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Institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Position: Chair: Department of Music & Dance

General Information:

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts seeks an experienced and energetic administrator to chair the Department of Music & Dance. It is anticipated that the position will include a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor, with a starting date of September 1, 2006.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.


Required qualifications: a Master's degree in music, dance, or related field and a proven record of successful administrative experience. Knowledge of budgets, strategic planning, resource allocations, and academic procedures is essential.

Preferred qualifications: a terminal degree in music, dance, or related field; demonstrated experience in personnel and budget management, demonstrated success in securing external funding; and experience in music curriculum development. Ideally, candidates will have a distinguished record of achievement that includes successful administrative and teaching experience at the college or university level.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The chair will provide leadership and vision in a department that has a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs. The chair will serve as chief academic and administrative officer of the department and will be the department's representative on campus, in the Five Colleges, and the larger professional community. S/he reports directly to the Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and will work with the Dean to develop the educational and artistic growth of the department through faculty and student recruitment, visiting artist relationships, as well as fundraising and outreach activities. It is expected that the chair will strengthen collegial interactions among faculty, staff, and administrators and will encourage collaboration with other departments and colleges.

Salary Range: commensurate with qualifications and experience

Items to Send:

Applications should consist of a cover letter and CV, with names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. Additional supporting materials may be requested of finalist candidates.

Deadline: November 1, 2005


Music & Dance Chair Search Committee, c/o Jeanne Lapan, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, South College, 150 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9274

Other Information:

UMass Amherst is a member of the Five College Consortium along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and is also a member of the Academic Career Network, a resource for dual career couples. The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer; applications from women and members of minority groups are encouraged.

Date Listed: 12/30/2005

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