Linda Duckett, Professor of Music, currently teaches music theory, organ and harpsichord. This past year she traveled to South America to perform recitals of American music and research indigenous music of Ecuador. Dr. Duckett served as Chair of the MSU, Mankato, Department of Music, and was active in the National Association of Schools of Music. She completed two terms as an elected member of the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation, and has given papers and chaired panels for Annual Meetings of the Association. She served six years on the National Council of the American Guild of Organists, and one term on its Executive Committee as Convener of the Regional Councilors; she has given papers and workshops for National American Guild of Organist Conventions, and was a featured artist for an AGO Regional Convention. A recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award from MSU Mankato, and Advisor of the Year Award from Stephens College, Dr. Duckett received the Clarence E. Harris Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Cultural Diversity Program at MSU. Her graduate degrees in organ performance, with concentrated studies in music theory and musicology, are from Indiana University.
Dr. Duckett has twice served as Interim Director of the Office of Affirmative Action at MSU Mankato, where she also serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity Commission. Currently an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching & Learning, she held office as President of the Minnesota College and University Council of Music, and was a member of the Minnesota State Board of the American Council of Education National Identification Program for Women in Higher Education Administration. She has completed training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and has been awarded Faculty Research and Faculty Improvement grants for continuing study in theory and theory pedagogy, performance practice, organ-building and design, critical thinking, mediation, and study of non-western music. During the 2006-2007 academic year Dr. Duckett was a Faculty Fellow for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Co-Chair of the Planning Sub-Meet and Confer, and was a member of the Faculty Association Executive Committee.
Dr. Duckett attended the four-week Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr, PA. From 2000-2001 she served as Dean of Faculty and Chief Academic Officer at Effat College, a small private college for women in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, where she worked with the Ministry of Education for the Kingdom, the Effat College Founders Board, and with Effat College administrators, faculty and students to establish and oversee the academic agenda for the college.