Director of the School of Music

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7091004 (Ref.No. BSU28792)
Posted: December 22, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

  • Provide leadership and vision for the School of Music in all its facets, which includes developing and implementing undergraduate and graduate academic programs.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and communicate the academic, operational, budgetary, and promotional activities for the School of Music.
  • Advocate for resources—including equipment, technology, faculty travel, and scholarly/creative activities—for the all members of the School of Music, including tenured/tenure track, non-tenure line, and staff.

Ball State University’s College of Fine Arts welcomes applications for Director of the School of Music, available July 1, 2022.

The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and serves as the school’s chief executive who plans, directs, and coordinates the academic, operational, personnel, budgetary matters and promotional activities pertaining to the school, provides leadership and direction in the development and implementation of academic programs, and advocates quality in teaching. 

The Director serves as the school’s primary spokesperson and representative to the college, university, and external community, engages in proactive, collaborative short and long-range planning for the School of Music, facilitates opportunities for faculty scholarship and creative endeavors, manages the recruitment and retention of excellent faculty, and works to support a culture of diversity, inclusiveness, clear communication, and collegiality between faculty, staff, and students. 

The director is expected to function as a collaborative, innovative, inclusive and adaptive member of the College of Fine Arts leadership team in service to the Ball State arts community, both within and beyond one's home unit. 

Job Function:

  • Provide leadership and vision for the School of Music in all its facets, which includes developing and implementing undergraduate and graduate academic programs.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and communicate the academic, operational, budgetary, and promotional activities for the School of Music.
  • Advocate for resources—including equipment, technology, faculty travel, and scholarly/creative activities—for the all members of the School of Music, including tenured/tenure track, non-tenure line, and staff.

Minimum Education:

Appropriate terminal degree in music. 

Minimum Experience:

  • At least seven years of experience as a full-time, higher education faculty member in music.  
  • At least three years of demonstrated administrative experience in exercising leadership and consultative decision-making at the departmental level in higher education, to include curricular development, budget activities, facilities, and equipment. 

Preferred Experience:

  • Professional and administrative experience in the Arts in higher education, including, but not limited to, graduate programs administration. 
  •  Demonstrated success with national accreditation processes.  
  •  Demonstrated success with fundraising and/or grant writing at multiple levels. 
  •  Demonstrated success with community engagement. 
  •  Demonstrated success facilitating the use of new technologies within a music or music-related curriculum. 
  •  Demonstrated success with incentivized-based budgeting models. 
  •  Demonstrated awareness of contemporary best practices in schools of music. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in the development and evaluation of graduate and undergraduate academic and non-academic programs and curriculum within the School of Music. 
  • Serve as the school’s primary spokesperson and representative to the college, university, and external community, and as an engaged participant in the College Leadership Team. 
  • Assist the Dean in fundraising efforts.
  • Collaboratively plan, execute, and modify strategic initiatives for the School of Music. 
  • Actively support an environment among faculty, staff, and students that integrates diversity, inclusive excellence, collegiality, empathy, and transparency as part of its core identity. 
  • Manage the recruitment and retention of excellent faculty; act as advocate for faculty members in matters concerning promotion, tenure, special assigned leave, release time, etc. 
  • Participate in student recruitment and retention, administration of scholarships, placement, and recognition of superior student performance. 
  • Facilitate opportunities for faculty creative and scholarly endeavors. Encourage and assist faculty members in maintaining and renewing their academic/scholarly and professional credentials. 
  • Manage all matters relating to appointment, evaluation, promotion, and tenure of faculty members within the guidelines adopted by the school, college, and university; administer the school evaluation policies concerning teaching, scholarly productivity, creative endeavors and service. 
  • Assign, orient, supervise, and review work of staff; including interviewing, selection, compensation, performance appraisal, remediation, training, and career development. 
  • Manage the assignment and scheduling of school courses and faculty loading. 
  • Supervise facilities and equipment, including technology needs for the entire school; work with facilities planning and management to maintain a safe and efficient working environment. 
  • Oversee professional, discipline-specific accreditation processes as well as needed university accreditation(s). 
  • Teach courses in general and/or expertise-specific areas of the discipline, School, and/or College as negotiated with the Dean.


  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.