Center for Popular Music
Middle Tennessee State University
The Center for Popular Music is a major research facility at Middle Tennessee State University. There are more than one million items in the Center’s archives, including 200,000 sound recordings, over 100,000 pieces of sheet music, 11,000 photographs, one of America’s largest collection of songsheet broadsides, manuscripts, scores, theater/dance band arrangements, gospel song books, tunebooks, etc.
The Center arranges, sponsors, and co-sponsors a range of programs, conferences, symposia, and concerts. The Director’s primary responsibilities are to provide vision for and administration of the Center as it works toward its mission of promoting research and scholarship in American vernacular music, fostering an understanding and appreciation of the nation’s diverse musical culture, and supporting the educational programs of the University.
The Director is a 12-month faculty position that provides administrative leadership and promotion of the Center. Position available 1 July 2013. Tenure upon appointment possible. Must qualify for appointment at the associate professor or full professor rank. Director will teach at least one course per semester in a relevant field. Faculty appointment will be made in academic department aligned with relevant degree.
The Director coordinates the work of six full-time staff members, graduate assistants, and interns; helps to shape a coherent collection development policy; develops scholarly and educational programs of interest on local, national, and international levels; maintains a professional profile at the national and international level; and fosters collaborative and productive partnerships within and across the university, academic, professional, and public communities.
The Director is the Center’s budget officer and will explore all means to secure funding for its operation. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Mass Communication.
Excellence in teaching, research/creative activity, and service is expected for all positions. MTSU seeks candidates committed to using integrative technologies in teaching.