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Dean, School of Music and Dance

Job no: 520868
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Arts/Theater/Museum, Music/Dance
Department:Music and Dance, School of

Department: Office of the Provost and Sr. Vice President
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-EXEC-Fiscal Year 2017-2018
FTE: 1

Application Review Begins
October 16, 2017; position opened until filled

Position Summary
The University of Oregon invites nominations and applications for dean of the School of Music and Dance. Reporting to the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, the dean is the chief academic and administrative officer, oversees all aspects of the school's mission and operation, and serves as the chief spokesperson and fundraiser for the school.

The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance is the premier higher education institution of music and dance in the Pacific Northwest. It is one of nine distinct schools and colleges that compose Oregon’s public flagship research university, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in music and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in dance. Each year, the school serves more than 400 majors, including approximately 130 graduate students, more than 200 minors, and over 6,000 students from across the university. Additional information may be found at

The next dean of the School of Music and Dance will be an inspiring, strategic leader and creative professional who will partner with the school’s faculty and other leaders to shape, develop, and implement a vision for enhancing the excellence and vitality of the school. The dean will nurture high-quality scholarship, creative activity, teaching, and diversity as critical components of excellence, building and developing further the school’s outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff. The next dean will also be a visible and compelling advocate for the arts — internally and externally — with a strong capacity for fundraising as well as management of large, complex budgets. In addition, the dean will provide leadership and strategic vision; work well in a collaborative decision-making environment; be passionately interested in students and their development as artists, scholars, and makers; and demonstrate strong organizational and management skills. The dean will possess the academic credentials and a distinguished record of scholarly accomplishments or comparable achievements in their core discipline sufficient to qualify for tenure and appointment at the level of professor in the School of Music and Dance.

The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities, is a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university offers 287 undergraduate majors, minors, and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines across nine schools and colleges. The university has broad-based academic strengths with eight professional programs and 12 doctoral programs ranked among the top 20 percent nationally.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by October 16, 2017. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, 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 email to University of Oregon’s consultants Robin Mamlet, Suzanne Teer, and Melissa Fincher at

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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