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Chair, Department of Music, Associate or Full Professor

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants should submit a letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement describing leadership vision and the most important issues facing music programs within liberal arts institutions; and full contact information for five references online by clicking on the “Apply” link above. Nominations are also accepted. Additional materials may be required at a later date. For further information or nominations, please contact: Dr. Cameron Bennett, Chair of Search Committee and Dean, School of Arts and Communication, cbennett@plu.edu.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number: 0601560
Recruitment Type: Open to All Applicants
Position Title: Chair, Department of Music, Associate or Full Professor
Position Type: Faculty
Position Status: Regular Full-time
Benefits Status: Benefits Eligible
FLSA: Exempt
Hiring Range: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience + benefits package
Department: Music Department
Posting Date: 08/08/2017
Closing Date Review of application materials will begin November 1, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled.
Work Schedule:

Full-time, tenure-track position available September 1, 2018. 12 month contract.
67% administrative release; 33% teaching.

General Description:

The Department of Music of the School of Arts and Communication at
Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, seeks a dynamic chair with a
vision to sustain and advance a widely acclaimed program of artistic and
academic excellence. Rank of Associate or Full Professor. Teaching
responsibilities based upon expertise and needs of the department.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

-Provide academic and artistic leadership of a vibrant and multifaceted department – overseeing policy, personnel, and budgetary matters.
-Sustain and advance program through active student recruitment and faculty development.
-Manage a collaborative leadership environment and be responsible for:
academic planning; assessment and enhancement of the program and
curriculum; faculty evaluation; coordination of teaching assignments and
schedules; facilities use; budgeting and allocation of resources; student
advisement; annual music scholarships process; oversight of a robust
international and national ensemble touring schedule; and accreditation.
-Work collegially within a university-wide faculty governance structure.
-Foster support for school-wide and university goals.
-Advocate effectively for the department within and outside the university – both regionally and the national music community.
-Encourage collaborative interdisciplinary programming – within the department, School, and across the university.
-Teach a 33% load (equivalent of two courses) based upon expertise and the needs of the department.
-Supervise office personnel.
-Work closely with the Dean of the School of Arts and Communication to develop additional resources for the department.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

-Demonstrated excellence as a teacher/scholar/artist with a specialty in a field of music taught within the Department of Music.
-Demonstrated excellence as an administrator with a distinguished record of continuing research/creative activity.
-Superior interpersonal and communication skills.
-Knowledge of emerging technologies for use in the classroom and in research in order to manage and sustain departmental initiatives.

Required Qualifications:

-Terminal degree in music (Ph.D. or DMA). ABD will be considered, but terminal degree must be in hand by September 1, 2018.
-Record of excellence in teaching and artistic or scholarly activity.
-Academic leadership experience at the level of chair or a demonstrable track record of increasing leadership responsibilities.
-Applicant must have the ability to, after receiving an offer of or after starting employment, provide proof of US Citizenship or a current valid visa to work in this country, without any support from PLU.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference given to candidates with at least three years of demonstrable administrative experience including a history of resource management, recruiting, promotion of university music programs, program development,
community outreach, strategic planning, experience with national accreditation agencies, and success in fundraising.

Work Conditions:
Physical Requirements:
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement describing leadership vision and the most important issues facing music programs within liberal arts institutions; and full contact information for five references online by clicking on the “Apply” link above. Nominations are also accepted. Additional materials may be required at a later date.

For further information or nominations, please contact: Dr. Cameron Bennett, Chair of Search Committee and Dean, School of Arts and Communication, cbennett@plu.edu.

Other Information:

The Department of Music is housed within the School of Arts and Communication at Pacific Lutheran University. This comprehensive program of artistic and academic excellence, involving 25% of all undergraduates at the university, offers the professional Bachelor of Music in Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degrees, the Bachelor of Musical Arts degree, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree to approximately 150 undergraduate music majors. The music department’s faculty is composed of renowned performers, composers, and scholars, drawn from the nation’s finest conservatories and universities, in a rich mix of full-time (19) and part-time instructors (40). Housed in Mary Baker Russell Music Center, with its exquisite Lagerquist Concert Hall and state-of-the-art rehearsal and learning facilities, over 150 performances are presented by students, faculty artists, and renowned guest performers each academic year. The Department of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1978. Further information about the Department of Music can be found at: www.plu.edu/music

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their life’s vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

Founded in 1890 by Norwegian pioneers, PLU continues the distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and questioning, the preparation of citizens in service to the world and to its ongoing reform. Located in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, PLU is set in a region that also offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture and sports.

Pacific Lutheran University welcomes applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional perspectives to our learning environment. PLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you have a terminal degree in hand by September 1, 2018?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Are you able to, after receiving an offer of or after starting employment, provide proof of US Citizenship or a current valid visa which would permit you to work in this country?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement
  4. List of Five References
Optional Documents