Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
Morehead State University - Morehead, KY

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Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

The Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance provides academic, artistic and administrative leadership for the Department and its programs and promotes excellence in teaching, advising, creative endeavor, scholarship and service to the University and to the profession. The Chair supports the mission and goals of the University and works with other stakeholders to implement the University’s strategic plan. The Chair reports to the Dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Represent the department within the University and community. Develop, update, implement, and coordinate teaching, research, and service missions of the unit. Administer budgetary, personnel, and program activities. Coordinate and conduct faculty evaluation reviews and make recommendations. Oversee development, implementation and assessment of academic programs. Lead and oversee curriculum development and revision. Coordinate faculty workloads and develop course schedule. Oversee student advising, fellowships, internships, scholarships, grant programs and facilities. Develop outreach initiatives and foster relationships with external arts and education organizations and arts-related businesses and industries. Participate in fund-raising and other cultivation initiatives and work to identify resources for new and existing programs. Ensure compliance with applicable accreditation standards and serve as the institution’s official voting representative for NASM and NAST. Perform related duties as assigned with some teaching expected.

QUALIFICATIONS: The Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance is expected to be a strong, visionary and collaborative leader with the ability to build the quality and stature of the programs in the performing arts. The chair must be able to lead the recruitment of high-quality faculty and students, communicate effectively with the wider community and articulate a clear and consistent vision for the continued development of the Department. S/he is expected to build consensus, practice shared governance, and value diversity.

The successful candidate is expected to have credentials consistent with the attainment of tenure at the rank of full professor in at least one field or specialization represented in the department, including the doctoral degree in a relevant field and faculty rank as a tenured full professor or qualifications for such rank within the department. We are seeking candidates that have demonstrated a significant record of success in college-level academic administration related to the responsibilities of the position. The selection process will focus on candidates who can effectively represent the department within and outside of the University, demonstrate sensitivity to and support for a broad spectrum of arts disciplines and teacher education, are skilled in promoting productive partnerships and collaborations, and have the requisite disposition and ability to enhance the quality, expand the reputation and enlarge the enrollment of the department and its programs.

APPOINTMENT: Professor. Full-time, 12-month appointment, effective July 1, 2011. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

INFORMATION: Morehead State University is located in the northern section of the Daniel Boone National Forest, 100 miles southeast of Cincinnati and 150 miles northeast of Louisville. Recognized for the seventh consecutive year as one of the top public universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, MSU has a long-standing commitment to quality teaching and currently has a student body in excess of 9,000 students. The arts at MSU have a distinguished history and enjoy a reputation for excellence. In 2009 the performing arts programs were combined into an integrated administrative unit that enrolls approximately 280 majors. The department has a collaborative partnership with MSU’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music and offers undergraduate degrees in Music, Music Education, Jazz Studies, Performance, Theatre and Theatre Education as well as minors in Dance, Music and Traditional Music. The Master of Music degree is offered in Music Education and Performance. The Music program has been an accredited institutional member of NASM since 1965. The Theatre program became an accredited institutional member of NAST in 2004. For further information, please visit

APPLICATION: To apply, complete an online application for employment at In addition, attach the following items to the application: 1) a letter of application describing qualifications and experience and that address the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, 2) a current curriculum vitae and the names, position titles, mailing and email addresses, and telephone numbers of five (5) references. Other materials may be requested at a later date. Files can be attached by selecting “Attach/Upload Files” before selecting the “Submit Application” icon. Questions about uploading documents before or after submitting your online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (606) 783-2097.

Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

Nominations and inquiries about the position may be directed t Dr. M. Scott McBride, Dean, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 212 Rader Hall, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 40351,, 606-783-2650, .

Morehead State University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and armed forces service medal veterans, or disability in its educational programs, services, activities, employment policies, and admission of students to any program of study.

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