Stelle: Director (Center for Popular Music, MTSU)

Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University:
Director (Tenure-Track)
Requisition Number: 2406
Review of position begins: October 28, 2013
Position available: July 1, 2014

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 the nation’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 July 1, 2014. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field of popular music studies or contemporary history.
  • A bachelor’s degree and a distinguished career of at least 10 years as an executive or scholar in a music-related field will be deemed as equivalent to the terminal degree.
  • Demonstrated administrative ability and professional experience in a research center and/or archives of music related materials. Successful candidate should have strong record of scholarship or professional achievement in popular music as well as excellent communication skills, vision, and creativity as a leader. Success in working with students expected.

Preferred Qualifications

Success at grant writing and/or fund-raising experience a plus.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of position begins 10/28/2013 and is advertised as open until filled.

Required documents for a complete application:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
Submit as other document(s):
3. Statement of teaching philosophy
4. Research interest statement

Additional Information

Official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees and three letters of recommendations, specific to the position, will be required if you are selected for an on-campus interview. Please send to:

Dr. Ken Paulson
Dean, Mass Communication
MTSU Box 91
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Proof of U.S. citizenship OR eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at 615-898-2424.

MTSU, a culturally diverse university, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution and employer. Women, ethnic minorities, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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