San Diego State University is seeking a Director of the School of Music and Dance to provide visionary leadership and strong advocacy for an academic program dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration in creative and research activities, traditional and progressive approaches to arts education, and active engagement with the diverse community of Southern California.
The successful candidate will bring a record of effective administrative leadership in an academic setting, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, experience in budgetary planning and curricular assessment, and the ability to advocate for the areas of music and dance both within the university as well as in the San Diego community. He/she will have a professional profile that warrants appointment at the rank of Full Professor in accordance with the stated mission of the School of Music and Dance. A terminal degree in a relevant field is required, although candidates with an appropriate advanced degree and exceptional professional experience may also be considered.
The Director represents the School of Music and Dance to the college, the university, and the community at regional, national, and international levels. The Director is responsible for strategic planning; faculty recruitment, mentoring, and evaluation; managing budgets for instruction, equipment, and revenue; leading curriculum development and assessment; managing the administrative staff; and overseeing music and dance facilities. The Director also has a leadership role in fundraising and is expected to develop and maintain professional relationships within and outside the university.
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The appointment will be at the rank of Full Professor with tenure, and the salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.
THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DANCE
The School of Music and Dance at SDSU (www.musicdance.sdsu.edu) offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and Master of Music degrees, as well as an undergraduate Performer’s Certificate, a graduate Artist Diploma, and academic minors in Classical Music, Electronic Music, Elementary Music, Jazz, and Somatic Studies. Currently the School is composed of 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 36 full-time and part-time lecturers, 14 studio artist instructors (including a resident string quartet and leading members of the San Diego Symphony), and an administrative staff of 11. The School of Music and Dance is an important contributor to the efforts and continued success of Arts Alive SDSU, a campus-wide strategic initiative housed within the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts that is designed to elevate the role of arts events and arts practices as an integral part of the university experience.
COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND FINE ARTS (PSFA):
The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University (www.psfa.sdsu.edu) is comprised of seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership, and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU and PSFA’s strategic goals, and who will sustain excellence in their research or creative endeavors, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity.
San Diego State University (www.sdsu.edu) is an established and acknowledged leader in the 23-campus California State University system. With more than 7,700 faculty and staff and 35,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral granting institution with high research activity, and annually receives over $115 million in external research grants and awards. With a student body among the most diverse in the United States, SDSU is known for cultivating a welcoming environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, whether such diversity is defined by cultural, racial, sexual identity, or veteran status. SDSU has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED), and has been recognized by Professional Women’s Magazine as being one of the nation’s best universities for women, Military Times for being among the Best Colleges for Veterans, and is listed as a top LGBT Friendly campus by CampusPride.org.
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
SDSU is a Title IX, Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability or veteran status, including veterans of the Vietnam era.
Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. SDSU's approximately 35,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. SDSU's annual economic impact to t...he state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.San Diego State University is a community diverse in race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, national origin, religious and political belief, age, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. As a university committed to learning in all its forms, San Diego State University recognizes the need to attract and retain a critical mass of diverse persons who will advance its goals and ideals.