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The Music Research Nexus

The University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Position Vacancy
The Ohio State University, School of Music
Director (Advanced Associate Professor or Professor)
  • PhD or DMA, preferred
  • National/international record of scholarly or artistic achievement commensurate with the position of an advanced Associate Professor or Professor at The Ohio State University, including a distinguished record of creative and/or scholarly achievement, teaching excellence at the post-secondary level, and professional service; and evidence of continued excellence in creative and/or scholarly achievement.
  • Demonstrated and effective leadership and administrative experience in academia, with desired experience in fundraising, budgeting, and management.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and demonstrated ability to cultivate positive work relationships with diverse students, colleagues, and staff.
  • Experience in leading change and the ability to work successfully across disciplines within a diverse and complex organization.
  • Experience in graduate education and the ability to support and further develop the School’s existing PhD, DMA, MM, and MA programs.
  • Experience with successful collaborations, for example those with other academic units, community partners, and professional arts organizations.
Position Expectations:
The Ohio State University seeks a director who will provide ambitious and innovative leadership for its School of Music. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2022. The director will serve as the administrative head of the school, with oversight of faculty, staff, curriculum, budget, and strategic direction. The new director will lead the way in defining and implementing a vision for the school to thrive in a changing climate for creative activity and research about music. The successful candidate will provide transparent leadership for the programs the school offers to undergraduate and graduate music majors and minors, nonmajors, and the community. The ideal candidate will be committed to fostering a distinctive vision for the future of the school, be skilled in leading change, and help the school develop programs that serve a broad variety of constituents.

The new director will lead the faculty and staff in curriculum development, outreach, engagement, operations, and governance. The director will be an advocate for the School, its faculty and students, promoting and providing support and mentorship for creative and scholarly activity. The director should be poised to engage with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to build collaborations with arts and humanities departments and interdisciplinary initiatives across the College of Arts and Sciences and the broader university community, Ohio State’s five regional campuses, as well as with other organizations in Ohio and beyond. The director will work with university and arts leaders to finalize the school's integration into Ohio State's emerging, vibrant Arts District, which includes a new state-of-the-art building for the School of Music, and to maximize the advantages offered by the new general education program.

The successful candidate will be a dedicated educator and recognized scholar and/or practitioner with expertise in one or more areas of teaching, scholarship, performance, and practice. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a firm commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and have experience with research, educational, and community engagement programs that meet the needs of minoritized or underserved populations.
Applications Must Include:
Apply to Academic Jobs Online at: A complete application consists of a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a statement of up to 1 page that describes the applicant’s research/creative work and teaching and mentoring practices; a statement of up to 1 page describing the applicant’s achievements in enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and contact information for five references who can speak to the applicant’s work as a musician, scholar, teacher, mentor, or leader. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Barry Shank, chair of the search committee, at

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.
URL to Complete Application:
Application Deadline:
Until the position is filled
Applications Will Be Reviewed Starting:
November 15, 2021
Inquiries About the Position Should Be Directed to:
Barry Shank,
A Note from Brian Wesolowski:

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