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Director, School of Music, Tenure-Track Faculty

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Work Type: Faculty - Tenure-Track
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Categories: Fine & Applied Arts

Job Title

Director, School of Music, Tenure-Track Faculty


Dean Liberal Arts

University Expectation

MTSU seeks candidates committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with diverse students.


Salary and rank commensurate with education and experience

Job Summary/Basic Function

The College of Liberal Arts at Middle Tennessee State University invites applicants for Director of the School of Music (#131005) at the rank of associate professor or professor. Expedited tenure may be considered upon appointment. The start date for the position is August 1, 2023.

The School of Music seeks a dynamic and creative administrative leader with demonstrated communication, organization, and strategic planning abilities. The Director will be actively engaged in research and/or artistic practice and deeply committed to quality instruction and broader student success initiatives. Teaching responsibilities, while minimal, will be determined by the candidate’s academic background and skills. The Director will give administrative leadership to development, personnel management, NASM accreditation standards and processes, student recruitment, student success, and tangible efforts to promote diversity, broadly defined. The successful candidate will demonstrate the skills needed to manage daily operations while focusing on long-range plans to sustain the growth and excellence associated with MTSU’s School of Music. The Director will provide leadership for the School, coordinate budgets, facilitate planning and assessment, and advocate for the arts on campus and beyond.

The MTSU School of Music serves approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate music majors in Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Music degrees as well as many students involved in specialized minors. For more information, visit

Required Education

A terminal degree in Music or a closely related field by appointment date

Other Desirables

Candidates with prior administrative, recruitment, and fundraising experience will receive special consideration.

Documents Needed to Apply

To successfully apply, applicants must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and statement of research or creative activities (as appropriate to the discipline) as separate attachments at the time of online application submittal.

Special Instruction to Applicants 

If you need help applying, please contact the Faculty Recruitment Specialist at (615) 898-5128.

If you have position-specific questions, please contact Karla Barnes at

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

  • Sick Leave  
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
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MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment is required before employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you will be required to provide information about your criminal history to be considered.

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

Application Review Date: 11/3/2022

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