R. Scott Tomlison, Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education, duties include teaching methods courses, applied trumpet lessons, brass techniques, and supervising student teachers. Prior to his appointment at Mercyhurst, Dr. Tomlison was the Director of Bands at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas. His responsibilities included instrumental conducting, teaching music education courses, and supervising student teachers. He has taught public school music for a total of nine years, including appointments at Poplar Bluff High School (Missouri), Gallatin Co. High School (Kentucky), Grant Co. High School (Kentucky), and Miami East High School (Ohio).
In addition to his McPherson appointment, his previous collegiate experience includes Director of Bands at Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana.
Dr. Tomlison has served as adjudicator/clinician in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and Kansas. He holds a B.M.E. Degree from Eastern Kentucky University, an M.M.E. degree from Murray State University, and a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His professional Affiliations include Kansas Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, International Association for Jazz Education, College Band Directors National Association, Judges Association of Mid-America, and Phi Mu Alpha.