Ball State University (BSU) is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. BSU’s School of Music has 350 undergraduate majors, 100 graduate students, and more than 70 artist-teachers. The School of Music is known for its vast and varied performance programs and national leadership in music education. The School offers courses in six distinct areas of study as well as award-winning ensembles and internationally renowned guest artists. The School of Music has one of the nation’s best-equipped recording studios and two state-of-the-art performance halls. BSU encourages and supports community engagement initiatives and values the School of Music’s community-based work. The location of the School of Music, within the College of Fine Arts, provides exciting opportunities for collaboration across disciplines and with external partners such as Netflix.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION
Reporting to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, the Director of the School of Music leads undergraduate, master’s degree, and doctoral music programs for both on-campus and online students, as well as lifetime learning initiatives such as non-credit courses and credentials. The director will provide strategic vision and change management, allocate resources transparently and fairly, inspire and supervise faculty, lead curriculum planning and development, oversee assessment and accreditation, identify resources, fundraise, and engage in community outreach. The School of Music is known for its vast and varied performance programs and its national leadership in music education. The School offers courses in six distinct areas of study as well as award-winning ensembles and internationally renowned guest artists. Ball State encourages and supports community engagement initiatives and values the School of Music’s community-based work.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree in music and have a track record of success in teaching, service, scholarly, and/or creative activity that qualifies them for the rank of professor with tenure in the School of Music. Candidates must demonstrate leadership in the administration of budgets, facilities, programs, strategic planning, and operations. The new director will manage all faculty matters, course scheduling, accreditation, and coordination of facilities and equipment. The director must possess a clear commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and belonging. The director will also assist the dean of the College of Fine Arts in the development and stewardship of funds for the School of Music. Preferred qualifications for the director include a capacity for professional accreditation processes; fundraising and/or grant writing; community engagement, and the ability to work with incentive-based budget models.
Characteristics of the Successful Candidate
Successful candidates will realize a vision of inclusive excellence in music education within the School of Music’s programs. A successful director of the School of Music will be:
- Able to articulate a clear vision for music higher education and be prepared to engage in a participatory planning process to create a mission and strategic plan that builds on the School of Music’s considerable assets and sets an agenda for national leadership for music in higher education.
- Proficient in, and have an aptitude for, leadership and administration, as evidenced by a record of leadership in the profession, at departmental or committee levels, or as associate chair, chair, or director.
- An outstanding communicator with community-building skills to increase trust and build a culture of accountability, collaboration, and mutual learning.
- Capable of leading a culture change through collaboration, innovation, adaptability, and flexibility
- A leader who is consistent, equitable, fair, objective, and transparent.
- A skilled administrator who can develop, implement, and enforce clear policies, procedures, and budgets.
- Creative in finding new revenue streams and prioritizing revenue-generating opportunities.
- A visionary with a clear understanding of contemporary challenges and opportunities in music higher education.
- Present and engaged in both the campus and Muncie art communities.
- A strategic thinker with the ability to plan, strategize and prioritize.
- An advocate for School of Music programs, students, and faculty.
- An established and respected faculty member with a record of outstanding teaching and research, and/or creative production.
- Committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in music within higher education, the performing arts, and the music industry.
- Agile with the use of data in decision–making and transparent with budget and resource management.
- A strong academic leader with at least seven years of experience as a full-time, higher education faculty member in music to qualify for tenure and the rank of professor at Ball State.
HISTORY OF THE POSITION
After the most recent director returned to the faculty in June of 2022, Dean Beckman hired an interim director through the Registry. The interim director is not a candidate for the permanent role. The interim director is currently working to clarify internal policies and improve communication throughout the School.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE ROLE
Dean Beckman, College of Fine Arts, and School of Music staff, students, and faculty seek a leader who can inspire the faculty, improve morale, and engage in vigorous planning and implementation that is informed by a forward-thinking vision. Under Dean Beckman’s leadership and BSU’s current strategic plan, there are new opportunities for program development and innovation through cross-school, cross-college, and cross-institution collaborations. A recent example is a unique partnership under development with Netflix that connects music analytics, communication sciences, and audiology.
