Open Faculty Positions

Faculty Appointment in Church Music: Director of the Sacred Music Program

Perkins School of Theology and Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University seek a Director of the Sacred Music Program. This is a full-time, tenured or tenure-track position with open rank in church music (Position #00050995). Responsibilities include teaching in degree programs of Perkins School of Theology (particularly the Master of Sacred Music, Doctor of Pastoral Music, Doctor of Ministry programs), of the Music Division in Meadows School of the Arts (particularly as this relates to the choral program) and, as appropriate, the Graduate Program in Religious Studies; directing the Sacred Music Program, including student recruitment and maintenance of the collaborative relationship between the schools of Theology and Arts;  participation in the life and work of Perkins  School of Theology, the Meadows School of the Arts and other parts of the University.


Essential qualifications include holding a Ph.D., DMA or equivalent degree; demonstrated or potential achievement as a scholar, practitioner and teacher in the field of church music; demonstrated or potential achievement in choral conducting, hymnology and the practice of congregational song; competence in administrative tasks; demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to working across cultural diversity in church music; knowledge of and commitment to the life of a faith community; commitment to maintain and enrich the relationship between the Sacred Music Program and the church; commitment to the primary objectives of Perkins School of Theology and the Music Division of Meadows School of the Arts; commitment to the primary objectives of the MSM, DPM and D.Min. programs.


Desirable qualifications include background, interests, perspectives and abilities that complement those of other members of the Perkins and Meadows faculties and that further the stated commitment of the faculties to inclusiveness.  Knowledge of and appreciation for the Wesleyan theological traditions and their relationship to other Christian theological traditions.


Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.


For most complete consideration, applications should be submitted by January 22, 2018. Applications must be submitted electronically at and have a cover letter, c.v., and names and contact data for at least three references. The successful applicant should expect to begin teaching in the fall of 2018.


SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.  The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX  75205, 214-768-3601,