Job - University of Michigan, Dean: School of Music, Theatre and Dance

30 Sep 2014 7:43 PM | Anonymous

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the public flagship university of the state and one of the world’s preeminent research universities, seeks a dean for its highly recognized School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). The SMTD combines and integrates the advantages of a performing arts conservatory with those of a leading research university, offering teaching and performance opportunities from the undergraduate through doctoral levels in a comprehensive range of coursework that spans the fields of music, theatre, and dance (including opera and musical theatre), as well as strong interdisciplinary initiatives with many of the university’s other 18 schools and colleges. The school’s extraordinary faculty includes internationally active performers; prize-winning composers, choreographers, and playwrights; and renowned scholars. Public performances and pre-college outreach programs offer service to and connection with the university, the community, the region, and the state.

The new dean will provide vigorous artistic and academic leadership to the SMTD, bringing the school together around a vision for the optimal SMTD of the future. The dean is the chief executive and academic officer of the school, overseeing its academic programs and policies, stewarding the school’s financial, capital, and human resources, and playing a prominent role in fund raising and external relations. The dean reports to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. The highly decentralized structure of the university gives the dean significant autonomy for establishing a strategic vision for the school and marshalling the resources to support that vision.

Successful candidates should be nationally recognized artists and scholars whose active and distinguished professional records include some combination of performance, teaching, research, and leadership in the performing arts. Candidates must be qualified to assume a tenured faculty position at the University of Michigan, and will be expected to have a demonstrated commitment to positive action that supports the educational goals associated with a diverse student body, faculty, and curriculum.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by October 15, 2014. The university has retained Witt/Kieffer to assist with this search. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile that can be found at, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the consultants for the search, Robin Mamlet and Elizabeth Bohan, at The consultants can also be reached by phone through the desk of Leslie Donahue, administrative support for this search, at 630-575-6178.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.


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