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Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts invites applications and nominations for its next director. The successful candidate will be appointed to a 12-month tenured position in music, theatre, or cinema, and will report directly to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
The school is home to music, theatre, and cinema programs. There are 112 students pursuing the B.A. in Music, 110 students pursuing the B.A. in Theatre (including a cinema emphasis), and 21 graduate students pursuing M.F.A. degrees in Theatre. The school has 49 full-time faculty, 9 part-time faculty, and 10 staff. The director is supported by faculty chairs in music and theatre. The School of Performing Arts is accredited by NASM and NAST.
The School of Performing Arts is poised to be a national leader in interdisciplinary arts education, with the presence of three strong artistic units that function both individually and as a collective. It is a place where talented students with a variety of academic interests come to grow as artists and people, with abundant opportunities for individual attention and mentoring.
The School of Performing Arts values the connections among the traditional study of the arts, the application of new technologies, and the value of interdisciplinary education. In addition to its broad foundations, the school has a strong history of integrating technology and performance, working across disciplines, engaging with our community, and investigating the role of the arts in society. These strengths allow us to offer students a variety of opportunities both in and outside the classroom.
The successful candidate will articulate a clear and practical vision for the school's national and international excellence. Central to the work of the new director will be furthering the mission and vision of the school, expanding programs, extending reach, and garnering resources. The director is responsible for oversight of fiscal, curricular, and personnel matters, accreditation, strategic planning, and event programming. This dynamic individual will facilitate the creative and innovative work of faculty and students, support collaboration, and establish a cohesive culture that embraces our diverse strengths.
We seek a director who will build upon the history of interdisciplinary collaboration within the school and across the university. The director will also work with other arts programs on campus, including the Moss Arts Center; the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT); the School of Visual Arts; and other units to build these connections and seek new growth opportunities.
Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. The School of Performing Arts greatly values inclusion, and as a faculty, we are committed to diversity in all aspects of our work. We warmly encourage women and underrepresented candidates to apply for this position.
Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, Virginia, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Its location near the New River provides a variety of opportunities for outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and canoeing. Blacksburg is 40 miles southwest of Roanoke and is serviced by the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. Blacksburg was named one of the “best places in the U.S. to raise kids” (BusinessWeek, 2011) and is among the top 25 “best places to retire” (Forbes, 2015). While perhaps best known for its beautiful natural setting and Hokie Football, the arts at Virginia Tech are vibrant. The School of Performing Arts presents over 250 public events each year, ranging from fully mounted theatre productions to experimental works, and from large symphonic concerts to documentary and narrative film.
The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in music, theatre or cinema, as well as a demonstrated record of achievement in an area of specialty sufficient to warrant appointment with tenure at the rank of Professor. The ideal candidate will have a national profile as an artist or arts leader and as an effective advocate for the arts. The candidate must also demonstrate significant administrative experience in higher education, including strategic planning, assessment and accreditation, and personnel and budget management.
Preference will be given to applicants with fundraising experience, a proven understanding of the varied needs and artistic goals of diverse disciplines and groups, a record of fostering collaboration and building consensus, experience cultivating multi-disciplinary initiatives, and an awareness of the value of traditional disciplines working alongside experimental forms of art making. We seek candidates with the demonstrated potential to contribute effectively to a faculty team dedicated to creating a positive, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population.
Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Review Date: 11/01/2016