Position Description

Musicians reading sheet music.

The University of Iowa is seeking applications and nominations for the next Director of the School of Music. The committee especially seeks applicants from individuals who are underrepresented within the institution and academy.

As the head of a thriving community of professional musicians, scholars, and students, the Director provides vision and leadership in the School of Music’s teaching, research, and public outreach and engagement. The Director demonstrates the capacity to recruit and retain faculty, and is committed to the principles and practices of shared governance. The Director is charged with cultivating a diverse community and learning environment and has strong fiscal and personnel management skills. The Director encourages advanced research and creative production, is successful in fundraising activities, and is an advocate for the School as an integral part of a public research university that seeks to fulfill its global mission.

The committee is chaired by the Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and comprises academic and studio faculty as well as a graduate student.

Professional Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of accomplishment in music performance, scholarship, and/or composition with a national profile that qualifies for appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure. The successful candidate will have significant administrative experience and a record of leadership in a school or department of music that encompasses the diversity of a contemporary music program. Experience with oversight of budgets and personnel matters—including the promotion and tenure process and faculty searches—is also expected.

The future role of the School will be dependent upon the Director’s ability to build and maintain cohesion through an inclusive, communicative process that identifies and advances shared goals. A crucial aspect of the School’s mission includes the commitment to diverse voices and the equitable treatment of its stakeholders, and it is expected that the Director will facilitate a collaborative spirit that provides the foundation for a life-changing experience for faculty, students, and the public.

The Director will provide leadership in managing undergraduate and graduate curricula. The School of Music is a rigorous and selective comprehensive music school that offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees across a broad range of disciplines including composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, music theory, music therapy, musicology, and performance and pedagogy.

The next Director will provide and execute a vision for the School of Music that is part of the larger context of the arts within the university community. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and is responsible for academic leadership, budgeting, and administrative policy. It is expected that the Director will have experience with National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accreditation and institutional reviews. The University of Iowa continues to support shared governance in its accountability to the state’s citizens, and depends on leaders open to challenge and the continued expectation for change.

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