Marla Bradford

Senior Employment Recruiter
Office of Human Resources
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.6575

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    Duquesne University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music, to begin July 1, 2014. Duquesne University is a private Catholic, coeducational urban university founded in 1878 by the Congregation of the Holy Ghost. It is committed to academic excellence, developing moral and spiritual values, and maintaining an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity for its nearly 10,000 students. Its attractive campus setting is located on a bluff overlooking the City of Pittsburgh, one of the nation's most livable cities.

    The School of Music, founded in 1926, celebrated its 85th anniversary in 2011. It was named in honor of Mary Pappert in 1999 after a bequest of the Pappert family. Undergraduate degrees offered at the Pappert School include the Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, Bachelor of Music in Music Technology and Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business. Students may pursue applied studies in classical and/or jazz styles. Graduate level degrees include Master of Music degrees in Performance, Music Technology, Music Education and Sacred Music, as well as Artist Diploma in Performance. A Master's Degree in Music Therapy is pending approval from the AMTA. There are 27 full-time and 80 adjunct faculty, 23 of whom are members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The student body numbers 340, with 264 undergraduates and 76 graduates. Further information about the School can be found at:

    The Dean is the chief academic officer of the School of Music and reports to the Provost and Academic Vice President. The Dean assures the quality of academic programs, directs organizational planning and development, and participates in policy formation for the University. The Dean also oversees curriculum planning and development and is responsible for fundraising, budgeting, and faculty and staff recruitment, evaluation, and development.

    The successful candidate for the position should have a demonstrated record of effective leadership in academia and the arts and should be able to contribute to the task of increasing the visibility of the School of Music both regionally and nationally. The candidate should, in the spirit of the city of Pittsburgh, be a builder of bridges - between departments within the school, between the school and the whole of the university, and between the school and the vibrant musical community of the region. A proven track record in fund raising is important. The candidate should possess excellent communication skills and should have the ability to serve as an advocate for the School of Music in all of its creative, scholarly, and service-oriented endeavors. The ideal candidate will embrace the collegial and collaborative spirit of the faculty, staff, and students at the school, opening avenues for the development of individuals' strengths while at the same time providing strategic leadership for the school as a whole. The candidate should be adept at navigating the academic environment but should also be familiar with - and should be able to position the School of Music to meet - challenges and opportunities offered by the changing landscape of professional music-making in the 21st century (including music technology, distance learning, interdisciplinary studies, and industry trends). A strong commitment to the University mission is expected, and candidates should also value diversity - of people, ideas, talents, and faiths. A Ph.D. or other terminal degree in Music or a related field is desirable.

    The application should consist of a detailed letter of application, a complete current resume, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of four references. References will not be contacted until the final stages of the selection process. Review of applications will begin 8 January 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit your application documents electronically, addressed to Ms. Marla Bradford, at:

    Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an education institution as an employer.