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Director and Assoc. Professor/Professor - University of Southern Mississippi

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Hattiesburg, MS
Position: Director and Assoc. Professor/Professor
Deadline: January 15, 2021
Posted: November 19, 2020

Job Description / Duties

Special Instructions to Applicants
Submit a letter of application addressing the position duties and responsibilities, a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of leadership and administrative philosophy, and contact information for at least three references to

Job Summary
The University of Southern Mississippi seeks a visionary leader and accomplished artist and/or scholar to serve as the twelve-month, full-time Director of the School of Music beginning July 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The director will administer a music school that has a longstanding reputation for excellence and is widely recognized as one of the finest in the Southeast. With six staff and thirty-nine full-time faculty members, the School offers three undergraduate (B.A., B.M., and B.M.Ed.) and three graduate degrees (M.M., M.M.Ed., D.M.A.) to more than 400 students. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Director will foster an inclusive, collegial, and aspirational environment to recruit, engage, and retain faculty, staff, and students of distinction; prioritize efforts to seek internal and external funding and to engage in development activities; demonstrate a strong commitment to shared governance and transparency; work collaboratively with faculty and staff to articulate a vision for the School and to strengthen and develop programs to meet the needs of twenty-first-century students; support and advocate for national and international student recruitment; oversee program assessment and School accreditation; be available to faculty, staff, and students most hours of the standard business week; teach courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise that meet the curricular needs; manage budgets and allocate resources; foster positive community and alumni relationships; and provide visionary leadership for and effective management of the School.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include an earned terminal degree in music; a record of peer-reviewed scholarship and/or creative activity commensurate with appointment as an associate or full professor at The University of Southern Mississippi; evidence of the ability to inspire and work productively with faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds and musical interests; a commitment to shared governance and transparency; the ability to secure internal and external funding; the ability to communicate effectively with the community and other constituents; and an established record as a successful administrator at a four-year accredited university. Preferred candidates will demonstrate the ability to promote relationships with arts-based community groups, prepare budgets, manage personnel, and develop accreditation and assessment plans.

Contact Information

Eric L. Tribunella
Executive Associate Dean and Professor
College of Arts and Science

Employer Profile

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit