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The Music Research Nexus

The University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Position Vacancy
SUNY Fredonia
Dean, School of Music
Minimum Qualifications
  • Earned terminal degree from an accredited institution or professional equivalency in an area within the School of Music
  • Demonstrated effective leadership and administrative experience in higher education at the chair level (or equivalent) or higher
  • A record of teaching and scholarship appropriate for the appointment to tenured professor in a discipline within the School of Music
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven ability to collaborate with students, faculty, and administration and facilitate shared governance
  • Demonstrated experience with multifaceted budgeting and resource allocation
  • Actively models strategies to support inclusive practices, increase diversity, and empower students, faculty, and staff to maximize their potential
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated innovative and creative approaches to pedagogy and leadership
  • Evidence of knowledge and experience in assessment and accreditation
  • Experience with successful collaborations with other areas on campus, community partners, and other organizations
  • Demonstrated understanding and/or experience in recruiting, facility management, fundraising, and alumni relations
  • Demonstrated experience with curricular renewal and innovation that honors historic practices and embraces emerging practices
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of accreditation processes with various associations (e.g., NASM, AMTA, CAEP)
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial approach to stewarding and leveraging existing resources to attract new and/or additional resources
  • Experience with recruiting, supervising and evaluating of faculty and staff (e.g., tenure-review) in a collective bargaining setting
  • Demonstrated ability to use humor to help others keep things in perspective
Position Expectations:
  • Provide creative and innovative leadership for all students and faculty
  • Be a strong advocate for the School of Music
  • Lead strategic planning about degree programs, undergraduate and graduate, current and future
  • Promote academic and artistic excellence in all programs
  • Consult and collaborate with music faculty, facilitating faculty governance
  • Lead efforts to recruit, support, and retain diverse faculty, staff, and students
  • Manage the School of Music’s multi-faceted financial resources and develop income streams
  • Expand, explore, and encourage regional and global interactions for the School of Music on campus and abroad
  • Cultivate new and existing scholarship endowments for the School of Music
  • Support scholarship and promote the use of technology in and out of the classroom
  • Ensure compliance with NASM accreditation standards and guidelines
  • Serve as an active, collegial member of the Academic Affairs senior leadership team, including participation in the Dean’s Council and Provost’s Council
  • Recruit, supervise, and evaluate faculty and staff, consistent with the collective bargaining agreement
Applications Must Include:
  • Cover Letter
  • Résumé/CV
  • Contact information for five references
URL to Complete Application:;jsessionid=32C35018D5A33046BFA2BCAB84050F15
Application Deadline:
January 31, 2022
Applications Will Be Reviewed Starting:
January 31, 2022
Inquiries About the Position Should Be Directed to:
Dr. Andy Karafa
Dean,College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
State University of New York at Fredonia

Laura Koepke
Associate Director, School of Music
State University of New York at Fredonia
Institutional Information:
The State University of New York at Fredonia seeks a Dean for its nationally renowned School of Music. This is a newly created position and it offers an exciting opportunity to join the academic leadership team being established by the new Executive Vice President and Provost. Fredonia is in the midst of a transformation, with a focus on self-examination and reimagination. Therefore, the Dean of the School of Music will help the institution navigate the shifting landscape of higher education and chart new territory by exploring new ideas and approaches. Essentially, only those looking to generate change, take risks, and invent new opportunities should apply!

With over 500 undergraduate and graduate students, the School of Music is one of the University’s leading programs with an international reputation, Grammy award-winning faculty and alumni, dedication to recruiting, and one of the highest retention rates on campus. The School of Music’s array of NASM-accredited programs includes undergraduate degrees in Music Education, Performance, Music Therapy, Sound Recording Technology, Composition, and a B.A. degree with specializations in Jazz, Music History, Entrepreneurship, and Music Technology. Graduate degrees are offered in Music Education, Performance, Music Therapy, and Composition. Over 400 publicly attended events are presented each year, most of them live-streamed. Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Music is a member of the Dean’s Council who works collaboratively with the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Dean of the College of Education, the Associate Provost for Curriculum, Assessment, and Academic Support, the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Online and Extended Learning, Faculty Development, and the Chair of the University Senate.

The Fredonia School of Music is the preeminent music program in the SUNY system, and one of the best places to enter professional music training. Our reputation is built on a long history of excellence, consistency, trust, innovation, and insight from an accomplished and dedicated faculty.

The long-standing reputation of performance, education, composition, music therapy, sound recording, and academics and a strong professional placement rate for School of Music graduates are genuine points of pride. The strengths in all of our programs have brought much variety to our students' experiences. Students at Fredonia are able to choose and learn from a broad range of musical interests. Our extensive range of opportunities makes Fredonia the optimal setting to prepare for success in a variety of music professions. Fredonia's reputation is the result of a dedicated teaching faculty who have achieved international and national recognition in performance, research, and creative activity. They bring this level of experience and share that expertise with their students in the classroom, rehearsals, and lessons. This year alone, Fredonia faculty and alumni received 11 GRAMMY nominations and 5 wins, spanning classical, opera, rock, and chart-topping pop music genres.
A Note from Brian Wesolowski:

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