Dean, Townsend School of Music

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Work type: Administrative
Location: Macon, GA
Categories: Music/Art/Theater

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Townsend School of Music

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Mercer University invites applications for the position of Dean of the Townsend School of Music.   The successful candidate will be an experienced and visionary leader and will oversee strategic planning, recruitment and faculty development.  The Dean will also have oversight of the programmatic, fund-raising, and management operations of the School and will report to the Provost.

Located in Macon, Georgia, a vibrant metro area approaching a population of 250,000 and located 80 miles south of Atlanta, the Townsend School of Music is a comprehensive school offering undergraduate degrees in music education, performance, music with elective studies, and a BA in music, as well as graduate degrees in performance, collaborative piano, instrumental and choral conducting and church music.  The School has an enrollment of 100 undergraduate and graduate students with 15 full-time faculty and 25 adjuncts.

Housed in the beautiful, state-of-the-art McCorkle Music Building, the school seeks to develop the whole musician through the integration of theory, practice and performance.  Partnering with community music organizations, the School has working relationships with principal members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to form the Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra, WMUM (Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Middle Georgia affiliate) and the Central Georgia Opera Guild.  A full schedule of student, faculty, guest artist and ensemble concert events are held at the University’s major performance venues: Neva Langley Fickling Hall, Newton Chapel and the Grand Opera House.  The Townsend School of Music also hosts two centers for specialized study: the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, housed in the historic Bell House on College Street, and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies.


Qualifications for this position include an earned doctorate in a related field from an accredited college university and a record of outstanding teaching and scholarship/performance that qualifies the candidate for a tenured professorship. The successful candidate will demonstrate exemplary collaborative leadership skills, integrity, and commitment to academic excellence and superior musicianship. 

Background Check

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Required Documents

CV, Cover Letter, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, References

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested candidates will need to complete a brief online application and attach a letter of application, current curriculum vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information for three professional references.

For questions, please contact:

Dr. Christopher A. Schmitz, Chair
Search Committee for Dean, Townsend School of Music
Mercer University

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  All applications will be held in the strictest confidence.  For more information on the Townsend School of Music and Mercer University, please visit the Mercer University home page at  

EEO Statement


Mercer University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

All faculty and staff, excluding student employees and on-call staff, are required to have the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved medical or religious exemption by the University no later than January 4, 2022. New hires as of January 4, 2022, will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination card or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption before their first day of employment.

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