Oakland University – Director for School of Music, Theatre, Dance – Associate Dean

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OAKLAND UNIVERSITY – Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan) invites nominations and applications for the newly created position of Director for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (with the administrative rank of Associate Dean).

 

The recent establishment of the OU School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) and the 12-month administrative position of Director follows an August 2017 decision by the Oakland University Board of Trustees to formally recognize and support the 30 plus years of consistent growth and expansion of programs and offerings within the music, theatre and dance disciplines.

 

As such, this exciting new position requires a passionate, dynamic and imaginative visionary capable of leading a highly energized and dedicated faculty toward continued success and enhanced institutional prominence. The Director of the OU SMTD, who will report to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, must possess experience as an administrator of a higher education music, theatre or dance program, and be able to understand and support the academic (teaching, performance and scholarly work) of the School. S/he must also possess the capacity and vision to serve as a principal advocate for the performing arts, not only within the greater university community, but also across Michigan and beyond. Candidates must demonstrate experience with, or a commitment to, diversity and inclusion.

 

Oakland University is located on a beautiful campus of 1,443 acres approximately 25 miles north of Detroit, in Oakland County, Michigan. The University is a public institution with an enrollment of approximately 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of the nation’s 90 doctoral

/research universities, Oakland University offers 132 bachelor’s degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Currently in the OU SMTD, there are 172 faculty and staff members serving 3,400 Oakland University students, including 230 music majors, 125 theatre majors, and 60 dance majors. The SMTD offers 23 degree programs from the bachelor’s to doctoral level, six minors, and six professional certificate programs. A bachelor’s degree in music technology and industry is also currently under review. All programs are fully accredited by the NASM, NAST, and NASD. Artists in residence affiliated with Oakland University include members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, jazz musician and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, a regional professional orchestra in residence at OU, as well as dance ensembles Eisenhower Dance and Take Root.

 

Minimum Qualifications: Terminal degree in a performing arts field; Outstanding record of teaching, scholarship or creative activity and service appropriate for appointment to the rank of full professor with tenure; Experience and demonstrated success in higher education administration, including budget and personnel management; A demonstrated commitment to artistic excellence, scholarly rigor, shared governance, collegiality and a willingness to engage faculty and staff in strategic planning, consensus building, and decision-making.

 

Preferred Qualifications:  Understanding of and proven success in recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive body of high quality students and faculty; The capacity to cultivate relationships within the university community and the community at large, including fostering outreach, engagement and alumni relations; The capacity to be a successful friendraiser/ fundraiser and lead the creation and execution of a destination performing arts center through which the next phase of school needs can be realized; Possess a clear understanding of college and arts accreditation agencies.

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2017.  Interested applicants are encouraged to electronically submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and at least four professional reference contacts (name, phone, email address) via http://jobs.oakland.edu/postings/12387.  All applications, nominations and inquiries will remain confidential.  References will not be called until after first screening and Skype interviews, and then only after the applicant has given permission.  Questions or inquiries can be directed to Gregory Cunningham, Chair, Search Committee, at cunningh@oakland.edu.

 

Oakland University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity.