Associate or Full Professor of Music and Department Chair

Brown University - Department of Music

Brown University seeks an accomplished music scholar who will contribute to the Department of Music’s intellectual and organizational leadership.

Brown’s Department of Music is at an important transitional moment.  Following several senior retirements and some highly promising new hiring, the department is partnering with the Provost and the Dean of the Faculty to develop a strategic plan.  The next department chair, who will ideally take up the position on July 1, 2018, will have the opportunity to build upon strategic planning work already underway and to shape its future.

The Department of Music is a key department in Brown University’s current strategic plan, Building on Distinction.  Spanning scholarship, creation, and practice, Music is central for two of the plan’s integrative themes:  “Cultivating Creative Expression” and “Exploring Human Experience.”  Music is one of the constituent members of the recently established Brown Arts Initiative, and the department’s chair serves on the Initiative’s executive committee.  Music is also the main stakeholder in a new Performing Arts Center currently in the initial stages of design and slated for completion in 2021.  The next chair of Music will be centrally engaged in these exciting new developments.

To fill this position, Brown is seeking a music scholar who is currently an advanced associate or full professor.  Best consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following:

An earned PhD, preferably in musicology, and with a record of scholarship and teaching commensurate with a tenured appointment.  While a degree in music is not a requirement, candidates’ scholarly expertise and affiliation should be in music and they should ideally have held appointments in music departments or programs.

Research and teaching interests preferably in musicology but also extending to other areas within music (e.g., composition, electronic/new media, ethnomusicology, improvisation, jazz, performance, popular music studies, production, sound studies, theory).

Administrative experience and organizational skills appropriate for overseeing the programs and resources of a complex department.

Intellectual leadership and vision for building upon the department’s strategic planning work and contributing to the advancement of Brown’s larger strategic goals in the arts.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion within the discipline and in the academy generally.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, please use the following link: Applicants should submit the following materials via Interfolio: cover letter describing research and teaching interests as well as administrative experience, and a current curriculum vitae.  Candidates should submit the names of five references (via the application form) the search committee may contact later in the process. Applicants should not request letters at this time.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but best consideration will be given to materials submitted before December 4, 2017.

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