that can attract support and advocacy to the Butler School.

Application Instructions
Formal review of materials will begin on 10 November 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received after 10 November will be reviewed as needed.

To recommend an individual for this position, please send letters of nomination by email to Robert A. Duke, PhD, Search Committee Chair, at

To apply for the position, please submit the following to Interfolio <>:

  1. A letter of interest that addresses your qualifications for the position, including your contributions to diversity in your teaching, service, and creative efforts, and your views about the future of music as a discipline and the preparation of aspiring artists, teachers, and scholars in the field;
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV) or professional résumé (please include live links to publications, if applicable); and,
  3. Contact information for three references (letters will be requested only for finalists).

You may direct questions to the search committee chair. All applications must be submitted via Interfolio. The successful candidate will undergo a thorough background check.

About the Butler School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin
The Butler School of Music has a diverse student body of approximately 350 undergraduates, 110 masters and 150 doctoral students and offers BA, BM, MM, MA, DMA, and PHD degrees, as well as Artist Diplomas and K-12 teaching certification. As an integral part of the thriving Austin music scene, the Butler School of Music offers an array of programs that prepare artists, scholars, and teachers to make profound contributions to music through engaging study and exceptional performance experiences. The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship, tier-one, research institution, situated in Austin, Texas, a city known for its charm, quality of life and active engagement with the arts. Students at The University of Texas at Austin are admitted to the undergraduate and graduate programs from a highly competitive and imaginative pool of applicants. To learn more about the Butler School of Music, we invite you to explore our vibrant community on our website:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.