Memorial University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, School of Music. The School of Music is the largest in Atlantic Canada, and is a centre for creativity and collaboration through scholarship, musical performance, composition and music education. 

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and Pro Vice-Chancellor, the Dean—in a manner that aligns with the School’s mission and objectives and the University’s strategic frameworks—will provide the unit with academic and administrative direction. As the School’s senior executive officer, the new Dean will work with the Music community to enhance excellence in performance, research, and education and, among other objectives, will acquire resources for space renewal and the development of its graduate program. The successful candidate will possess a superior academic profile and an advanced degree, combined with extensive administrative experience in a relevant music or music education environment. He/she must be committed to excellence in professional training, performance and production, and will combine that commitment with a talent for enhancing the profile and reputation of the School of Music. A hallmark of the ideal candidate will be someone who will advance the School’s connections to the musical, educational and artistic communities of Newfoundland and Labrador. This appointment, which is renewable, is for five years and will commence as mutually convenient in 2016.

Offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, the School enrolls about 200 students, has 22 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, three half-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, 13 sessional appointments, four adjunct professors, and three professional associates. The B.Mus. degree encompasses majors in performance; composition, musicologies, comprehensive studies, general musical studies; and two joint majors. The School offers a Conjoint B.Mus./B.Mus.Ed. degree in collaboration with Memorial’s Faculty of Education.  At the graduate level, degrees include the M.Mus. in performance, performance/pedagogy, and conducting, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology.  The Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place (MMaP) is a meeting ground for researchers, musicians and new media. Acoustically superb concert halls, a state of the art digital music lab, large rehearsal rooms, new pianos, and a wide range of ensembles provide a stimulating environment for the advancement of musical discovery among students, staff, and faculty. For the past several years, the School has enjoyed the contributions of a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Traditional Music/Ethnomusicology, and looks forward to the possibility of once again benefitting from the presence of an outstanding researcher as the process of hiring the next CRC receives approval. For more information about the School of Music, visit www.mun.ca/music.  

As Atlantic Canada’s most publicly engaged University, Memorial’s vision is to be one of the most distinguished public universities in Canada and internationally. Memorial enjoys national and global recognition, while fulfilling its social mandate to provide access to university education for the people of the province, and to contribute to the social, cultural, scientific and economic development of Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. This includes a duty to Aboriginal communities, an increasing population within the province.

Memorial has a special obligation to the people of the province. Established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars, Memorial University—one of the largest postsecondary institutions east of Quebec and the only university in the province—draws inspiration from the sacrifices of the past to build a better future. It is a comprehensive university with teaching and research programs of international distinction, and its consolidated budget exceeds $600M annually.  Graduate and undergraduate teaching and research opportunities are offered across a wide range of disciplines, including arts and science disciplines, as well as medicine and other professional and technical schools.  Memorial has more than 18,500 students spread across four campuses (two campuses located in St. John’s, including the Marine Institute, as well as campuses in Corner Brook and Harlow, England), and nearly 90,000 alumni around the world.  As a respected employer of more than 5,000 faculty, staff and students, Memorial University provides an environment that fosters innovation and creativity. For more information about Memorial, visit www.mun.ca.  

Memorial is strongly committed to employment equity, and especially welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Review of candidates will begin October 2015. To ensure consideration, please respond by that date. Inquiries or applications, in confidence, should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Jason Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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