LAREDO, Texas — Dr. James Moyer, a son of Jean Moyer, of Shamokin, and the late Robert Moyer, was recently granted tenure at Texas A&M International University. In addition, Moyer has been promoted to associate professor of music.
Over the past two years, Moyer served in an interim status as co-chair and now chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. With tenure and promotion granted by the A&M Board of Trustees and the Chancellor, he will now become the permanent chairman for the department.
His new role allows him to remain as the band director and teaching percussion students at the university, but with a reduced teaching load. From 2014 to 2017, Moyer had the highest teaching load on campus with a semester credit hour (SCH) total of 32-33 per year. Full-time teaching load within all 11 A&M campuses is 24 per year.
Moyer will supervise 19 full-time faculty, nine adjunct faculty and fou staff members. He also works with faculty to redesign degree plans and will be the main force behind seeking membership for the university in the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
NASM is the national accrediting body for college music programs and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), having only been in the A&M system since 1995, when its new 150-acre campus opened, is not yet a member school.
In addition to the significant task of NASM accreditation, Moyer plans to initiate the university’s first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art and explore options for a major in dance/theatre, both of which are minors only. While tending to daily operations and budget management, Moyer recently managed four successful faculty searches, the most of any department at TAMIU, and has received three grants so far this year for the art program.
This summer, the FPA building will be the first on campus to complete a total changeover to LED lighting, saving the university hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in electric bills.
TAMIU’s present enrollment is 7,500 students. In 2020, it will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a university, the first of which was called Laredo University in 1970. This will also mark 25 years at the current campus, which is completing the addition of a $50 million classroom and laboratory for science and engineering.
Moyer was formerly director of bands at Palisades High School and Lafayatte College, administrator of music at Marywood University and associate professor of music at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He also worked for four years as an account executive for Holcomb’s Education Resource and Apple Inc.
He has authored numerous articles in national and international music journals, has two marimba books and seven marimba and xylophone arrangements published and is completing his third book for college percussion methods classes.
Moyer is a 1976 graduate of Shamokin Area High School and holds a bachelor degree in music education from Susquehanna University and both an MM and DMA from the University of Oklahoma.
He resides in Laredo, Texas, with his wife, Isabel Martins Rodrigues, a surgical nurse born and raised in Brazil.