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Department Chair - Music

Apply now Job no: 503201
Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Music Department
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
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General Summary of Position:

The Department of Music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is seeking an innovative, entrepreneurial, and dynamic leader for the position of Department Chair. 

The Chair of the Department of Music is the senior academic and administrative manager of the department and is a member of the department’s faculty. Responsibilities include overseeing the Departmental budget, management of staff, ensuring facilities are properly maintained, and advocating for the needs of the Department of Music; this includes recruiting, mentoring and evaluation of faculty and staff. The initial Chair appointment is for a 3-year term with a reduced course load during this period. The expectation is that the successful candidate, assuming satisfactory performance, will serve for more than one 3-year term.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, and promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

About the Department of Music:  Our NASM-accredited Bachelor of Music degree programs are nationally recognized for their progressive course offerings and successful alumni.  All degree programs incorporate a progressive and holistic approach to contemporary music making, drawing from a broad spectrum of global, historical, and popular music practices, emphasizing creativity and a practical application of theoretical principles. Our department of approximately 430 students, with 19 full time faculty and 38 adjuncts offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Business; Composition for New Media; Music Performance; Music Studies (teaching preparation) and one of the university’s long-standing signature programs, Sound Recording Technology.  In addition, we offer graduate programs in Music Education, Community Music and Sound Recording Technology.  Our programs provide our students with practical experiences, theoretical knowledge, and the entrepreneurial acumen needed for success in their chosen fields of study. 

About UMass Lowell: The Department of Music is housed within the University's College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS).  The College is the largest unit of the University, with 11 academic departments and over 200 full-time faculty members.  FAHSS has experienced significant growth in recent years, including hiring over 70 new faculty members, achieving a 70% growth in funded research expenditures, and the addition of several new interdisciplinary graduate programs.

UMass Lowell is a national research university located in an energetic urban center that is considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, and is a rich and diverse cultural, arts, and technology hub in the northeast sector of Massachusetts. Our historic downtown, established as the first urban National Historical Park forty years ago, is convenient to Boston and other points of interest in the region. In addition to the Summer Music Series of concerts for adults and kids, the Lowell Folk Festival is an annual celebration of traditional folk music, artisan crafts and ethnic foods, within the heart of Lowell National Historical Park.  With one of the largest Cambodian populations in the US, our music program boasts one of the only collegiate traditional Cambodian Music Ensembles in the country, linking our campus and our students to the Greater Lowell community. 

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Applicants must hold an earned doctorate in music, as well as a demonstrated track record of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Additionally, candidates must provide evidence of ongoing commitment to one or more lines of significant, innovative, and forward-looking scholarship as demonstrated through publications, national/international professional activities and creative activity appropriate to our programs.
  • Candidates must have a record of scholarly achievement to warrant a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor--although, a Full Professor is highly preferred.
  • The ideal candidate must have significant administrative experience at the college level and should have taken a program through NASM accreditation.

While the area of specialization is open, applicants should carefully consider how their research and creative interests would integrate with our existing programs. A demonstrable history of successful fundraising, community engagement, and academic program development are preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close once an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

Please include the following required documents with your application:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Teaching Statement/Philosophy
  • Research Statement
  • Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Sample of Scholarly Work/Publication
  • Three letters of recommendation are required.  **Names and email addresses of three references will also be required during the application process. The referees will be notified and should upload recommendation letters. Only recommendation letters that are uploaded to the system by the referee will be accepted. Emailed or hard-copy letters will not be accepted.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

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