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New associate dean for faculty and academic affairs in the College of Fine Arts

Jared Rawlings will take the reins from Melonie B. Murray who has served in this capacity since 2018, as she moves into her new role as the director of the School of Dance.

Jared R. Rawlings

On July 1, 2022, the College of Fine Arts will welcome its newest member of the Dean’s Cabinet with Jared R. Rawlings, PhD stepping into the role of Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs.

“We’re very excited to welcome Jared to our CFA leadership team,” said College of Fine Arts Dean John Scheib. “He brings with him a strong experience in curriculum management, and is well known for his excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills along with being a thoughtful and detail-oriented problem solver.”

Rawlings will take the reins from Melonie B. Murray who has served this capacity since 2018, as she moves into her new role as the Director of the School of Dance.

“I have appreciated the opportunity to serve my School of Music colleagues work toward their goals,” Rawlings said. “And I am thrilled to begin working with students, staff, faculty, and administrators throughout the College of Fine Arts in our shared efforts to increase access and inclusion and to support student success.

Rawlings, an Associate Professor of Music Education, served as the Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Utah and as Music Education Area Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Prior to the University of Utah, he was Assistant Professor and Director of Music Education at Stetson University School of Music.

Rawlings consistently works with scholars, master pedagogues, and performing artists of varied disciplines. His research, which appears in leading research journals and texts, addresses issues related to teacher/conductor pedagogy, expressive movement and music ensemble classroom environment. Partnerships with school districts, which complement a dynamic research profile, are integral to his creative work. His award-winning research focused on bullying in music classrooms has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association, the World Anti-Bullying Forum, and the Bullying Research Network. Moreover, he has presented his research to national and international audiences across the world. Rawlings was elected as a peer reviewer for scholarly journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Journal of Child Development, Youth and Society, and Music Educators Journal and has served as a National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs Panel Reviewer. In addition to his research profile, Rawlings serves as an active guest conductor and clinician across the United States.

Rawlings received a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan with a cognate in Wind Band Conducting; a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace University (cum laude). He is an active member of the National Association of Music Education (NAfME), the Utah Music Education Association, College Band Director’s National Association, Society of Research on Adolescence, and the Bullying Research Network.