Director, School of Music


California State University, Fullerton seeks a Director of the School of Music, at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor, who is an outstanding artist/scholar/teacher and an experienced administrator with a forward-looking vision.


  • Administer all aspects of a complex School of Music including: budgetary, record keeping, scheduling, operations, faculty members’ assigned time, University policies and regulatory processes.
  • Work with the Dean and other Arts Chairs to support all aspects of the College of the Arts.
  • Serve as an advocate for the School of Music to the administration, University, arts community, and public at large.
  • Oversee all aspects of student recruitment and maintenance of a strong music student body.
  • Interact with Admissions and Records (and other academic support units as necessary) regarding student applications, entrance into the University, and timely graduation.
  • Administer all aspects of School of Music scholarship funds and awards as well as Non-Resident Tuition Fee Waivers (NRTFW), with the consultation and advice of music faculty.
  • Serve as a strong advocate in fundraising for the School of Music scholarship endowments and for other financial needs.
  • Organize and monitor all work of the Department Personnel Committee (DPC).
  • Recruit and support a diverse full-time and adjunct faculty and staff.
  • Organize and oversee the student advising process.



  • Terminal degree in a music discipline and a record of excellence in scholarly and/or creative activity in an area represented in one of the disciplines in the CSUF School of Music.
  • Currently tenured as Associate Professor of Music or Professor of Music.
  • Evidence of strong leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills.
  • Evidence demonstrating the ability to work effectively with a diverse constituency, including students, faculty, staff, and administration, as well as the public.
  • Evidence of effective strategies for recruitment and retention of highly qualified music majors.
  • Evidence of successful fundraising activities.
  • Substantial experience in budgetary matters.


  • Knowledge of and understanding of the California State University system’s policies and procedures.
  • Experience working with the National Association of Schools of Music accreditation process.
  • Experience managing a large administrative and technical staff.
  • Experience working within a collective bargaining environment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.

Rank & Salary
This is a full-time, 12-month appointment, and is a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Salary is competitive and commensurate with rank, experience, and qualifications. For a description of benefits, go to:

Appointment Date
July 1, 2018

Application Procedure
A complete online application must be submitted in order to receive consideration. To apply, please go to: to view all job listings and select 9734BR to begin the application process and provide the following materials:

  1. Cover letter relating your experience to the qualifications for this position, defining your strengths with regard to the position, and discussing your educational vision for 21st-century music students.
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Diversity Statement.
  4. List of names and contact information for three professional references.
  5. Additional materials may be required of applicants whose applications are to be given further consideration.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at, with the subject line “Director, School of Music Search” or call (657) 278-3256.

Application Deadline
Application review will begin immediately. To be assured of full consideration, please submit all materials by December 4, 2017.