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Position Vacancy
University of Dayton
Department of Music Chairperson
Required Qualifications
  • PhD, DM or DMA (or equivalent terminal degree) in music or in a music-related field
  • Strong record of teaching and research or artistic activity commensurate with the expectations for tenure and appointment at the rank of associate professor in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Dayton. Appointment at the rank of Professor requires a record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with the criteria for promotion to the rank of Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Dayton.
  • Prior administrative experience in higher education
  • Record of leadership accomplishments in higher education
  • Successful experience recruiting students into curricular programs and/or co-curricular performance groups
  • Record of advancing diversity in higher education
  • Excellent written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications
  • Record of successful experience recruiting diverse students, faculty and staff
  • Successful experience developing and implementing new curricular or co-curricular initiatives, particularly in a liberal arts environment for non-music majors
  • Demonstrated success in managing a budget
  • Successful supervisory experience
  • Record of fostering successful on- and off-campus collaborations
  • Capacity to contribute to the Department’s curricular offerings
  • Record of successfully mentoring faculty through tenure and promotion
  • Record of successful experience with NASM accreditation standards
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Effective classroom management skills
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
Position Expectations:
The University of Dayton seeks a collaborative and strategic academic leader to serve as chairperson of the Department of Music. The chairperson is responsible for all administrative, curricular, co-curricular and budgetary facets of the department and plays a unique role engaging students and faculty, including building and sustaining partnerships across the University and in the broader community. The chairperson will support the full range of undergraduate, graduate and co-curricular performance opportunities in the department.

The chairperson will be hired with tenure and at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The chairperson carries a 12-month contract and reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The chairperson will represent the Department on the College’s Council of

Chairpersons and Program Directors and will teach one course in the Department each semester. The chairperson is appointed for a term of four years and is eligible for reappointment for an additional four-year term.

Major responsibilities for the chairperson include:
  1. Leading a unified music faculty and fostering an inclusive and diverse music-making community
  2. Recruiting and retaining diverse cohorts of students to degree programs and music ensembles
  3. Representing the Department of Music in efforts to design and construct a new University Center for the Arts
  4. Overseeing ongoing review and revision of program curricula
  5. Recruiting and retaining excellent, diverse faculty and staff who advance the mission of the Department and University
  6. Supporting professional development of faculty and staff through mentoring and advocacy
  7. Representing the Department of Music and advancing its reputation with prospective students, within the College and University, and with external stakeholders
  8. Overseeing the Department of Music staff, office, and budget and making day-to-day administrative decisions for the Department
  9. Facilitating collaborations with other campus departments and programs and off-campus organizations
  10. Maintaining NASM accreditation and AMTA approval
  11. Teaching one course per term 
Applications Must Include:
Required Application Materials
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter describing the candidate’s experience, how candidate meets the required and preferred qualifications, and candidate’s philosophy of leadership
  • List of three references (letters of reference may be requested at a later date) 
URL to Complete Application:
Please apply to by Sunday, November 6, 2016.
Inquiries About the Position Should Be Directed to:
Dr. Heather MacLachlan, Search Committee Chair (
Institutional Information:
The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top ten Catholic research university. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community.

To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Department of Music is one of 18 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Dayton. It offers a Bachelor of Music degree (with majors in music composition, music education, music performance, and music therapy), and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (with concentrations in ethnomusicology, jazz studies, and music studies). Minors are offered in music and music technology. In addition, a certificate in church music is available. The University of Dayton is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Music Therapy curriculum is approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and the Music Education program prepares students for licensure by the State of Ohio.

The Department of Music includes 26 full time faculty and roughly 35 part-time instructors. They jointly support all music majors and minors, as well as hundreds of students taking elective courses in music and performing in ensembles. The Department is located in the recently renovated Fitz Hall and includes faculty offices, numerous music rehearsal rooms, classrooms, practice rooms, and a music therapy clinic. Additional performance facilities include a recital hall and a proscenium theater.

The Department of Music offers a wide range of choral and instrumental ensembles performing in a host of traditions, including Western art music, African American sacred music (gospel), World Choral Music, Javanese gamelan, and jazz. In addition, the Department annually collaborates with the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program to co-produce a musical or an opera associated with curriculum.

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