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Chair of the Department of Music - Palm Beach Atlantic University - West Palm Beach, FL

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: West Palm Beach, FL
Position: Chair of the Department of Music
Deadline: December 28, 2020
Posted: December 6, 2020

Job Description / Duties

Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA), a private Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida, seeks an inspiring and strategic Chair of the Department of Music who will partner with faculty and other leaders to shape, develop, and implement visionary leadership in the areas of curriculum, programming, collaborations, creative activity, and accreditation to further enhance the excellence and vitality of the Department in accordance with the University mission. The Department is currently located in the School of Music & Fine Arts, which includes the Departments of Art, Dance, Music, and Preparatory Department. However, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees recently voted to merge the School of Music & Fine Arts and the School of Communication & Media to form the College of the Arts, effective August 2021. Programs of study in the College will now include Cinema, Communication, Dance, Digital Media, Gaming, Graphic Design, Journalism, Music, Public Relations, Sports Broadcasting, Theatre, and Visual Art. The Chair of the Department of Music will report to the Dean of the College of the Arts and teach in the area of expertise within the music program with a two course reduction per semester. An instrumentalist to lead the Symphonic Band is preferred, but not required.

Qualifications / Required Skills

• Record of administrative experience, including but not limited to budget management and supervising faculty/staff
• Record of successful teaching, service, and scholarly/creative activity appropriate to rank of Associate Professor or Professor
• Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and communication skills, as well as conflict resolution
• Commitment to shared governance and consensus building within a university setting
• Experience with and commitment to building community across and with programs, departments and schools

• An earned doctorate in one of the Department’s disciplines or a closely related field
• demonstrable history of successful fundraising, community engagement, and academic program development
• Experience with NASM and accreditation

• Provide effective leadership in facilitating the vision, goals, and objectives of the Department
• Oversee and guide departmental curriculum revisions and initiatives
• Organize and supervise class scheduling and staffing
• Oversee annual program assessment
• Teach courses in accordance with assigned workload requirements in an area of expertise
• Promote professional development and stimulate faculty research
• Prepare annual reports to the accrediting body (NASM) and oversee the decennial assessment document (last completed in 2019)
• Maintain and oversee music scholarship assignments
• Coordinate the work of the Division Coordinators (Instrumental, Keyboard, Voice)
• Support student recruitment, retention, and progression in collaboration with appropriate offices
• In consultation with the Dean, manage financial resources, prepare budget documents, and supervise faculty resources
• Maintain Department governance
• Represent the Department to the Dean, University, and external community
• Promote the interests of the Department, both internally and externally

The successful candidate will possess interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues and will have a demonstrated commitment to creating, fostering and sustaining a culture that celebrates entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration in and out of the classroom. This person will excel in attention to detail, effective oral and written communication, consensus building, creative problem solving, professionalism, and intrinsic work ethic. As the leader of the music unit, the Chair will bring the intellectual capacity, inspiration, and energy required to advance the creative momentum to ensure that the Department’s achievements are broadcast widely and strategically.

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music with Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts curricular specializations in music education, performance, composition, music industry, and worship leadership. With more than 43,000 square-feet of performance, classroom, practice, and studio space, the Department of Music is located in the four-story Vera Lea Rinker Hall. Internal performing opportunities include involvement in a variety of ensembles including Concert Choir, Oratorio Chorus, Symphony, Symphonic Band, Pop Rock Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, World Music Ensemble, and Opera Workshop.

Additional Information

Applications for faculty/academic administration positions must include:
• A letter of application
• Resume or curriculum vitae
• Unofficial copies of all transcripts
• Three letters of professional reference or a list of three professional references
• Statement of your teaching philosophy
• Statement indicating how you have previously or intend to intentionally integrate a Christian theistic worldview in the teaching/learning process
• Completed & signed Faculty Applicant Questionnaire

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Contact Information

Professor Mark Aliapoulios
Interim Chair of Music
Department of Music
Palm Beach Atlantic University

Employer Profile

Founded in 1968, Palm Beach Atlantic University is an interdenominational Christian institution with over 3,400 students in 60 academic undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. PBA’s programs are framed by a Christian worldview that is guided by accomplished experts and delivered in the breathtaking setting of West Palm Beach, Florida. PBA’s graduates launch lives of character, meaning, and accomplishment. From its presence in the academic curriculum, to weekly chapel, to service learning and mission trips, the faith-based foundation shapes the student experience and prepares them with the kind of ethical, principled outlook that today’s employers value.

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s offerings are proven and respected by top employers and elite graduate institutions. Its programs, such as the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program, offer distinctive, elevated learning opportunities. In addition, PBA’s six Centers of Excellence deepen students’ knowledge and skills and add dimension to the learning experience through distinctive programming, travel, fellowship, internship and networking opportunities. Finally, through PBA’s unique Workship Program, students are able to improve communities locally, around South Florida or in countries across the globe by building homes for those in need, assisting with natural disaster recovery efforts, tutoring and mentoring students in after school programs, and packing meals for families living in underserved communities. To date, PBA students have volunteered 3.3 million hours of service through Workship. Students attending PBA find a fun, energetic and opportunity-rich destination with 40+ student-run clubs providing the chance to develop important teamwork and leadership skills. PBA offers some of the finest learning resources and facilities with state-of-the-art medical simulation labs; an 86,000 square-foot Warren Library; the John & Sheila Rinker Sports Center, which was completed in 2017 and is part of PBA’s 78-acre Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Complex, and Watson Hall, a 163,000 square-foot, eight-story residence hall opened in Fall 2020.

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Living in West Palm Beach, Florida, residents are surrounded by the unparalleled opportunities of South Florida. In addition to the natural beauty of its location on the Intracoastal Waterway, PBA offers endless professional opportunities, world-class cultural outlets, and exceptional shopping districts just minutes from campus.

One can find outdoor recreation at the Everglades, Lake Trail or MacArthur Beach State Park and more than 50 miles of pristine beaches nearby. Residents can also play a round of golf at any of the area’s more than 160 golf courses, catch the pro sports action of the NFL’s Dolphins, NBA’s Heat, MLB’s Marlins and NHL’s Panthers or take in a concert at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. West Palm Beach is also home to an eclectic and appetizing food scene, with cuisines representing everything from Caribbean and Cuban to Asian, German and Portuguese. With nearly 20 churches of various denominations located just minutes from the PBA campus, employees have an outstanding opportunity to become involved in a local faith community.

West Palm Beach is a city of approximately 100,000 located within Palm Beach County, which has 1.5 million residents. Located along Florida’s Atlantic Ocean coast, West Palm Beach offers appealing weather and year-round access to smooth-sand beaches and some of the nation’s most enticing waterways and is located a short drive to some of Florida's fabulous cities: Fort Lauderdale is 1 hour away; Miami is 1.5 hours; Key Largo is 2 hours, and Orlando is 2.5 hours away. Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is located less than three miles from PBA’s campus, and was recently ranked #1 in the U.S. for shortest overall wait times at TSA checkpoints. West Palm Beach is also a stop on the Brightline passenger high-speed rail system that connects Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and eventually Orlando.