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POSITION: Department Chair, Music
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review begins December 2, 2013, and continues until interviews are scheduled.


Department of Music

Announcement for Position

Department Chair


Position: Department Chair, full-time position. Subject to funding availability.

Rank: Open   

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities: The Chair of Music has primary responsibility for the coordination, supervision and administration of programs and activities of the department.  This includes planning and budgeting; recruiting, mentoring, and evaluating faculty and staff; providing leadership in curricular matters and student recruitment; providing leadership in alumni relations and philanthropy; overseeing program reviews as required by the Illinois Board of Higher Education; teaching and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: Terminal degree in a music discipline or 30 hours beyond the Masterís degree in a performance area or equivalent professional experience. Evidence of academic excellence in teaching and research/creative activity that can contribute to the departmentís undergraduate and graduate programs. Ability to work effectively with department faculty across different areas and to represent the department with other campus constituencies. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a commitment to collaborative and transparent leadership.

Desired Qualifications: Successful experience in academic leadership and philanthropy. Experience with NASM accreditation procedures. Experience in a collective bargaining environment.

Deadline: Review of applications begins December 2, 2013, and continues until interviews are scheduled.

Application: A complete application will include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for five references, statement of leadership philosophy, statement of teaching philosophy, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable initially), and three current letters of reference sent under separate cover. Application materials submitted online at

Semifinalists may be asked for samples of research/creative activity materials.

For more information contact Glenn Hild, Chair of Screening Committee and Interim Assoc. Dean of College of Arts and Humanities,

Starting Date: July 1, 2014

The Department: The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Music in Performance with concentrations in Instrumental, Keyboard, Voice, Composition, and Jazz Studies; a Bachelor of Music in Teacher Certification with concentrations in Instrumental, Voice, and General Music; Master of Arts in Music with concentrations in Conducting, Performance, Jazz Studies, Composition, and Music Education. The department is currently staffed by 26 full-time and 7 adjunct faculty, and has 130+ majors. The Music program is accredited by NASM.

For more information about the department, please see: For more information about the College of Arts and Humanities, please see:

The University & Community: Eastern Illinois University places priority on teaching excellence for a student body in a residential setting. Approximately 9,000 on-campus students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Non-traditional and part-time students are enrolled in programs at both on- and off-campus sites. Eastern offers faculty a wide range of research and public service activities. The university is located in east central Illinois and combines the benefits of a community of 20,000 with access to several cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.

Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran - committed to achieving a diverse community.

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