The director will work collaboratively with the dean and the faculty to position the School as a national leader of innovative music instruction within the academy, a program that is responsive to current demographic shifts in the student body, and to the changing needs and interests of music audiences. The new director will lead a participatory planning process that outlines the School’s contribution to the strategic plans of BSU and the College of Fine Arts by building on the strengths of its faculty and programs and creating new possibilities for collaboration and program development. The School’s position within the College of Fine Arts allows for more significant opportunities for collaboration across disciplines and with new external partners. There are opportunities to build on the School of Music’s legacy of community engagement, as this is an institutional priority.
There is a need to continue to build on the success of the School’s marquis music programs, including music education. There is also an opportunity to diversify the total offerings in the School of Music, including growing applied and interdisciplinary fields and options for adult learning through noncredit programs. BSU is currently in the initial phase of an exciting capital campaign and music is a pillar program in that work. There will be an opportunity and a role for the director to play in the campaign.
MEASURES OF SUCCESS
At an appropriate interval after joining BSU, the items listed below will initially define success for the director of the School of Music.
- The director has facilitated a participatory planning process that articulates the School of Music’s mission and strategic priorities consistent with the University’s plan and vision for music in higher education.
- Faculty morale has improved through better communication and the transparent implementation of policies and procedures.
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion are evident in all decisions, policies, and procedures within the School of Music.
- Working effectively and collaboratively with the dean and the School of Music faculty, the director has identified new revenue-generating programs.
- The faculty and staff are working together productively and realizing new impactful opportunities for collaboration across the College of Fine Arts and the University.
- The director responds positively and effectively to feedback.
- BSU and community stakeholders recognize the director as the “face” of the School of Music.
- The School of Music faculty and programs are recognized at the University, and nationally, as leaders in music education within higher education.
- Retention, persistence, and overall enrollment statistics in the School of Music are substantial and rising.
- Community engagement initiatives are effective in building and diversifying programming and audiences.
- The School expands and creates new external partnerships.
- Budget and resource needs have been prioritized with a data–informed plan to advocate for needed funding as well as diversify revenue streams that include market–driven programming.
- The director works effectively with the dean and the BSU Foundation team to support the capital campaign.
OVERVIEW OF THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
The mission of Ball State’s College of Fine Arts is to promote awareness, appreciation, and expertise in the fine arts among the students, the University community, and the public. Students and faculty members act as advocates for the arts in a variety of ways, ranging from education and performance to exhibition and consultation.
BSU School of Art
The School of Art at Ball State includes exceptional art-making facilities and faculty and staff who are active nationally and internationally as artists, creators, scholars, and designers.
BSU Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance fosters compassionate, inclusive, and empathetic human beings; challenging students to become exceptional artists through the exploration of the dynamic relationship between art and the human experience.
David Owsley Museum of Art
The David Owsley Museum of Art cultivates lifelong learning and recreation in the visual arts through its collection of original works of art, engaging exhibitions, and educational programs for the University community and other diverse audiences.
LEADERSHIP OF THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
Seth Beckman – Dean of the College of Fine Arts / Professor of Music
Dean Beckman is passionate about engaging communities through the arts, cultivating an environment that makes the arts accessible. He has created new opportunities for the arts faculties to collaborate with one another, with other BSU colleges and programs, and with community partners. A Ball State alumnus, Beckman previously held academic and administrative positions at Duquesne University, Florida State University, and the University of Illinois (Champaign–Urbana).
“It is a distinct privilege to serve as dean of Ball State’s College of Fine Arts and to join the campus leadership team guided by President Mearns and Provost Rivera-Mills,” Beckman said. “This opportunity is all the more meaningful because it enables me to serve the institution that has given me so much. Rich in its history, Ball State is positioned beautifully to honor and respect its past while innovating for the future: through lasting commitments to excellence, relevance, partnerships, sustainability, impact, and community engagement in our ever-evolving world.”
OVERVIEW OF THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
BSU’s School of Music has 350 undergraduate majors, 100 graduate students, and more than 70 artist-teachers. The School of Music is known for its vast and varied performance programs and national leadership in music education. The School offers courses in six distinct areas of study as well as award-winning ensembles and internationally renowned guest artists. The School of Music has one of the nation’s best-equipped recording studios and two state-of-the-art performance halls.
