Brown University seeks an accomplished music scholar who will contribute to the Department of Music’s intellectual and organizational leadership.
Background and Opportunities
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.
The Department of Music
The Department of Music includes eight professorial faculty with a range of expertise covering musicology, ethnomusicology, music technology, theory, and composition. There are also four performance-based faculty positions, and two staff members who have a significant instructional role. Several faculty in other departments also contribute to teaching and research in music at Brown. The department is supported by four administrative staff.
The department graduates approximately 20 undergraduate music majors. Many more student-musicians pursuing other academic interests participate in the wide range of performing ensembles and opportunities that the department supports, including orchestra, chorus, wind symphony, jazz band, electroacoustic improv, Ghanaian drumming, and Javanese gamelan. Students may also elect to take individual lessons from around 30 accomplished musicians through the department’s Applied Music Program.
In doctoral education, the department has a tradition of strength in advanced study of ethnomusicology and computer/multimedia composition. Planning work now underway is considering how the PhD program should evolve and expand upon these areas. Currently, around four PhD students enter each year and receive generous financial support from the University throughout their studies.
The department sponsors nearly 200 events per year. Its facilities and resources include the Orwig Music Library, Grant Recital Hall, multimedia and music technology studios, and practice and rehearsal spaces. Music also makes regular use of facilities in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts and large performance spaces in other campus buildings. The new Performing Arts Center will include significant new spaces for musical performance, rehearsal, and practice.
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.
To apply for this position, please use the following link: apply.interfolio.com/46329 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.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
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