Chair, Department of Music

Jackson State University in Mississippi

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted February 18, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

POSITION:                  Chair, Department of Music

START DATE:           July 1, 2014

SALARY:                      Commensurate with experience


Jackson State University invites applications for Chair of the Department of Music.



Reporting to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Music Chair represents the Department to the College, other administrators, in the community, and throughout the state of Mississippi. In collaboration with faculty and staff the Chair leads the department in all aspects of program and curricular development, scholarly/creative activity, advocacy, and service. The Chair schedules and staffs all classes, supervises departmental employees, administers performance evaluations, and recommends faculty for promotion and tenure as outlined by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). The Chair develops and manages departmental budgets, oversees facilities and equipment, and responds to concerns referred by faculty, students, University officials and outside constituents. The Chair is will be required to maintain appropriate teaching responsibilities and engaging in creative scholarship. The successful candidate will join a rapidly growing and ethnically diverse department.



Required: This is a full-time, 12 month position. Ideally this successful candidate will take office July 1, 2014, requires a terminal degree or equivalency in music from a regionally accredited college or university and a record of excellence in teaching and artistic or scholarly activity. Demonstrable administrative experience including a history of resource management, recruiting, promotion of university music programs, program development, and community outreach is expected. The successful candidate must possess the qualifications for appointment as an associate or full professor with tenure.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with experience at the level of chair or higher and to a candidate who has been tenured with an excellent publication and/or performance record, ongoing research agenda, and service at the collegiate level; experience and facility with curriculum development; experience and facility with arts performance and production; integrating high impact, engaged pedagogies and new technologies into the curriculum; strategic planning; and student learning outcomes assessment; have the ability to work collaboratively and provide a clear vision and leadership; and cultivate development opportunities to identify funding resources for new and existing programs. Experience with NASM accreditation standards and procedure is also preferred.




The JSU Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education, Performance, and Music Technology. Additionally, the Master of Music Education degree is offered.  The JSU School of Fine and Performing Arts is within the College of Liberal Arts. As a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Department is comprised of a deeply committed community of performers, educators and scholars dedicated to enriching the academic journey and musical training of JSU students. For more information visit:




Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a writing sample, research agenda, current curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and three letters of professional references with names, email addresses, and telephone numbers, who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates' materials will begin immediately for materials received by March 3rd, and fullest consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to March 17th. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Karen Laubengayer and Dr. Russell Thomas, Search Committee Co-Chairs, and are to be submitted via on-line at



Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research-activity university. Jackson States nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Jackson State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, with a strong institutional commitment to develop a diverse faculty and staff. Women and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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