School of Music Facilities
Housed in two buildings, the School of Music is home to two tunable performance halls, an elite music media production complex, large and small rehearsal spaces, classrooms, instructional studios, practice rooms, and offices.
Music Instruction Building
Completed in August 2004, the Music Instruction Building is home to Ball State University’s music media production and music performance programs. The building houses 24 teaching studios, 23 practice rooms, two performance halls, nine recording studios, a sonic arts media lab, and large and small rehearsal spaces. The choral, orchestral, and band offices and libraries are also housed here.
- Sursa Performance Hall
- Hahn Recital Hall
- Music Media Production Studios
Hargreaves Music Building
The Hargreaves Music Building houses instructional studios; music theory, music history, and music education classrooms; two large rehearsal spaces for Jazz Ensembles, University Singers, and Opera Theatre; 12 practice rooms; a piano laboratory; and School of Music administrative offices.
Named after Robert Hargreaves, director of the School of Music from 1945-1981, the building was completed in 1958 and was partially renovated in 2014. Pruis Hall, Emens Auditorium, and the Arts and Communication Building are all accessible via a tunnel system in the building’s basement.
John J. Pruis Hall is a 640-seat venue used for a variety of Ball State functions, including classes, convocations, orientation, conferences, speakers, and the performing arts.
Emens Auditorium is Ball State’s premier venue for arts and entertainment events. The auditorium seats more than 3,000 people. Since its 1964 grand opening, many world-renowned artists, individuals, musicians, and shows have graced the Emens stage. Legendary events have included David Letterman, Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong, magician David Copperfield, comedian Adam Sandler, and the musicals Cats and Les Miserables, among many others.
Ball State University is a public institution with a reputation for excellence in community engagement. It offers highly respected programs in education, architecture, business, communications, fine arts, sciences and humanities, and the health professions. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs.
Ball State prepares students to take advantage of current and emerging job opportunities, meet society’s most pressing needs, and serve the communities where they will live and work. BSU students learn, grow, and take flight with faculty and staff as their partners.
MISSION AND VALUES
“We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.”
Excellence. We commit to excel in all that we do.
Innovation. We commit to being creative, responsive, and progressive.
Courage. We commit to setting ambitious goals and taking the risks necessary to achieve those goals.
Integrity. We commit to being honest, ethical, authentic, and accessible.
Inclusiveness. We commit to respecting and embracing equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.
Social responsibility. We commit to act for the benefit of society at large.
Gratitude. We commit to expressing appreciation to others and demonstrate our gratitude through our actions.
Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State University’s ambitious goals for the second century. The plan was designed with input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners, and benefactors. It provides a strategic framework with five long-term goals for 2040 and a small set of strategic imperatives to be executed by 2024.
To read the full strategic plan of Ball State University click here.
INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE PLAN
At Ball State University, inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all its efforts.
“In our strategic plan, we define inclusiveness as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’
The terms’ diversity’ and ‘diverse’ are used throughout this Inclusive Excellence Plan. Our definition of diversity recognizes the full gamut/broad spectrum of experiences and unique differences of all members of our community. We celebrate diversity in all its dimensions as we endeavor to create and sustain an inclusive campus environment.”
To see the full plan see here.
Geoffrey S. Mearns – President
After joining the University in May of 2017, President Mearns helped to develop a new strategic plan. Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes a long-range vision for the University that sets priorities across five key areas: undergraduate excellence, graduate education and lifetime learning, community engagement and impact, scholarship and societal impact, and institutional and inclusive excellence.
During his tenure, President Mearns has pursued initiatives that have produced the largest first-year class in history and increased alumni engagement and fundraising. President Mearns has also strengthened the University’s relationship with the community, most notably through its innovative partnership with Muncie Community Schools.
President Mearns earned his undergraduate degree in English from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. After a legal career that included serving as a federal prosecutor, President Mearns held academic and administrative roles at Cleveland State University, and then he served as president of Northern Kentucky University.
Some key benefits offered at Ball State University:
- Temporary housing
- PPO health plan
- Health Saving Account (HSA) plan
- 403B plan
- 457 plan
- Significant match to the retirement plan
- Paid parental leave
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At Ball State University, inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.