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The University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Position Vacancy
University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music
Director, Mead Witter School of Music
The successful candidate will have an academic record in music teaching, creative scholarship, and service commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Full Professor with tenure; experience in academic administration, with three years preferred; a record of success in strategic planning and fundraising; experience with budgets and resource allocation; proven commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion among students and faculty; understanding of and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of a public R1 university; a willingness to play an active role in the life of the school, university, and community; a commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and mentoring; strong leadership and communication skills; and the ability to collaboratively develop and articulate a bold vision for the future of the Mead Witter School of Music.
Position Expectations:
The Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a visionary, innovative leader to serve as Director. The ideal candidate, who will hold an endowed position as the Pamela O. Hamel/Board of Advisors Director, will be committed to furthering the development of a forward-looking curriculum and to promoting the University of Wisconsin-Madison's vibrant artistic community. This candidate will provide leadership in keeping with the University's tradition of shared governance and will guide the School of Music to develop and realize its mission. The Director will report to the Dean of the College of Letters & Science.

Within the University's shared-governance structure, the Director, as the departmental executive, serves as the official channel of communication between the Mead Witter School of Music and all other university officials. The Director works closely with the School of Music's Budget and Personnel Committee (an elected subcommittee of the Executive Committee of tenured faculty) with the Associate Director, and with School of Music faculty and staff to build on the success of the School of Music.

The Director will help to identify and implement actions that promote and advance the School's vision and goals. The Director's actions will take place within several spheres:

In the area of faculty administration, the Director will:
  • Mentor probationary faculty, meet with tenure committees to ensure a successful probationary review process, and draft subsequent reappointment letters;
  • Work with tenure committees on the final tenure vote process and creation of the tenure dossier;
  • Make requests to the Dean for faculty searches;
  • Oversee both the post-tenure review process and promotions to Associate and Full Professor;
  • Appoint search committees and ensure that searches adhere to all University policies and protocols;
  • Appoint faculty and staff members to department committees;
  • Nominate faculty for research and teaching awards;
  • Handle personnel issues related to faculty and staff;
  • Facilitate team-building within the shared-governance structure;
  • Support and facilitate faculty, staff, and student recruitment activities;
  • Articulate and implement a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to mentoring and empowering historically underrepresented or marginalized faculty, staff, and students.
In the area of teaching and learning, the Director is responsible for maintaining and extending the excellence of the Mead Witter School of Music. The Director will work with the Directors of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies on curricular planning and assessment at all levels. The Director will pursue creation of new scholarship/fellowship opportunities and oversee administration of existing ones. And the Director will participate in delivering the curriculum by teaching a reduced course load.

In the area of financial administration, the Director will provide budgetary oversight through shared governance. Working with the Budget and Personnel Committee, Executive Committee, and college administration, the Director will set and administer budgetary priorities and will oversee the School's salary structure. The School of Music has a budget of $6.4 million in addition to $39 million in endowments at the UW Foundation.

In the area of advancement and fundraising, the Director will collaborate with faculty, staff, and institutional leaders to determine goals, and with the department's Director of Development to implement those goals. The Director will provide donor stewardship and cultivate new donors.

In the area of general administration, the Director will inspire and realize an energetic vision for the School, will oversee the School's Board of Advisors, and will act as liaison to the Division of the Arts and other campus- or college-wide entities. The Director will also act as liaison to Madison's many community arts organizations.
Applications Must Include:
Curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement no more than two pages in length that speaks to the candidate's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
URL to Complete Application:
Application Deadline:
December 13, 2022
Applications Will Be Reviewed Starting:
December 13, 2022
Inquiries About the Position Should Be Directed to:
Wendy Johnson (
Institutional Information:
With 27 full-time faculty, 18 full- and part-time instructional staff, and 18 administrative staff, the Mead Witter School of Music serves approximately 300 undergraduate majors and graduate students in BA, BS, BM, MA, MM, DMA, and PhD degree programs. The School is committed to pursuing musical excellence, fostering an inclusive and collegial academic and musical community, and increasing diversity among its faculty and students. The School of Music is located in the Mosse Humanities Building on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with performance and rehearsal facilities in the recently opened state-of-the-art Hamel Music Center.

UW-Madison is located in beautiful and vibrant Madison, WI. Built on an isthmus and surrounded by lakes, Madison blends the city and campus, green spaces and urban areas, to create a place unlike anywhere else. Named number 1 of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America in 2021 by, Madison is home to a lively arts scene, the Henry Vilas Zoo, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and Madison Children’s Museum (to name a few attractions), and has a Platinum Bicycle Friendly rating. UW-Madison is home to the Arboretum (a 1,200 acre mix of prairie, forest and traditional horticultural collection), the Lakeshore Preserve, the Memorial Union (with its outdoor Union Terrace), Chazen Museum of Art, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, and many more places-of-interest, activities, and events.
A Note from Brian Wesolowski:

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