Director of the School of Music
Ball State University’s College of Fine Arts welcomes applications
for Director of the School of Music, available July 1, 2022.
The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and
serves as the school’s chief executive who plans, directs, and
coordinates the academic, operational, personnel, budgetary matters
and promotional activities pertaining to the school, provides
leadership and direction in the development and implementation of
academic programs, and advocates quality in teaching.
The Director serves as the school’s primary spokesperson and
representative to the college, university, and external community,
engages in proactive, collaborative short and long-range planning
for the School of Music, facilitates opportunities for faculty
scholarship and creative endeavors, manages the recruitment and
retention of excellent faculty, and works to support a culture of
diversity, inclusiveness, clear communication, and collegiality
between faculty, staff, and students.
The director is expected to function as a collaborative,
innovative, inclusive and adaptive member of the College of Fine
Arts leadership team in service to the Ball State arts community,
both within and beyond one’s home unit.
Inclusive Excellence Statement
At Ball State University, inclusiveness and freedom of expression
are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We
encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive
to learn more about our commitment and to
identify how you might contribute to these efforts.
Benefits and Community
Length of Assignment
Fiscal Year - FT Continuing Contract
- Provide leadership and vision for the School of Music in all
its facets, which includes developing and implementing
undergraduate and graduate academic programs.
- Plan, direct, coordinate, and communicate the academic,
operational, budgetary, and promotional activities for the School
- Advocate for resources—including equipment, technology, faculty
travel, and scholarly/creative activities—for the all members of
the School of Music, including tenured/tenure track, non-tenure
line, and staff.
Appropriate terminal degree in music.
- At least seven years of experience as a full-time, higher
education faculty member in music.
- At least three years of demonstrated administrative experience
in exercising leadership and consultative decision-making at the
departmental level in higher education, to include curricular
development, budget activities, facilities, and equipment.
Authorization to work in the US
- A strong record of scholarly and/or creative activities,
teaching, and service.
- A dynamic ability to function effectively as a college
leadership team member within a complex, fast-paced,
- Ability to execute duties with resilience and flexibility.
- Ability to meet deadlines and fulfill obligations to completion
in a timely manner.
- Ability to take initiative and demonstrate personal
- Ability to manage multiple priorities.
Employer will consider sponsorship.
- Professional and administrative experience in the Arts in
higher education, including, but not limited to, graduate programs
- Demonstrated success with national accreditation
- Demonstrated success with fundraising and/or grant writing at
- Demonstrated success with community engagement.
- Demonstrated success facilitating the use of new technologies
within a music or music-related curriculum.
- Demonstrated success with incentivized-based budgeting
- Demonstrated awareness of contemporary best practices in
schools of music.
Requires successful completion of a background check and education
Position Title(s) Supervised
Associate Director, Area Coordinators, School of Music faculty and
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity
within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with
disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to
apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration
for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any
other legally protected status.
About Ball State University
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an
attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately
22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight
academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer
more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist
degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. We
engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors
that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and
meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while
we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our
community, our state, and our world.
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Duties & Responsibilities
Provide leadership in the development and evaluation of graduate
and undergraduate academic and non-academic programs and curriculum
within the School of Music.
Serve as the school’s primary spokesperson and representative to
the college, university, and external community, and as an engaged
participant in the College Leadership Team.
Assist the Dean in fundraising efforts.
Collaboratively plan, execute, and modify strategic initiatives for
the School of Music.
Actively support an environment among faculty, staff, and students
that integrates diversity, inclusive excellence, collegiality,
empathy, and transparency as part of its core identity.
Manage the recruitment and retention of excellent faculty; act as
advocate for faculty members in matters concerning promotion,
tenure, special assigned leave, release time, etc.
Participate in student recruitment and retention, administration of
scholarships, placement, and recognition of superior student
Facilitate opportunities for faculty creative and scholarly
endeavors. Encourage and assist faculty members in maintaining and
renewing their academic/scholarly and professional
Manage all matters relating to appointment, evaluation, promotion,
and tenure of faculty members within the guidelines adopted by the
school, college, and university; administer the school evaluation
policies concerning teaching, scholarly productivity, creative
endeavors and service.
Assign, orient, supervise, and review work of staff; including
interviewing, selection, compensation, performance appraisal,
remediation, training, and career development.
Manage the assignment and scheduling of school courses and faculty
Supervise facilities and equipment, including technology needs for
the entire school; work with facilities planning and management to
maintain a safe and efficient working environment.
Oversee professional, discipline-specific accreditation processes
as well as needed university accreditation(s).
Teach courses in general and/or expertise-specific areas of the
discipline, School, and/or College as negotiated with the
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Applications Accepted Through Date
Open Until Filled
Information regarding transcripts
The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official
transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required
at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification
will be conducted.
Special Instructions Summary
The following are required documents in the Applicant Documents
section of this application:
- Cover Letter addressed to Dr. Murray Steib, Search Committee
- Complete and current vita.
- Evidence of scholarship and/or creative activity to include
student work if relevant is required to be uploaded under the
“Teaching Statement/Portfolio” document.
- A statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion describing how
you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive
learning community at Ball State University through your teaching,
research, and/or service is required to be uploaded under the
“Inclusive Excellence Statement” document. Please include examples
of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500
- A statement of administrative philosophy is required to be
uploaded under the “Leadership Statement” document.
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Teaching Statement/Portfolio
- Inclusive Excellence Statement
- Leadership Statement
- Undergraduate Transcripts
- Master's Transcripts
- Doctorate Transcripts