Announcing the Director of the School of Music Search | Apply by March 4

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University seeks an innovative and energetic leader to serve as Director of our distinguished School. The successful candidate will be a strategic, skilled individual who will build upon the School’s legacy of excellence. As chief academic and administrative officer, the Director will also have the opportunity to leverage the significant artistic and academic resources of the College of the Arts, where it resides, as well as form partnerships with programs at Kent State University broadly. S/he reports to the Dean of the College of the Arts at Kent State University.

The School of Music, a vital unit of the College of the Arts, provides a rigorous, student-centered education in an environment that blends professional practice and academic investigation for approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate degrees include the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science with programs of study in Instrumental Performance, Music Education, Music, Jazz Studies, Piano Performance, Voice Performance, Composition, Music Technology, and Contemporary Popular Music, as well as minors in Music, Jazz Studies, World Music, Audio Recording, and Music Technology. At the graduate level, the Master of Arts degree is offered in Music Composition, Ethnomusicology, and Music Theory; the Master of Music degree is offered in Conducting, Music Education, and Performance; and the Doctor of Philosophy is offered in Music Education and Music TheoryComposition. The online Master of Music in Music Education, designed for current teachers, is the largest of its kind in the country. Explore our website here.

Kent State University is a residential, comprehensive research university with a national and international reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Founded in 1910, today the University enrolls more than 38,000 students from 104 countries in its eight-campus system with 28,000+ on its 950-acre Kent campus, The College of the Arts, one of 11 colleges at Kent State, is a recognized leader in the visual, performing, and design arts with nearly 2850 majors across four schools: the School of Art, The Fashion School, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre and Dance. In addition, the Kent State University Museum is an integral part of the College. Learn more about the College of the Arts here. 

Preferred qualifications and experience include:

  • A doctoral degree in one of the disciplines of the School of Music. 
  • A record of distinguished musicianship, research and/or creative activity in at least one field of music specialization.
  • Sensitivity to and support for a broad spectrum of musical disciplines; successful college-level administrative experience. 
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to use consensus to build a vision and achieve goals. 
  • Success in developing productive partnerships and collaborations. 
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and advancement. 
  • The perspective needed to create, facilitate, and implement curricula to enhance the quality of all undergraduate and graduate degree programs and student success.
  • Qualifications should be commensurate to be appointed at the rank of full professor within the School.

A complete leadership profile with application requirements may be found here

Applications should be received by March 4, 2019, although nominations and expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled.

Nominations and application materials should be submitted electronically to: Assisting the search will be Ellen L. Meyer, Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search,, 404.808.2903. Prospective candidates are welcome to contact Ms. Meyer by email to discuss this opportunity.

Kent State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

POSTED: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 3:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 3:38pm