The School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University seeks applications for the position of Director of the School of Music. The Director of the School of Music (SOM) oversees all programs within the school and collaborates with the dean and faculty in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) to promote the missions of the school, college, and university nationally and internationally. The position is a twelve-month, tenured appointment which begins July 1, 2020, at the rank of Professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.



The Director of the JMU SOM collaborates with leadership of the CVPA faculty to realize the vision of the SOM—“To be an internationally recognized center of music: A community that integrates tradition and innovation, inspires creativity, and fosters lifelong curiosity.” Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: effective representation of the SOM to the CVPA, the university, and the community as a whole; oversight of strategic planning for the school, regionally, nationally, and internationally;  administration of faculty, staff, and student affairs; budget administration; resource management and development; curriculum management; advocacy for all concentrations within the SOM; recruitment and retention of faculty and students; leadership in developing new programs within the school; professional support of faculty and staff; and participation in development efforts on behalf of the school and college.



Qualifications include evidence of the following: significant teaching and relevant administrative experience in higher education; a holistic and innovative vision for music in higher education and the broader community; a record of leadership; a demonstrated commitment towards building an equitable and diverse creative environment; clear and effective communication skills; an active national/international profile in their professional or scholarly area of expertise, with evidence of research and/or creative activity; and a terminal degree in music or related field.



With approximately 22,000 students, JMU is centrally located in Virginia’s beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley, 120 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.  JMU is ranked as the No. 2 Best Public Regional University in the South, as well as the No. 2 Most Innovative Regional University in the South, according to US News and World Report. The university has a nationally recognized commitment to undergraduate research and student entrepreneurship. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) brings together the Schools of Art, Design, and Art History; Theatre and Dance; and Music.  Research centers include The Center for Inclusive Music Engagement; The Institute for Creative Inquiry; and The Lisanby Museum. The CVPA is a founding member of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU). With over 98 full-time tenure-track faculty and 1,200 majors, the CVPA is a vital and collaborative artistic community.

The highly engaged School of Music includes nearly 400 undergraduate music majors (BM), over 200 music minors, and 70 master’s and doctoral students (MM and DMA).  The SOM has 55 full-time tenure-track faculty, 32 professional staff and adjunct positions, and produces more than 300 performances and presentations annually.  Approximately 2,500 students are involved in music programs annually. The curriculum prepares students for careers in music performance, music education, music industry, jazz studies, composition, conducting, and music theatre.  The undergraduate program incorporates general education studies, enabling students to understand music in historical, sociological, and economic contexts. Research partnerships across campus include the College of Integrated Science and Engineering; the College of Health and Behavioral Studies; the College of Arts and Letters; and the College of Science and Math. The SOM is an All-Steinway School, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the leading school of music within Virginia, as representative to the National Association of Music Executives from State Universities (NAMESU).

School of Music facilities include the Music Building and the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.  The Forbes Center is comprised of the Shirley Hanson Roberts Center for Music Performance and the Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance, housing five venues, each with state-of-the-art technical capabilities: the Mainstage Theatre (450 seats), the Concert Hall (600 seats), the Recital Hall (196 seats), the Studio Theatre (200 seats), and the Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre (200 seats). Other facilities include the newly renovated historic Wilson Hall (1,200 seats) and Platinum LEED certified Wayland Hall Arts Learning Community, a living and learning center where students reside, practice, perform and display their art.



To apply for this position, visit or go to and reference posting number F1384 and complete the online application. Applications for the position of Director of the School of Music at James Madison University should include the following: 

  • A cover letter indicating qualifications and administrative philosophy
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A separate document that evidences a career of engagement, commitment and leadership to faculty and student diversity (as Other Document #1)
  • Contact information for five professional references with first-hand knowledge of your achievements will be requested as part of the application. References will not be contacted unless you become competitive for this position.

Additional supporting information and materials may be requested. Review of candidates will begin on November 15, 2019. For full consideration, applications should be received by this date. Applications will be received until the position has been filled.

JMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer.  We seek candidates who will contribute to the climate and body of diversity in the school and the college.  The School of Music strives to create an educational environment in which students and faculty facilitate constructive dialogue in the classroom and community to inspire responsible citizenship in a diverse world.


James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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