Pennsylvania State University — School of Music Director (Academic Administrator)

School of Music Director (Academic Administrator)

Director, School of Music | College of Arts and Architecture | The Pennsylvania State University

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The College of Arts and Architecture seeks candidates who are visionary and collaborative for the position of Director of the School of Music. The successful candidate will hold a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in an appropriate disciplinary unit within the School of Music. This full-time, 48-week administrative position will report to the dean of the College of Arts & Architecture.


Key responsibilities for the Director include:

  • Serving as the administrative leader of the school, which includes managing the academic and non-academic personnel in the unit, advocating for students, staff, faculty, and the needs of the School of Music.
  • Serving as the lead fundraiser and development officer in partnership with the Director of Development and the Advancement Office in the College of Arts and Architecture, to sustain and enhance prospect engagement, donor cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Managing the fiscal responsibilities for general operations, scholarship awarding, other gift funds, and external funding.
  • Enhancing and sustaining a culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression that embraces individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion, and promotes equity through the school's curricula, values, standards, ideals, policies, and practices.
  • Developing strategic alliances, partnerships, and collaborations to broaden impact and promote a culture of research and creative activity.
  • Overseeing all physical spaces within, and associated with, the School of Music.

The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate success leading a comprehensive music institution within a large complex university structure.
  • Possess strong administrative skills including fiscal acumen and budget management skills with creative approaches to equitably assign resources with clear priorities.
  • Display evidence of equitable considerations, awareness, and practice with regard to curricula development, inclusive practices in developing diverse student bodies, staff, and faculty membership, along with evidence of working collectively to cultivate a culture that supports success and enables all members of a college community to thrive.
  • Use an inquiry-based and collaboration-based approach to leadership, research, and creative practice, strategic planning, collaborative team building, and implementation.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to supporting faculty and students in advancing innovative practices in teaching and learning, research, creative activities, performances, and professional development; and fostering diverse and inclusive musical arts practices, communities, and engagements.
  • Exhibit the ability to cultivate transformative opportunities and experiences including curriculum development and restructure.
  • Demonstrate excellence in communication, respectful mediation and effective interactions with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community members.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references. Address in your cover letter how equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging relate to your leadership experience.

To nominate a candidate, or if you have questions, write to Darrin Thornton (, Chair of the Search Committee and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Outreach. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position will be July 1, 2023.


The School of Music takes pride in its student-centered philosophy and the quality of the individualized instruction provided by its 54 full-time faculty, 11 part-time/online instructors, guest artists, and scholars. Enrolling approximately 325 students, the school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of programs guiding students to become performers, teachers, and scholars. Among undergraduate students, the majority are music education majors, and the school serves an additional 1,000 students annually in academic courses designed to fulfill general education Arts requirements for the University. The School of Music enrolls approximately 75 graduate students in Master's and doctoral programs.

In addition to an extremely active events calendar, each June the School of Music presents Music at Penn's Woods Music Festival, a professional orchestra and chamber music festival that is supported by the Community Advisory Board, local donors, and patrons.

Founded in 1986, the Penn's Woods Music Festival (, one of four professional programs of the College of Arts and Architecture, presents outstanding orchestral, jazz, and chamber music performances by professional musicians each summer. Independently funded primarily by the encompassing community, with limited support by Penn State, the festival seeks to inspire a passion for the classical and jazz genres through innovative concert programming, educational activities, and informal events. The director of the School of Music serves as lead fundraiser and budget administrator for this festival.

School of Music facilities encompass two connected buildings in the arts district section of the University Park Campus and a facility for the renowned Penn State Marching Blue Band. The 2,500 seat Eisenhower Auditorium is used for large ensemble, opera and special event performances and the 400-seat recital hall, completed in 2017, creates a state-of-the-art performance venue within the music buildings.


Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Architecture prepares artists, designers, scholars, teachers, performers, and professional practitioners to further research and creative activity; to interpret and preserve cultural heritage; and to engage communities of the Commonwealth and beyond.

Vision Statement

To be nationally and internationally recognized as scholars, innovators, and practitioners who integrate arts and design research, creative practice, and transformative learning and teaching, in order to investigate, inspire, and improve cultural, social, and environmental conditions.

College of Arts & Architecture Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

The College of Arts and Architecture is a vibrant community consisting of artists, performers, researchers, designers, educators, staff, and students. We are actively committed to cultivating a respectful, inclusive community by valuing creative and critical expression. We intentionally produce scholarship and programming that transforms latent bias, inequity, and racism into socially just and inclusive policies, practices, and procedures. Recognizing the arts' power to change minds and hearts, we use art, design, visual culture, and art education pedagogies and resources to support diverse voices and viewpoints in the acts of imagining and shaping a more equitable future.

About the College of Arts & Architecture

The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State is a comprehensive arts community including academic programs in music, theatre, visual arts, graphic design, art history, architecture, and landscape architecture, as well as a center for the performing arts, and a university art museum. The college is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, community engagement, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all the arts and design disciplines, along with community engagement in its programs. There are approximately 1,450 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the college.

The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Music, the School of Theatre, the School of Visual Arts, and the Department of Art History; as well as the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Graphic Design, which are housed in the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The college also includes the Center for the Performing Arts, the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State Centre Stage and Penn's Woods Music Festival, which collectively serve as important cultural resources that provide educational engagement programs for Penn State and area communities. In addition, the college is home to a number of research centers, institutes, and initiatives, which foster a vibrant culture of inquiry that promotes excellence within the arts and design disciplines, while at the same time leveraging the potential of a comprehensive research university. The college is housed in sixteen buildings on the University Park campus. It includes performance spaces, gallery/exhibition spaces, a lighting and design lab, computer labs, special subject libraries, specialized studios and a stage lighting archive.

The College is led by Dean B. Stephen Carpenter II, who assumed the role in January 2020. Prior to serving as Dean, Carpenter was a professor of art education and African American studies and director of School of Visual Arts.

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